CSSE Professional Development Conference 2017 – Halifax, Nova Scotia

csse Sep 21, 2017

In a fast moving and ever-changing world, few things are constant. For ten years though, one thing has been firmly set in our calendar: the CSSE conference. We’re just home from this year’s conference feeling inspired and motivated, if a little bit jet-lagged!

From the opening ceremony to the closing words and everything in between, this year’s CSSE PDC was a fantastic success, and a place where many memories were made.

“Wherever you are on your personal journey, the key messages or learnings you take away from a conference will vary.” Explains Bridget, Hundred Acre’s founder and director. “What’s important is taking time to consider, apply, reflect and discuss what you’ve heard and learnt. This year, I’ve done that by the bucketful.”

Returning to Halifax, Nova Scotia, completed a full circle for Bridget. When the CSSE conference was last held in Halifax, it was 2010 and our Hundred Acre world was very different. Today, Hundred Acre is everyone’s safe place, and a place we’re proud to call home.

“When the opening keynote message sits with where you are in your own world, it’s an exciting feeling.” Says Bridget. “There’s a feeling of anticipation of what’s to come, and an excitement that stays with you throughout an event. This year’s PDC covered topics from teamwork to millennials and fatigue to mental health. The variety of presenters, which included an NBA star, a comedian and an actor, as well as my own dear friends and peers, all made my head spin as they delivered their sessions. Congratulations to all of the Conference Committee for an exceptionally well-developed programme, with themes that wove together perfectly.”

Now we’re home, we know it’s going to take a while to get over the PDC; it always does. Though as our favourite bear, Winnie-the-Pooh, says: “How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” While our focus is on getting back to work with everyone in our Hundred Acre world, the reflection will continue, and we’ll always be looking ahead to 2018’s PDC in Niagara Falls.

In his closing keynote speech, Allan Hawco encouraged us all to write our own story. Bridget is definitely writing hers. This chapter has CSSE, Halifax and many wonderful friends, along with a few lobsters and numerous Alexander Keith’s woven through it. We can’t wait to see what the next chapter holds.

For more information about the CSSE Professional Development Conference, visit their website at http://www.csse.org/annual_conference. If you’re interested in the upcoming IOSH Conference, take a look at http://www.ioshconference.com. Alternatively, please feel free to contact us via our contact page or call us on +44 (0)1933 201103. We look forward to welcoming you to our Hundred Acre world; everyone’s safe place.


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