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Saturday, March 08, 2008

A dynamite company with a dynamite leader

Good morning,
We'd like to introduce you to a dynamite company with a dynamite leader.  This small business company is no ordinary company and its leader is no ordinary leader.  She is a woman, she is blind, and she continues to astound her competitors as well as her admirers and critics.  Please read her latest newsletter and hopefully it will motivate you to reach for the sky.
Have a happy weekend.
 
The Sterling Creations winter 2007 newsletter
 
  Hello and welcome to the Sterling Creations winter 2007 newsletter, which is produced quarterly.  We hope that you enjoy it and encourage you to pass it along to those who may be interested in the types of services that we offer.  We welcome your feedback and invite you to give us your comments for it is only through you and with you that we can improve our services. 
 
Table of contents
 
1 Message from the president
2 Highlights of 2007
3 Our Sterling services
4 Announcements
5 Contact info
 

Message from the president
 
Hello!  I'm Donna J Jodhan, and on behalf of the staff at Sterling Creations I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers the very best for 2008.
 
The year 2007 was a very successful one for us and we could not have done it without the support and feedback from our customers and readers.  Sterling Creations is a made in Canada company servicing clients both in Canada and beyond and we are committed to providing services that will assist our customers to bridge the communications divide through our writing, research, transcription, and translation services.  We look forward to continuing our sterling services to you.
 
I'd like to thank the staff at Sterling Creations for their sterling commitment and I invite you now to read our highlights section.
 

Highlights
 
The year 2007 was a very busy and successful one for us.  We managed to form business relationships with some new partners, and we were also delighted to have worked with some very interesting and exciting clients both here in Canada and abroad.  Here are just a few highlights.
 
We continued to work with various clients and associates in the accessibility arena and 2007 saw us mounting a charter challenge to the Canadian government.  In this challenge we file court documents against the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS), Statistics Canada (StatsCan), and the Public Service Commission (PSC) and our objective was to press for systemic changes with regard to the way in which these three government departments administer their websites. 
 
To be more precise, we launched this charter challenge against the TBS because of their failure to adhere to the duty to accommodate, against StatsCan for having failed to make their 2006 census accessible to all blind and visually impaired Canadians, and against the PSC for having failed to make their www.jobs.gc.ca website fully accessible to special needs Canadians.  This afore mentioned website is the gateway to all job opportunities within the Canadian government.  At the close of 2007 the government was still attempting to have our charter challenge stayed. 
 
Our charter challenge was joined by Jutta Treviranis, manager of the Adaptive Technology Resource Center (ATRC) of the University of Toronto, and John Rae, representing the Alliance for the Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC).  Jutta is very well known in the accessibility arena both for her expertise and for her tireless work with the W3C organization and John is a very well known member of the AEBC.  Our charter challenge is being handled by Bakerlaw.
 
In November of 2007, our president Donna J Jodhan participated in a five-day training session for Human Rights monitors.  Donna along with three other persons from Toronto and four others from Quebec were chosen to be part of a project sponsored by Disabled Rights Promotion International.  This project's objectives were to train persons with disabilities to become monitors who would then carry out a total of 100 interviews of other persons with disabilities across Ontario and Quebec.  The interviews would be digitally recorded and then downloaded to a secure server where they would be sent to researchers who would use them to write reports that would be then circulated to the Canadian government, the media, and organizations working for persons with disabilities. 
 
This project has already been repeated in seven other countries and it is hope that it would be repeated in two additional centers in Canada.  The project's coordinators have said that this project is meant to interview those persons with disabilities who feel that their Human Rights have been violated and in addition it is meant to see whether or not the Canadian government has lived up to its promises of respecting the Human Rights of the disabled as has been set out in the recent United Nations agreement.
 
We also did some volunteer work with Professor John Kennedy, Chairman of the department of Life Sciences at the University of Toronto in July of 2007.  We met with some of professor Kennedy's students to discuss how blind and visually impaired persons visualize various objects, scenes, and drawings.
 
In 2007 our writing team worked with several clients in Britain and Australia.  Among them was an Australian Children's author of Greek mythology and a fiction author in Scotland.  Our writing team provided proof reading and editing services to the Children's author and ghost writing services to the fiction author.  They will continue to work with these two clients in 2008 and the research team will be providing their marketing research services to these two clients.
 
The writing team also continued to provide blog writing to several clients both in Canada and abroad and in addition, it provided proof reading and editing services to the Balance organization for their Fall 2007 Balance Beagle magazine.  In 2008 the writing team will be continuing its work in blog writing, copy writing, and has several new clients requiring proofreading, editing, and copywriting services.
 
Our research team was formed in 2007 in response to demand for research services and it has already found itself involved in several interesting and exciting projects.  In 2007 the research team worked with clients requiring research for Human Rights cases as well as for others seeking financial information for background on legal cases.
 
The translation and transcription teams also did well working with clients in French, Spanish, and Cantonese.  Most of their clients were based in
Europe and Asia and they were kept quite busy providing language coaching, translation, transcription, and ESL services.
 
At the end of 2007 Sterling Creations introduced a new team; its business team and as of January 2008 this team will be making monthly contributions to the free monthly online magazine.
 

Our Sterling services
 
OUR ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES
 
Meet our accessibility team!  Made up of a hard working group of very dedicated professionals.  
This team offers compliance and evaluation services.  They can help you to test and evaluate your websites for W3C compliance.  They are experienced at what they do and some of their tasks include:
Accessible website design and development.
Accessible website testing and evaluation.
Creation of user testing, high level, and detailed evaluation documents.
Managing of user testing teams.
User and technical support.
Hardware and software evaluations of access technology.
 
Meet our research services team!  Our newest edition.
This team can help you to research info on all kinds of topics.  From simple subjects to the more complicated ones.  This team can do it.
At the present time the research team is heavily involved in helping clients to research info for some very complicated Human Rights cases and in addition, they are assisting several authors to find ways to market their books.
Some of their tasks include:
Researching of requested info.
Producing well-written documents containing the requested info.
This team can carry out Internet, phone, and library research on your behalf.
 
Meet our writing team!  Known as the one stop writing shop.
This team is probably the busiest of our groups.  Working with authors, students, and marketing personnel from companies of all sizes.
Some of their tasks include:
Proofreading and editing. 
Ghost writing.
The writing team can help you to enhance and expand your articles, blogs, newsletters, online magazines, and web content.
To see samples of their work you can visit www.untappedwealth.com/businessdesk.html and there you'll find daily blogs produced by this team. 
 
Meet our translation team!  Made up of translators and language coaches.
This team works in English, French, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin.  They are about to embark on a very exciting mission to translate storybooks for kids into several languages.
Some of their tasks include:
Translation.
Language coaching.
 
To learn more about our accessibility, research, and writing services, please visit www.sterlingcreations.ca and while there check out our free monthly online magazine.  You can go directly to this magazine by visiting www.sterlingcreations.ca/magazine.html.  This magazine is filled with articles of interest to the special needs population, there is also a section on helpful tips, and an editorial written by Donna J Jodhan.  The helpful tips section contains tips on a wide range of topics.  From the kitchen to your diet, and from your computer to tidbits on disabling diseases and even some tips on the workplace.  You can even submit your comments to this magazine by emailing us at info@sterlingcreations.ca.
To learn more about our translation team, please visit www.translationpeople.com and while there check out their weekly blog on the free useful info page.  This page contains some very helpful news for translators and language professionals and in addition, there are weekly Amazon book picks, as well as an editorial on various types of opportunities for language professionals.
 

Announcements
 
Sterling Creations is delighted to announce an alliance with MIAD Information Systems Ltd.  It is hoped that our alliance will work toward developing projects to help members of the blind and visually impaired community.  Here is some background on MIAD.
 
With over 15 years of business experience, MIAD Information Systems Ltd. is a full-line supplier of IT Hardware/Software and Service and Support for the GTA.  MIAD provides custom and name brand servers, laptops, notebooks and workstations, as well as warranty and non-warranty repairs service for major laptop/notebook brands such as IBM, Lenovo, HP, Compaq, and Dell.  MIAD has formed strategic partnerships with major IT manufacturers to deliver integrated business solutions that enable our customers to compete and grow in these demanding economic times.  We specialize in Customizable IT Solutions for Small/Medium businesses and custom tailor our solutions to the individual needs of your organization. Recognized across Canada for our Service Excellence by our customers and our Service Partners, IBM/Lenovo, HP, Apple and others. At MIAD we understand information technology and its use in solving problems. MIAD is more than just a company that fills orders; we specialize in developing creative, cost-effective solutions for our Clients, large and small. The commitment to quality and performance is proven by the successful partnerships we have formed with significant companies and institutions in the Canadian Educational, Health and Corporate sectors.
 
As part of its efforts to help special needs persons to enjoy greater accessibility to mainstream enjoyment, Sterling Creations will be embarking on a mission to develop an association for blind Canadian chess players and to this end we will be working closely with Mark Nicol of the CNIB in Vancouver to come up with a strategy to attract blind chess players.  We hope to develop an association that will consist of players from all corners of Canada who will be able to play each other either via email or by phone or even through face-to-face contact.  So, if you know anyone wishing to join, please pass on our contact info which you can find at the end of this newsletter.
 

Contact info
 
To reach us by email: info@sterlingcreations.ca
To reach us by phone: (416) 491-7711

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