After finishing my co-op, I was on vacation for 2 weeks. Since I’ve been back, I’ve been a little overwhelmed with beginning of September craziness. Hope to go back to posting regularly within a week or so.
Sunny, hot and full of people in Ottawa. Since museums and the like are free on Canada Day, I decided to take advantage of this. I got around to:
- Canada Science and Technology Museum
- Canada Aviation and Space Museum
- Great Canadian Chicken BBQ
- Seeing the Royal Couple drive by (sadly, they were driving so quickly I couldn’t even get a picture though)
- Royal Canadian Mint
- Museum of Civilization
Great times. Tiring and long day though. I think I will need a weekend of reading to recover!
I had a fairly eventful National Public Service Week last week.
To begin with, there was a ‘kick-off’ event here with a video in honour of public servants. It was interesting to watch, because although I realized that the government does a lot for the country, it helped me realize that literally all sectors of our country likely have a related government department or agency (beyond finance/taxes).
To celebrate NPSW, our communications branch (I believe) set up wiki pages (via yours truly and coworkers) for people to add comments thanking other people’s hard work. I am proud to say that I added a comment as well thanking everyone, particularly the team, in helping me get settled in. I also greatly appreciate my coworkers putting up with my newbie questions.
For some context:
w2p stands for Web 2.0 Practitioners of the Government of Canada, a “community [which] focuses on sharing, identifying, helping and providing best practices within the Government of Canada, and share those leading examples across the public service.” You can follow the discussion on twitter: #w2p
Wednesdays of last week was a #w2p event and it was great. My first meetup with the group (since I missed the last one at the War Museum). I didn’t know anyone there, but the hosts were really friendly and so were all the other people I met. It was nice putting faces to names. I found it funny that half the people there either work or worked at NRCan at some point. A lot of good discussions and finding out what other people are doing. In particular, the accessibility web work that’s happening is quite interesting. I was also introduced to the @UXWG which is a government working group coming up with web guidelines. See Laura Wesley’s blog post summarizes UXWG.
Young Professionals Network Mixer
YPN organized an interdepartment mixer to encourage people to meet with young professionals in other departments. I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t a little more structured. They basically provided a place and time, but that was it. No introductory remarks, no ice breaker games, nothing to encourage people to actually mix. I was happy that I met new people from another department, but they were essentially coworkers of acquaintances. Still, it was great fun meeting other co-op students I hadn’t met before.
So, that was my NPSW. I’m glad I took the opportunity to go out to as many events as I could manage. It makes me all the more thankful that I had the opportunity in the first place. Thanks GC!
Just a quick post.
At my old work, wiki moderators = wiki gardeners.
At my new work, wiki moderators = wiki gnomes.
Interesting that they all refer to gardening in some way, but I suppose that’s just a general wiki trend. I think I like the gardener title better, but gnomes definitely allows for some interesting pictures.
The last couple of weeks have been somewhat trying as I’ve had all my final projects due and been dealing with summer co-op related things. I’m also coming to the realization that I really only have a month left here, which is a bit sad as I really do like working here. So, when life gets hard…
A little belatedly, but a Happy New Year and belated Happy Holidays (whichever you celebrated)!