A Source of Inspiration and Motivation
A key moment for Tina was the Women and Leadership Program where she witnessed productive encounters full of support and mutual aid. It was an environment of mutual respect and sincere open-mindedness. In addition to offering simultaneous interpretation to overcome language barriers, instructors are carefully selected to meet the needs of all participants and thereby further reflect the program’s inclusive nature.
Those exchanges, meetings, and learning experiences are a huge source of inspiration and motivation for Tina to this day. She stresses the particular relevance of structured time management, a crucial part of her role at Nemaska Lithium. Thanks to the activities carried out at FNEE, she developed concrete and tailored tools to transform abstracts concepts into resources applicable to her work. The ongoing sharing circle reinforced this experience-based approach, creating powerful images and facilitating the visualization of goals via group discussions.
Tina managed to capitalize on the innovative teaching approach at FNEE to then apply it to her daily work and get tangible and lasting results in communities with which she collaborates. Her capacity of influence has also vastly improved thanks to a greater assertiveness.
A space of sharing
Because she believes in FNEE’s mission and subscribes to its values and teaching methods, Tina strongly recommends it to all First Nations. She also points out that in spite of apparent differences, Indigenous communities share more similarities than divergences. In that respect, FNEE creates a space to share knowledge and experience that fosters communication in a common language and the understanding of everyone’s challenges and issues.
In conclusion, Tina Vassiliou’s experience in 2 programs at FNEE is a powerful example of how continuing education can play a crucial role in enhancing professional skills, nurturing leadership, and inspiring concrete projects for and by First Nations.