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The Sterling Creations Fall 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 Fall 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. The Third Quarter in Review
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. Sterling Services
  5. List of Blogs
  6. Contact Info

Message from the President

Dear readers:

I'd like to thank you for your continuing support of my company Sterling Creations because it is only through you and with you that we could continue to remain in business.

Despite the summer months, we have managed to keep on going and to this end our summer was spent engaged in a very exciting and unique initiative while at the same time we managed to hang on to our clients and to find some new ones.

I invite you now to read our third quarter in review. I thank my staff for all of their hard work and I wish you and yours a fantastic fall and the very best for the upcoming holiday season.

With very best wishes
Donna J. Jodhan
President, Sterling Creations

The Third Quarter in Review

The third quarter in review for us was one which was spent with much of our time engaged in the launch and support of our latest initiative. Our weekly podcast take another 5.

We launched it on July 02 and thus far we have managed to attract hundreds of downloaders to our podcast. Our podcast is all about helping you to stay abreast of info, relax and recharge, and to allow your imagination to roam and wonder.

Here is a brief description.

  • Segment 1 - Kitchen Corner. Recipes to help you improve your creative cooking and cooking skills. To provide you with recipes to help you whenever you find yourself in a crunch. Recipes that you can use to make your friends and families appreciate and love you that much more. It is for the busy mom, the busy professional, and the one who has lots of time to spare. These recipes would surely help to make you more popular!
  • Segment 2 - Take Another 5 with Technology. This segment is meant for the one who wants to keep up with some of the latest and greatest apps available at the App Store and then we also introduce you to some very useful gadgets that you can use around the house. In the kitchen and elsewhere. You can save lots of time if you use the info in this segment to help you find things more quickly.
  • Segment 3 - The Five Minutes Mystery. Audio mysteries written and produced by me and it is meant to help you recharge, relax, and put your roaming and wondering imagination to work. Relax and listen while you have a cup of tea or coffee, while you are sitting back on your couch, or simply enjoying your sun deck. This is great audio comfort food for you to get to know and enjoy.
  • Segment 4 - In the End Zone with the Entrepreneur. Tips for the existing or budding entrepreneur. Here is where I share my many years of entrepreneurial experience with you. I share my years of entrepreneurial experience with my listeners as someone who has been one since year 2000.
  • Segment 5 - Building Awareness About Scams and Bullies. The latest scam alerts and building awareness about bullying and my personal campaign CAB which you can learn more about by visiting www.donnajodhan.com.

The scam alerts will help you to stay out of the clutches of those hackers and scammers and my bullying awareness will help you to do your part to stop the spread of bullying.

Take Another 5 is available for download from www.takeanother5.com and there are show notes to go along with each download. It is also available on iTunes, Google play music, iBlink Radio, the podcast section at the app tune in radio and coming soon from ACB Radio.

We thank Mike Ciarciello and Mike Babcock for their producing and marketing support.

Our accessibility team picked up a new client in the United States and for the next while this team will be engaged in user testing and accessibility evaluation.

The writing and research teams continued to produce monthly articles for Lori Motis at www.theblindpost.com; from the pages of Donna's travel diary and they also started to produce weekly articles for Dan Thompson's Friday Finds; tips for entrepreneurs and scam alerts.

Our accessibility team picked up a new client in the United States and for the next while this team will be engaged in user testing and accessibility evaluation.

The writing and research teams continued to produce monthly articles for Lori Motis at www.theblindpost.com; from the pages of Donna's travel diary and they also started to produce weekly articles for Dan Thompson's Friday Finds; tips for entrepreneurs and scam alerts.

In addition they continued to create content for our core websites; www.sterlingcreations.ca, www.sterlingcreations.com, and www.donnajodhan.com.

The latter is now being populated with brand new content from author Donna's author's tips along with upcoming events and archives of past events.

Our unstoppable president continued to focus her efforts on the Barrier Free Canada - Canada Sans Barrières initiative and you can learn more about this great initiative by visiting www.barrierfreecanada.org.

In September Donna visited Halifax to make a presentation to members from a variety of groups representing persons with various disabilities and earlier on she paid a visit to the Mayor of Halifax and he has since written a letter in support of BFC-CSB.

Donna thanks Pat Gates and Louise Gillis for having helped to organize this trip and the CNIB for having sponsored it.

Donna has also been asked to make similar presentations to groups in Ottawa and Saskatchewan in the coming months.

At the end of September our president attended a focus group meeting hosted by Elections Canada and for this meeting group members were asked to evaluate and make suggestions for the improvement of voting templates for voters who are blind and vision impaired as well as to give ideas for improving the voting experience from start to finish. A lot of the discussion centered around making processes more accessible in the voting booth.

In September, Donna met with officials from the Canadian Transportation Agency where she was asked to share her views on the Agency's accessible transportation discussion paper and she has since made a submission on behalf of BFC-CSB to the Agency.

During the month of September Donna was busy working with others to host an October 29 tele town hall meeting; a first of its kind and a unique one where people will be given an opportunity to speak up and speak out. It is all about giving members of the community who are disabled or associated with persons with disabilities the opportunity to give their views on how a consumer advocacy movement could be improved.

The title to this tele town hall is "Let's get it out there" and Donna has been interviewed by Accessible Media Inc on this.

Donna wishes to thank her hard working team for all of their help. Richard Marion, Anthony Tibbs, Robin East, Albert Ruel, Melanie Marsden, Pat Seed, Louise Gillis, Jane Blaine, and Paul Edwards.

So what's on the drawing table for the fourth quarter? Well, we're only going to give you a hint. Something exciting is about to happen; the development of a really unique concept but you need to stay tuned to hear more. In the meantime, have yourselves a fantastic fall and a super upcoming holiday season.

With very best wishes
The Sterling Creations team

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
  • Mike Babcock – technical and marketing support for www.takeanother5.com
  • Mike Ciarciello – producer of the Take Another 5 podcasts
  • Blair Stainton – producer of our audio mysteries
  • Oliver Turner – producer of our audio mysteries

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.

They can also help you to write product reviews and for those having problems crafting their papers in English, they are here to help you edit and format your work.

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

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:

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

Author Donna Jodhan's podcast
http://www.takeanother5.com

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