Since December 5, I have been living in North Vancouver and working in North Vancouver, leaving the cold and snow behind in Edmonton. The weather has been cool at times, but temperatures are usually above freezing and it is often raining (currently 10 degrees C). Imagine, for those used to the cold I left, you can sit on the patio at Starbucks having coffee in the rain in December. One of my recent photos was of such a patio. While the photos have not been as plentiful as I expected (favourites so far from Granville Island), I’m certain there will be more once I move to Whistler on January 17. Yes, I have no doubt we will be back in snow, but the location, atmosphere, and reason for being there will make it quite welcome.

My position relates to security screening management for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Everything else is on hold right now. I will return to my life and disability insurance business, and I will agressively pursue my PhD plans. How will this contract period help? The experience of working the Olympics is great as a large event. It is going to update and test my management skills. I am exposed to a specific area in security, focusing on screening such as you see at the airport. One of my interests is seeing how my observations of training, before and during the Games, can help provide ideas for my intended doctoral research. There’s not much I can say publicly right now, but I hope to have discussions to pursue some of my thoughts. This may go to the heart of informal learning as participants look forward to working at future major events such as London 2012.

Happy New Year to all!

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