Sandenn Killoran Regional Development Consultant

Responsibility Vs. Accountability

This post is to serve as a digital record of my monthly report delivered to council on the 15th of April, 2019.

It’s been an exciting month in the Village of Belledune and the world at large.

The brothers and sisters of USW 7085 and Glencore have broken off talks in their Collective Bargaining negotiations. And inside these walls, we are yet to figure out a means to effectively communicate with each other and the public in general.

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Being Canadian… Come Together

It's the end of 2018 and the world and our country hasn't been this divided for a long time. I wanted to send a message that encourages compromise, collaboration and innovation and discourages the plagues of our time ideological extremism. So in this the holiday season I ask you all as Canadians to #ComeTogether, maybe in time for the World Juniors! Please watch and share your thoughts.

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Don’t Get Bogged Down
Work and Career Stress

Don’t Get Bogged Down

Originally found on Contendo.ca

Sandenn’s Blog,

Today in Sandenn’s blog we are going to investigate what it is like to get buried under a mountain of your own creation. In business as well as in community and your own personal life it is very easy to get bogged down on the multitude of little tasks that neither bring you joy or profit. This isn’t a new phenomenon, nor is it unique to one sector more than another. The terrifying truth of these little time thieving, joy crushing tasks are that a lot like another substance you don’t want to deal with, there is a constant supply. Even worse we actually go out of our way to make sure that being buried by these tasks never changes. Today’s blog looks at the psychological factors that contribute as well as the consequences of inaction. (more…)

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Starting A Fire: A Mundane Adventure Series
I can be Batman

Starting A Fire: A Mundane Adventure Series

The Little Web Series That Just Might

First off, I have no illusions about this, I know that not a lot of people are going to watch this, care about these posts, I’ll never become internet famous or anything else that pretentious. I just thought to myself that a lot of people don’t fully comprehend what kind of work, dedication and almost constant disappointment come with the attempt to try and change the trajectory of a small community, that is set in their ways and resistant to change. This series more than anything is about sharing that experience.  (more…)

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Infamous Last Words

The Worst Argument for Anything Ever

I haven’t written a post in a while. There are a lot of reasons, one being that I am attempting to allow time to cool off after frustrating situations to collect my thoughts and adequately express myself and my ideas. What I’ve realized though is that by the time I have given myself enough distance from the last frustrating event, I inevitably run into another. So realizing this, I figured it was time to kill a bunch of birds with one post. On this blog, I have shared with people stories from my past, concepts, things I believe in, and the trials and tribulations of trying to build up a company and a community. Today, I am going to take down one of the most significant hurdles to a business’ and a community’s development; the belief and adherence to “THE WAY THINGS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN DONE.” 

If my why can be summed up as fighting for change and progress so that cycles can be broken and people, communities can be empowered, then the belief in doing things the way they have always been done, is precisely the opposite of what I believe. And those that hold this perspective, are fundamentally opposed to my beliefs, in short nothing infuriates me more and there is no opinion/person I have less patience for than those who recite this mantra.

In today’s rant, I’m going to dive into two scenarios I’ve encountered. They are not meant to be earth-shattering, and that’s the point. This idea or default setting of “It’s the way we’ve always done it.” is so pervasive it seeps into every aspect of our society and cripples us. In these examples, I hope to show that this attitude not only blocks any chance for growth or improvement but it can also simultaneously hasten your decline. Enjoy! (more…)

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There Be Giants – How to Change the Game and Grow In Tough Times

(This Blog Post Was Originally Prepared for Contendo.ca)

The Cost of Competing

Here at Contendo, we have two offices. One being in North East Calgary and the one where we do the bulk of our work is in Belledune, New Brunswick. I love my community and could describe it to you, but in reality, it is much the same as most small communities in North America. It could be a small town in rural Ontario or Iowa; the issues are shockingly similar. The evaporation of a traditional industry that used to support the local economy an aging demographic, a decline in the number of families having kids, and an exodus of young talented professionals to urban centers. (more…)

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