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Canada’s First Indigenous Online Digital Literacy/Virtual Support Training Pilot Launched –
Five Indigenous women from British Columbia and Alberta are enrolled in Canada’s first online learning pilot program offering training in digital literacy and virtual support skills.
“DEVA”, the 20-Week Digital Literacy/Digital Executive Virtual Assistant (DEVA) Online Training Program launched its pilot on Monday, June 17, 2019. DEVA is comprised of 16 modules, delivered weekly, plus a four-week paid practicum @ 20 hours of paid work per week, all completely online.
A laptop and required software are supplied to each student which they keep upon the successful completion of their training program. During the practicum portion, each participant works for an organization under the supervision of Virtual eAdmin. Once their practicum is complete, participants have the option to continue working for Virtual eAdmin or independently. Whatever they decide, mentorship is provided for up to one year from the start of the program to solidify their new-found skills.
Sharon Marshall, founder and President of Cree8iv Collaboration, Inc., and DEVA Training & Staffing Solutions has a vision of training and hiring Indigenous women from across the country to join the Virtual eAdmin team, Sharon’s sole proprietorship, creating an Indigenous temp agency operating under the Cree8iv umbrella. With her 30+ years’ experience in office administration and 14+ years’ experience working remotely for individuals and organizations, Sharon has dedicated her life to empowering Indigenous women to find their voice. Sharon hopes that training in digital literacy and virtual support skills will also help Indigenous women to create economy in their communities, especially those living in remote communities with high unemployment.
About Cree8iv Collaboration, Inc.
Established in Campbell River, BC, Canada in July 2018, Cree8iv Collaboration, Inc. creatively collaborates with individuals and organizations to bring programs and services to remote communities. The first program for Cree8iv Collaboration is the DEVA pilot. Cree8iv Collaboration, Inc would like to thank Charlene SanJenko of PowHERhouse Media Group and David Carson of Land Forest People for their generous sponsorships, making this pilot possible.
For more information about DEVA visit www.digitaldeva.org or contact Sharon Marshall at 250.204.2089.
About Canadian Women Care social impact initiatives:
In 2017, PowHERhouse launched Canadian Women Care, a vehicle to catalyze and mobilize grassroots social impact projects. You can learn more about our founding advisory board and mission here. We are now pleased to partner with Cree8iv Collaboration, Inc. on the DEVA project. We are grateful for the guidance and support of our original CWC committee members as well as the social impact contributions made by various Canadian PowHERhouses through our events and memberships that have been brought forward to enable our action for impact at this time.