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Local leader receives rare international award

Roberta Neault  - Submitted photo
Roberta Neault
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Dr. Roberta Neault, President of Life Strategies — an Aldergrove-based career consulting and training organization — was honoured to receive the Gold Medal and Diamond Pin for Leadership in Career Development.

This prestigious award was presented by Stu Conger (former Director General of HRDC) on January 25 at the 2011 CANNEXUS conference in Ottawa. Previously presented to only four other individuals in Canada and Europe, the Gold Medal award was established to recognize outstanding organizational leadership.

Neault was selected as a "shining example of professional and organizational leadership in Canada and internationally."

Aside from founding Life Strategies Ltd., she has served on numerous local, national, and international boards and has been instrumental in launching a Canadian Council of Career Development Associations. She currently serves as editor of the US-based Journal of Employment Counseling and sits on the executive of the Career Development Chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (formerly serving for four years as their B.C. Chapter president).

In presenting the award, Conger described Neault as "a champion of innovation [who] consistently treats roadblocks to progress for the career development profession as opportunities for creative problem-solving." He continued, "She is a forthright defender of professional standards [who] gives very generously of her time and expertise to volunteer committees and projects which are in the best interests of the profession. Neault's pragmatic "can do" attitude ensures that customized solutions are innovative and affordable."

Life Strategies is a local organization with an international reach; their "e-learning" students come from Africa, the Middle East, China, Australia, and throughout North America. They have also consulted on projects in China, Dubai, and Texas as well as supported local organizations in the Fraser Valley.

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