Executive Admin Job Posting: April 1, 2019

Job Title: Executive Assistant

Job Purpose

The Executive Assistant provides high quality, confidential administrative and clerical assistance to the Executive Director and Leadership Team to support effective and efficient provision of organizational service delivery, operations management and reporting.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities


  • Work with all team members to achieve organizational mission, vision, mandate and strategic priorities.
  • Actively participate in organizational strategic visioning and planning.
  • Actively participate in organizational activities including community involvement, volunteering and/or resource development.
  • Represent and promote the organization in the community through community and employer partnerships, and participation in stakeholder meetings and working groups.
  • Utilizing program experience, knowledge and evaluation, identify gaps in service and present ideas for organizational growth to Program Manager.

Professional Development:

  • Work with Executive Director to identify, understand and monitor expectations, and strategies for successful outcomes.
  • Actively participate in organizational professional development opportunities and evaluations.
  • Stay current in organizational core modalities, practicing and integrating them into service delivery and team communication and support.

General Reception and Client Services

  • Provides backup support to the Administrative Coordinator for General Reception.
  • Ensures a welcoming environment which reflects the RWPC mission, and champions processes and activities which enhance the client experience
  • Collaborate with the Group Facilitator to manage and deliver the weekly information sessions – gathering data, assigning clients and reporting to the Ministry of Social Services.
  • Understands RWPC services to ensure seamless transfer of clients

Executive Administrative Services

  • Provides confidential administrative support to the Executive Director and Leadership Team.
  • Responsible for meeting minutes and note taking for Leadership Team.
  • Work with Executive Director to complete Board Reports and prepare for board meetings, preparing information in a confidential, effective and succinct format.
  • Collaborating with Executive Director, leads facility management including contact with Landlord to respond to issues and ensure resolution.
  • Research and develop strong understanding of PIPEDA and Digital Security Act
  • Work with IT provider and Executive Director to organize and manage successful IT services and infrastructure including security needs, urgent responses, planned updates and organization of software licenses.
  • Oversee staff computer password best practice, managing and maintaining all staff and organizational passwords in a confidential manner.
  • Oversee staff leave process and best practice, managing out of office calendar, recording and tracking leave requests and identifying discrepancies to Leadership Team.
  • Collaborate with staff to coordinate organizational group room bookings.
  • Work with Leadership Team to develop and deliver evaluation and follow up activities for internal events and research.
  • Establish and manage email and external communication network.  Complete research and maintain documentation.  Ensure partners are ok to receive communication.
  • Monitor marketing material supplies and manage ordering and distribution (business cards, brochures, posters, give aways)
  • Backup support to Financial Coordinator, including processing of payroll and paying bills.
  • Work with Executive Director to develop and oversee organizational cyber and office security and occupational health and safety.

Program Support:

  • Develops and maintains relevant forms, databases and information systems.
  • Completes data entry on client and program data.
  • Development and maintenance of files for all registered client across all contracts (hard copy and electronic).
  • Complete effective organizational file management, including disposal of outdated program and client records.
  • Review programs documents for consistency, formatting and errors.
  • Complete statistical reporting for programs and provide insight into trends for evaluative and strategic planning purposes.
  • Develop forms and systems for program and office efficiency.
  • Provide program support for group programs and information sessions.
  • Responsible to coordinate MicroAge partnership requirements, including scheduling, evaluation and reporting.

Areas of specialization/expertise

  • Each individual staff member will collaborate with Program Manager and team to identify areas of leadership, specialization and expertise within their own and others roles.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Knowledge of customer service principles and practices
  • Ability to positively interact with clients from various cultural, economic and social backgrounds
  • Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail with exceptional organizational and research skills.
  • Knowledge of confidential administrative and clerical procedures.
  • Able to work effectively within a team environment
  • Ability to format and compile information in a readable and visually appealing manner
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles
  • Strong problem solving skills using integrated and complex reasoning
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in the use of computers in:
  • Word processing
  • Databases
  • E-mail
  • Internet
  • Quickbooks


  • Post secondary Diploma or Degree in business and/or office administration.
  • Database management or Microsoft Access training.
  • Customer Service training
  • Conflict Resolution and Management training.
  • Reality Therapy Certified or a commitment to pursue Certification.
  • Motivation Interviewing and Stages of Change Training or a commitment to pursue.
  • 2-3 years of progressive administrative responsibility.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities.

A combination of education and experience may be accepted.

Reporting to: Executive Director

Position: Full Time Permanent


  • $38,544 – $40,068 annually
  • Employer contribution to RRSP
  • Extended health and dental benefits, Life, AD&D and Disability Insurance after 6 months.
  • Scheduled day off every 3 weeks.

Send all resumes ATTN: Ashley Boha to sledoux@workprep.ca. Please indicate in the subject line which job you are applying for.

Clothing and the Interview

By Tracy Tomlinson, CM

Common Tips – What not to wear to an interview

  • Flip flops
  • Tank tops
  • Short shorts
  • Underwear that sticks out from your clothing (this includes bra straps)
  • Skirts or dresses that are too short
  • Shirts that are too low or that expose your stomach
  • Too much cologne or perfume
  • Hats

Seems like common sense, but is it?  Clothing styles, fashion, appropriateness in a workplace, and workplace culture are all relative and unique.  However, there are a few tried and steady tips.  Your objective is to make a good impression.  Looking your best in how you dress is an important part of how others perceive you.  Ask yourself – what message do you want to send to a potential employer; what does this outfit say about you? Presenting yourself as the best candidate for the job and the right fit for the company can start with your clothing choice at your interview.

What is the Dress Code?

You’ve made it this far – you got the call for the interview.  Your next step should be to do your research.  Research the company’s website for hints on workplace culture.  If the company doesn’t have a website or you aren’t able to get the information you’re looking for, do a run through before the interview.  Take a visit to the business.  Find out what employees are wearing on a regular day.  

The smart choice is always business casual.  This is professional attire that isn’t formal, but it is a step up from jeans and a T-shirt. Keep jewellery simple, wear neutral colours, choose dress pants or a skirt, a fitted sweater or cardigan.  Remember not to wear anything that looks loose and sloppy.  A blouse or button down shirt that is ironed and pressed is the best bet.  Ensure your clothing isn’t wrinkled or missing buttons.  Wear comfortable closed toe shoes, even sticking with black shoes as a rule.  Make sure your shoes are not scuffed.  Pay attention to details.  You want to look polished.  This includes nail polish – if you decide to wear nail polish, make sure it’s fresh and not chipped.  Brush your hair.  Also, make sure you look organized.  If you take a purse, chose one that’s simple and classic. Try your clothing on a day or two before the interview.  Do a dress rehearsal.  This way you can make sure there are no holes, no stains, and no pet hair on your clothing.  Simple and clean is your best choice.

Workplace Culture?
Do your research! 🙂

The industry and the job you are interviewing for (your role within the company) is a consideration at times.  For example, some would say stay away from athletic clothing and running shoes.  Perhaps, this is not the case when interviewing for a position at a gym or a athletic retail store such as SportChek and Foot locker. 

Recap: Tips for Interview success

  1. Do your homework
  2. Err on the side of overdressing
  3. Pay attention to details
  4. Keep it simple
  5. Have a dress rehearsal

Recap: Decoding dress codes

Business professional:  In a business professional environment, suits are the norm, for men and women.  Women might also wear skirts or dresses and low heels, while men could wear a blazer or suit jacket, button down shirts, dress pants and dress shoes.

Business casual: Suits aren’t necessary with business casual.  Simple and conservative in these cases.

Casual: It is still important to look polished and professional. You never want to appear too casual.

Opportunity Mar 18, 2019 Program Manager

Apply to: sledoux@workprep.ca

Regina Work Preparation Centre

Job Title: Program Manager

Job Purpose

Work Prep is on a journey of transformation to encompass the characteristics and vision of a 21st century organization.  We are seeking a transformational leader that will join our management team on this journey, working in our youth and job launch contracts.

Committed to fostering a collaborative environment that supports growth, development and leadership at every level, this program manager will cultivate a workplace that thrives on lifelong learning, strategic risk taking and continuous change to get ahead of, and respond to the needs of our clients, community and the economy.  If this sounds like your style of leadership and excites you to think about joining a team like this, please consider applying!

The Program Manager provides overall management and leadership for programs offered by the Regina Work Preparation Centre to achieve program objectives and contractual obligations that assist the organization in fulfilling its mission, vision and mandate. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities


  • Work with the Executive Director, to:
    • Identify, develop and address any challenges, risks or issues that will affect organizational operation and effectiveness.
    • Achieve organizational vision, mission, mandate and strategic priorities.
    • Complete annual reporting.
    • Identify and provide input for the application to new funding opportunities.
    • Build organizational capacity, in people and infrastructure.
  • Actively participate in organizational strategic visioning and planning.
  • Actively participate in organizational activities including community involvement, volunteering and/or resource development.
  • Represent and promote the organization in the community through community partnerships, and participation in stakeholder meetings and sector committees.
  • Utilizing program results, evaluation and knowledge, identify gaps in service with a keen eye on opportunities for organizational growth.


  • Work with the Executive Director and Financial Coordinator, to:
  • Establish program and organizational budgets.
  • Review any identified challenges, successes and areas of opportunity with the Executive Director.
  • Discuss organizational financial needs to ensure all program resources are maximized.
  • Identify any systems or processes in need of improvement that will benefit the organization.
  • Work with the Financial Coordinator, to:
  • Review and monitor program/contract revenues and expenditures.
  • Identify financial needs for contracts/programs and bring to the attention of the ED to work as a team to address.
  • Identify and present any identified challenges, risks, successes and opportunities at reviews with ED.
  • Discuss and resolve any issues with program/staff adherence to financial protocols.
  • Review, approve and jointly submit financial reports for funders in collaboration with program reports.
  • Complete quarterly reconciliation of vacation accruals.
  • Work with Program Staff, to:
  • Ensure maximization of participant supports in a client centered, effective manner.
  • Work with staff to ensure that all financial documentation and protocols are followed.
  • Oversee and approve vacation accruals and use.

Professional Development:

  • Work with Executive Director to identify, understand and monitor expectations, and strategies for successful outcomes.
  • Actively participate in organizational professional development opportunities and evaluations.
  • Stay current in organizational core modalities, practicing and integrating them into service delivery and team communication and support.

Team Development/Human Resources:

  • Provide human resource oversight including the recruitment, assessment and hiring of new staff.
  • Assist Executive Director in the creation and implementation of performance review process.
  • Work with staff to define expectations and support staff in personal and professional growth by taking the time to coach, tutor, provide feedback and have discussions to achieve expectations.
  • Using performance review and accountability measures work with staff to recognize skills and knowledge to identify personal and professional outcomes and strategies for achievement.
  • Lead the professional development team, and work to identify professional development opportunities, expectations and evaluation.
  • Support staff in identifying gaps in services and presenting ideas and opportunities to Executive Director for discussion.

Program Management:

  • Responsible for funder relations, including:
    • Formal and informal communication regarding current contract inquiries.
    • Completion of all reporting requirements for existing contracts.
    • Responding to program ACAN’s and RFP’s.
    • Re-negotiating and negotiating current and future contracts.
  • Work with staff on the development of service delivery models that best meet current client needs, including outcomes, key deliverables and performance measures
  • Work with staff to ensure effective and efficient provision of programs and services that best meet the needs of our clientele while also addressing funder requirements.

Reporting and Evaluation:

  • Ensure the effective, efficient and confidential collection, processing and reporting of quality program files, reports and information requirements, through:
    • Activity monitors and evaluation.
    • Database content oversight and evaluation.
  • Work with staff to evaluate the provision of programs and services for the purpose of learning, growth and development of staff, the program and the organization.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Knowledge of employment and educational programs
  • Knowledge of career counselling theory and practice
  • Knowledge of vocational assessments
  • Ability to plan, organize and research
  • Able to work effectively within a team environment
  • Strong leadership skills particularly in a collaborative working environment embodying the characteristics of a transformational leader.
  • Strong management skills including budgeting, human resources and reporting/file management 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in the use of computers in:
  • Word processing
  • Databases
  • E-mail
  • Internet

Reporting: Executive Director


  • Undergraduate degree in social work, social sciences or related field
  • Reality Therapy Certified or a commitment to pursue Certification.
  • Motivation Interviewing and Stages of Change Training or a commitment to pursue.

** While commitment to pursue will be considered, all individuals applying must be able to effectively demonstrate understanding of Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change and Reality Therapy/Choice Theory and its application to career and employment services.


  • Minimum five years experience in career and employment services, particularly in the human service sector and in community based organizations
  • Project management experience in a not for profit setting would be a definite asset.
  • Previous experience working with the individuals who face barriers to successful participation in the labour market, youth, and/or individuals who have been involved in the provincial and federal justice system.

A combination of education and experience may be accepted.

Apply by: March 18, 2019

Apply to: sledoux@workprep.ca

Salary: $51,228 annually.  Scheduled Day Off every three weeks, comprehensive benefit plan.

We thank all those individuals who are interested in our organization and this position, only those selected for an interview will be selected.  No phone calls please.

Ehrica Tanner – Success Story

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Impact Story – Ehrica Tanner

“Regina Work Preparation Centre has been my favorite place to go” says Ehrica, a young mother of two who had been looking for work since August 2017.  According to Sask Trends Monitor, employment in Saskatchewan declined by 0.2% in 2017, the second-worst performance among the provinces and the second year in a row with an employment drop while employment increased in 8 out of 10 other provinces.  Frustrated by a lack of progress in her job search and employers not calling her back, Ehrica inquired about the Youth Employment Readiness Project (YERP) at Work Prep. 

“I had been wishing to be in a better place for quite some time.  I wanted to be more independent and make my own money instead of relying on social assistance. “ Ehrica knew that to gain her independence and find a family sustaining meaningful job she needed to work on her employability skills.  YERP helped her to do just that.  Ehrica learned how to specialize her cover letters and resumes for the job she was applying for, she worked on her interview skills and learned more about herself and how she could work through her challenges to finding employment. 

Through her hard work and determination, Ehrica secured employment and was recently awarded with employee of the quarter.  She has now been able to obtain her driver’s license and a vehicle, moving her forward in her goals to create a better life for her family. “My motivation is my kids, they need to see me as a role model.  I want to work hard so they can grow up and have the things I never had.”

Ehrica is already looking to the future and how to continue moving forward in employment, including pursuing the possibility of post-secondary education.  “I will always remember to keep making goals in my journey of life.  I will never give up now that I know I am not the only one who struggles with change.  Change is good, change means you’re growing to become a stronger person.”  

Many young people like Ehrica in our community have dreams and hopes for their future.  With a little support and assistance in their goals, they can move forward and reach their potential. 

Meet Local Temp Agencies!

Join us on February 25, 2019

Meet Local Temp Agencies

9am       Adecco

10am     People Ready

11 am    Hiring Hands

Bring your self and your resume.

Be Prepared to Use your 30 Second Commercial!


by Carol Wiens, Labour Force Development Lead

I’ve chosen a topic that for the most part is usually met with glazed over eyes, yawns, dropping of the head and perhaps a verbal response,

Well hopefully this blog will be met with a bit of curiosity, a better understanding of how Labour Market Trends affect you on a personal level and maybe, just maybe, some information that may inspire you to think about it on a global level.

Somebody needs to explain in practical terms what is going on out there? I’m going to attempt to do just that.  Come on, you can get through this!

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When we think about Labour Market Trends we generally think local:

What’s happening in Regina?    What’s the chance of getting employment in the career of my choice, right here at home?

Let’s start by talking about Labour Market trends right here in Saskatchewan. Where does our province generate revenue besides taxation? Saskatchewan is known for its commodities. 

What’s a commodity?  It’s a raw material that’s bought and sold. 

So what do we sell to other provinces and around the world? Some familiar ones might include:

  • Agriculture based including grains, pork, beef, dairy, etc.
  • Oil & Gas and Potash.

What we sell is based on customer demand, and if there is no demand for the product, it trickles down to companies or businesses that rely on those sales.   Any trade uncertainties influence this demand even more. If they are not able to sell their product (commodity) it may result in lay-offs, downsizing, wage reductions or closure, which directly impacts employment in our province.  In a recent article, with a heading ‘Businesses tightening belts…tough environment for commodities means its ‘adapt or die’ for many firms’.  Most companies recognize that in order to survive amid what the “new norm” for Saskatchewan businesses is they have to adjust by cutting costs that they can control. Macpherson, A. (2019, January, 7).  Businesses tightening belts. Regina Leader Post

What other areas need to be considered when we talk about trends? Here’s one—let’s talk about the number of people employed in our province.

In 2018, approximately 569,000 people were employed in Saskatchewan.  “The private sector led employment gains adding 4,800 positions. Meanwhile, the public sector remained virtually unchanged and the number of self-employed dropped 2,600.”  (https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/content_pieces-eng.do?cid=14075&lang=eng)

Let’s focus on employment and growth in one sector that is common to job seekers visiting Work Prep– construction:

In 2017 and 2018 construction is one of the sectors that contributed to a lack of growth and decline, with virtually no change in the number of jobs year over year.  (http://www.scaonline.ca/ckfinder/userfiles/files/SCA%20LF%20analysis%20Apr%202018(1).pdf)

When creating or analyzing statistics on the labour market, other considerations may include:

  • education levels,
  • minimum wage,
  • immigration,
  • age,
  • employed, or under employed,
  • industry,
  • inter-provincial migration,
  • consumer price indices, and
  • International Trade.

As part of my role at Work Prep, I need to do extensive research on labour market trends.  In a recent article I read, I was interested to see this statement:

“Everywhere we turn, work is changing. Some jobs are disappearing; others are being completely redesigned. At the same time, new jobs are being created. Often these jobs are due to technology, but that isn’t always the case.”  


So let’s think big picture now, how do Global Labour Market Trends affect us directly, right here in Regina?  Here is a quick example:

The government of the United States made the decision to impose unprecedented tariffs on Canadian steel being imported to the U.S. Evraz North America—the big manufacturing plant—just north of Regina, is the only producer of this product in Canada, so high tariffs directly impact the company, and their ability to sell their steel at a competitive price.  If they do not sell it, or sell it at a price that makes money, jobs are impacted.      Saskatchewan, and ultimately Canada’s relationships with other countries effects our ability to trade on an international level, not only steel but many other products our citizens are involved in producing, every day.

Am I losing you yet? Hang in there, it’s getting even more interesting, honest!

Work roles are changing; it used to be that you applied for full time or part time work and those were the only options.  Now employers are changing the scope of the workforce, with more temp. contracts, freelance work and entrepreneurship.  These changes come with benefits, and challenges.  This new way of work if referred to as the “gig” economy, and while it could mean more freedom and work life balance, it also impacts access to employee benefits, including worker’s compensation coverage, employment insurance and employee health and dental benefits.  In addition to the risk of losing the benefits listed above, if you’re working in a gig role, it’s just like a band—you have to make sure you have enough gigs to survive. (https://ceric.ca/2017/06/ethical-practice-in-the-gig-economy/)

Another influential change influencing jobs today is the increased use of mechanical automation in place of jobs.  In fact, it’s predicted that more than 40% of jobs are vulnerable to some level of automation. (https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/automation-job-brookfield-1.3636253)

  In a recent article on technological change, Sarah Lubick describes this is more detail: “Right now, we are in a period of unprecedented change and uncertainty in the dynamics of the career market. Rapid advances in mechanical automation and artificial intelligence will see many existing roles supported by technology and many new roles created.” (https://ceric.ca/fr/2017/06/entrepreneurship-will-become-a-must-have-career-skill-for-navigating-technological-change-and-an-uncertain-future/)

Change in the labour market is inevitable and understanding how these changes influence your career decisions and your ability to be prepared to enter the labour market is based on knowledge. Take time out to educate yourself on these trends in order to make informed decisions. Listen to the news, read newspapers, talk to others, including your Case Manager’s at Regina Work Preparation Centre.

I could probably go on and on but I suspect that for some this is quite enough and I hope I’ve at least given you some food for thought and information about what’s happening in our Labour Market.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned!


Determining your Career Goal: Using the Occupational Themes

By Diana Florence, Case Manager @ Regina Work Preparation Centre

                There are many factors to consider in determining your career goal such your interests, values, personality type, aptitudes and skills.  A theory developed by psychologist John Holland can be used to identify interests and help determine career options.  He proposed that people who choose to work in environments that are similar to their own personality type are more likely to experience success and satisfaction.  Holland identified six personality types or themes which match six work environments: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional (known as RIASEC). 

Most people have interests that are a combination of two or more types or themes.

The Realistic type refers to people who like to work with their hands, focusing on things in the physical world and using physical skills.  They like to repair and make things using their hands, tools, and machines.  They are interested in action and prefer solving concrete problems.  Realistic people prefer working outdoors.  Some realistic occupations include mechanic, engineer, plumber, carpenter, electrician, machinist, forester, and the military.

The Investigative type tends to focus on ideas.  They collect and analyze data and information and solve problems through thinking. The Investigative type are task oriented and prefer to rely on themselves in their work rather than work in groups.  They tend to prefer a loosely structured work environment and with minimal rules or regulations.  Some Investigative occupations are physician, chemist, psychologist, dentist, medical technician, vet, geologist, and science teacher.  

The Artistic type or theme are the most creative of all the types and tend to focus on self expression – writing, creating artwork, working independently, acting, performing, and playing musical instruments, decorating or designing.  They are able to see possibilities in various settings and are not afraid to experiment with their ideas. Some artistic occupations are author, artist, musician, actor, interior designer, and advertising.   

The Social type likes to work with people through helping, caring for others, and teaching and instructing.  They enjoy working with groups or individuals, using empathy and an ability to identify and solve problems.  They may also enjoy working with people through leading, directing and persuading.  Some Social occupations include teacher, social worker, child care provider, nurse, counselor, and speech pathologist.

The Enterprising theme are people who are goal and results oriented.  They look for positions of leadership, power and status.  They enjoy working with people and leading them toward organizational goals and economic success.  Enterprising people are often in sales, purchasing, politics, or business owners. 

The Conventional type likes activities that require attention to detail and prefer to work with data in the numerical, statistical and record keeping areas. They have a great sense of responsibility, follow the rules, and want to know exactly what is expected of them.  Some Conventional occupations include banking customer service rep., secretary, accountant, banker, and administrative assistant. 

Work Prep can assist you in identifying which themes and occupations are most suited to you.  Contact our office at 306.757.9096 for more information, or view the following link: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/fac_development/documents/lisa_heiser_faculty_development_handout.pdf

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What Wolf do you feed?

What wolf do you feed? By Becky Wentzell CM

“What wolf do you feed?”  is a powerful question to ask yourself, as you reflect on your life and are considering moving forward.    Each of us, at the Centre, was asked to take a month and write a blog for our website.  I have been feeding the fear side, as this is my first blog.  I decided to ask questions get some feedback and to change my thoughts to the wolf that is joy, love, and faith in myself.   So here it is my very first blog!

When you come to the Centre you will meet a variety of people whose main goal is to assist you in seeing your strengths and then identifying limitations that you want to work on to have the life you want to live.

Work Prep staff strive to feed the wolf that stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.  It is our belief that everyone is doing the best they can with the information they have.  It is our job to offer information and create the space for the people whom we work with can then determine what will work best for them.  Sometimes, this work is done on an individual basis and sometimes, it is done in a group.  None of this comes easy and it requires hard work.

I have learned over time that what I think about I bring about, so I spend my moments thinking about the things I am grateful for.  Some days it was a stretch, however, I was able to find at least one thing I was grateful for.  I now have adopted an attitude of gratitude and find I am grateful for some very small things that I took for granted previously; like waking up in the morning, being able to see, for my body and how it functions.  When I focus on the gratitude side of things I am able to be aware of opportunities and then give myself permission to take risks and try new things that make my life better.  I still can be negative but the negativity doesn’t last for as long as it used to because I know negativity is just a thought and a thought can be changed.

The interesting thing about the two wolves is that you cannot feed them both at the same time.  What Wolf are you feeding?  You do have a choice.


Here is a story…

The Tale of Two Wolves

An Elder Cherokee American was teaching his grandchildren about life.

He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me…it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.”

The grandchildren thought about it for a minute and then one child asked the grandfather, “Which wolf will win, Grandfather?”

The old Cherokee replied, simply, “The one you feed.”