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The Sterling Creations Spring 2016 Newsletter

Hello and welcome to the Sterling Creations newsletter, which is produced quarterly. We hope that you enjoy it and encourage you to pass it along to those who may be interested in the types of services that we offer. We welcome your feedback and invite you to give us your comments for it is only through you and with you that we can improve our services.

The Spring 2016 newsletter is also available in PDF, Word, or Plain Text formats. A complete archive of the Sterling Creations newsletters can be found here.

Table of contents

  1. Message from the President
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. The First Quarter in Review
  4. Sterling Services
  5. List of Blogs
  6. Contact Info

Message from the President

Dear friends:

I can't tell you how happy I am that spring is finally here. Mind you; our winter was a rather mild one with much less snow and cold weather but never the less, I am just happy that the birds are back and that the flowers are starting to bloom once more.

Sterling Creations has just finished its first quarter for 2016 and for the last three months our company and I have been traveling at break neck speed to keep up with everything. Sometimes it feels as if we're simply just barely staying abreast with all that is going on but I would not have it any other way.

So without much ado I invite you now to read our first quarter in review. I thank the Sterling Creations team for their continuing excellent work and I thank you for your continuing support.

With best wishes for a super spring
Donna J. Jodhan
President, Sterling Creations

Acknowledgments

Sterling Creations would like to thank the following persons:

  • Aaron Di Blasi – web developer for www.donnajodhan.com
  • Frances Moffat – web support for www.sterlingcreations.ca and www.sterlingcreations.com, and support for LinkedIn
  • Sambhavi Chandrashekar – Linkedin support
  • Jamie Brown of Lumasis – website hosting
  • Dee Scott – blog support for www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com
  • Dena Patrick – technical support for Facebook and Twitter
  • Imran Ingar – technical support
  • The folks at MIAD – technical support
  • Vashaun Jones – Marketing support for Author Donna Jodhan and www.jodhanmysterybook.club
  • Mike Babcock – Twitter support for www.donnajodhan.com and www.jodhanmysterybook.club
  • Blair Stainton – producer of our audio mysteries
  • Oliver Turner – producer of our audio mysteries

The First Quarter in Review

The first quarter of 2016 was filled with a lot of activity, new ventures, and potential opportunities on the near horizon and we were all there to be a part of it. We'll switch things around for a change and start with the adventures of our president Donna J. Jodhan.

On January 26 Donna along with several well known advocates within the blind community met with a high level team from the Canadian Human Rights Commission. This meeting was held in Ottawa and was hosted by the CHRC and the theme was "Working together."

It was a day long meeting where several important issues were discussed pertaining to how the CHRC and members of the blind community could find new and more affective ways to work together. Among other things these issues included discussion of a potential Canadians with disabilities Act, the UNCRPD, CHRC's role in an evolving landscape, and concerns as seen through the eyes of Canadians who are blind and visually impaired.

It was agreed that the meeting was quite fruitful and now we await next steps; a tele conference with the chief commissioner of the CHRC and her team.

On February 15 Donna again traveled to Ottawa but this time it was for a meeting of the advisory group on disability issues for Elections Canada. This was a two day meeting during which time the group was addressed by Marc Mayrand; Chief electoral Officer of Elections Canada. Monsieur Mayrand has always taken time to address this group at the beginning of every meeting.

Among other things; the group had the opportunity to give input into the recent Federal Elections which was held on October 19 2015, received updates from Elections Canada on potential activities, and was told that there is going to be an upcoming meeting with the new Federal minister hopefully at the next meeting to be held some time in the spring.

On January 29 Donna traveled to Montreal to kick start a Québec affiliate for Barrier Free Canada - Canada sans Barrières.

On February 01 she met with a group of advocates that included Irene Lambert, Natalie Martiniello, Heather Rupert, Laurence Parent, Melanie Benard, and Stephanie Chipeur. The objective was to include this dynamic group in the activities of BFC-CSB and everyone agreed that it was a very successful meeting.

BFC-CSB now has a total of six provincial affiliates; from BC to Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, and most recently Nova Scotia.

Huge thanks go out to all those who are responsible for helping to start up the provincial affiliates.

Donna thanks everyone in the various provinces for their continuing support.

On the evening of February 01 Donna made a presentation to the Montreal chapter of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians where she spoke about the need for a Canadians with disabilities Act. She encouraged members to support the initiative and told them that their future was in their own hands and that she was looking forward to passing on the torch to them in the not too distant future.

Our president is the founder and co-chair of Barrier free Canada - Canada sans Barrières.

On February 10 Donna was interviewed by the in studio live team of Accessible Media Inc and in this interview she was asked to give her views on Minister Qualtrough's comments on the Government's initiative to pass a Canadians with disabilities Act.

On March 22 Donna was again interviewed but this time by Kim Kilpatrick and Shelly Morris for their radio show in Ottawa and this time she brought listeners up to date on the activities of BFC-CSB and talked about the first year of BFC-CSB as an organization and listed some of its accomplishments. IE, the thousands of supporters on social media, the hundreds of yes supporters and those requesting updates, and the commitments from over 20 organizations from coast to coast. Additionally, the strong commitment from the government along with the Green and NDP Federal parties and the city of Toronto.

In its first budget speech, the Government committed 2 million dollars over the next two years to pass a Canadians with disabilities Act. A first for any Government to be doing!

On February 18 Donna gave a presentation to the Getting together with technology group; the Toronto chapter and her speech centered around low tech aids for the kitchen. She introduced such products as: A liquid indicator, an indicator to be used when boiling eggs, a hotdog cooker, talking measuring cups, talking coffee maker, plus more. The presentation was held at the CNIB Toronto facilities.

On March 17 our unstoppable president made a presentation to youngsters at the CNIB. Her speech focused on explaining how persons of all ages could speak up for themselves; in a professional, appropriate, and self assured way. These youngsters ranged in age from 12 to 19 and they were at the CNIB at a week long March break camp.

Continuing in the advocacy vein, Donna was interviewed by Mike Babcock of Fedora Outlier in February and this interviewed focused on Donna as an advocate and author. Donna will be teaming up with Mike to start an exciting initiative in the spring of 2016.

Donna also continued to work with Bill Shackleton of Accessible Media Inc to record shows for the "how it works show." These audio recordings are going to be included on AMI's website and it is all about how you can make things work in a plethora of daily circumstances as a blind person.

Not to be outdone, author Donna Jodhan in conjunction with the Glenvale players presented their first murder mystery evening in Toronto on March 04. Author Donna acted as Judge Jill Jadestone and wrote, produced and directed a mystery called "the demise of greedy Gumbo."

The dinner and show was completely sold out and the audience especially enjoyed that they were able to directly participate in the solving of the mystery. Plans are a-foot for another murder mystery evening to be held sometime in the fall. Donna thanks her sponsors the Glenvale players, CNIB, and CCB. With huge thanks to Sue Marsh-woods, Ian White, Rhonda Underhill Grey, Gabriella Sharrard, Sue Leask, and Megan Woodford.

In the meantime, Sterling Creations continued to service its clients across North America and in Britain. Our writing, accessibility, and research teams also continued to support our major websites; www.sterlingcreations.ca, www.sterlingcreations.com, and www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com.

We supported the writing of blogs and editorials, accessibility testing, and research initiatives.

So what's on the drawing board for the next quarter? What can our friends, supporters, and customers look forward to for the very near future?

All we'll tell you is that watch for a new weekly podcast feature. Additionally, some new initiatives for author Donna Jodhan and more interaction with the Canadian Government.

With very best wishes for a terrific spring
The Sterling Creations team

Sterling Services

Our Accessibility Services

Meet our accessibility team! Made up of a hard working group of very dedicated professionals.

This team offers compliance and evaluation services. They can help you to test and evaluate your websites for W3C compliance. They are experienced at what they do and some of their tasks include:

  • Accessible website design and development.
  • Accessible website testing and evaluation.
  • Accessible content development.
  • Creation of user testing, technical support, high level, and detailed evaluation documents.
  • Managing of user testing teams.
  • User and technical support.
  • Hardware and software evaluations of access technology.
  • Presentations, seminars, and workshops.

Meet our research services team! Our newest edition.

This team can help you to research info on all kinds of topics. From simple subjects to the more complicated ones, this team can do it.

At the present time the research team is heavily involved in helping clients to research info for some very complicated Human Rights cases and in addition, they are assisting several authors to find ways to market their books.

They also offer their research services to home businesses, small businesses, and to individuals.

Some of their tasks include:

  • Researching of requested info.
  • Producing well-written documents containing the requested info.

This team can carry out Internet, phone, and library research on your behalf.

Meet our writing team! Known as the one-stop writing shop.

This team is probably the busiest of our groups. Working with authors, students, and marketing personnel from companies of all sizes.

Some of their tasks include:

  • Proofreading and editing.
  • Copy writing.
  • Re-writes.

The writing team can help you to enhance and expand your articles, blogs, newsletters, online magazines, and web content.

Meet our translation team! Made up of translators and language coaches.

This team works in English, French, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin. They are heavily involved in the translation of storybooks for kids into several languages.

Their language coaches are also heavily involved in helping business professionals and new Canadians to become more proficient at writing and speaking English.

Our dynamic team of translators and language coaches can help you to improve and translate your articles, blogs, emails, faxes, newsletters, and online magazines. In addition, they offer services to help you improve your phone conversation.

Some of their tasks include:

  • Translation.
  • Language coaching.
  • Transcription.
  • Proofreading and editing.

To learn more about our accessibility activities, visit www.sterlingcreations.ca.

To learn more about how you can use our research and writing services to help you be successful in your endeavors, visit www.sterlingcreations.com.

List of Blogs

The following is a list of websites where you can read blogs and editorials written by Donna J. Jodhan:

Donna Jodhan! Advocating accessibility for all
www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com

Sponsored by the American Printing House for the Blind
www.fredshead.info

Weekly features on how to increase your success with your business ventures
www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm

Weekly articles and editorials on issues about accessibility
www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog

The latest news about Author Donna Jodhan
www.sterlingcreations.ca/news.html

Ask an expert – how you can make your products and services more accessible www.sterlingcreations.ca/askanexpert.html

Editorials: Issues and concerns on diversity in the workplace
www.diversityintheworkplace.ca

From the pages of Donna's travel diary
www.theblindpost.com

The new and exciting detective series starring Donna Jodhan as Detective DJ:
www.donnajodhan.com

Ask an author:
www.sterlingcreations.ca/askanauthor.html

Contact Info

To contact us by email: Please send your email to info@sterlingcreations.ca.
To contact us by phone: Please give us a call at (416) 491-7711.
Web: www.sterlingcreations.ca
For Author Donna Jodhan: www.donnajodhan.com