James Olson, Owner BarterPay Niagara
I have had the privilege of knowing Jerry professionally and personally for over 10 years. Watching her succeed in various roles and assignments over the years, I have some key observations about Jerry. In terms of looking at someone who embodies resilience and all that it means – Jerry is the definition of resilience for me.
Always positive, looking at any challenge as just another opportunity for Jerry to succeed and show her skills, with the ability to adapt to change without missing a step. Almost welcoming the obstacles as a way to prove her perseverance. Even when I worked with Jerry directly, she always set the bar high for herself when it came to quality for everything she produced and everyone she interacted with. A strong communicator, team player, coach/mentor, and advocate, Jerry’s passion and positivity shine through in everything she does.
Nile Amir, Campus Director for Canadian Career Education College
Canadian Career Education College is pleased to highly recommend Ms. Bishop in her capacity as Third-Party Program Assessor specifically for Distance Education Programs/Delivery Assessments.
Ms. Bishop has assessed the majority of DE programs for our college up to our complete satisfaction. All the program evaluated-assessed by Ms. Bishop has received positive approval from the Ministry of Training and College Ontario. Ms. Bishop is very knowledgeable, competent, punctual, and excellent in communication.
Amy Pelvin (Gaudaur), on the Child and Youth Care Subject Matter Expert Assessment
The value of the Child and Youth Care Virtual Project should not be understated. Walking a student through the entire story of a child from her family setting and dynamics, into residential treatment, and through to discharge is a phenomenal learning experience.
Each part of the project scaffolds to build on and assess the knowledge and skills students will have achieved in the program. The inclusion of real-world events, documentation, and the ability to reflect on their learning will create meaningful outcomes.
The project is a culmination of a diversity of learning and skills from the program, and is well suited to evaluate the students learning in a comprehensive but practical way.
Heidi Reynders on the Mental Health and Addictions Subject Matter Expert Assessment
Excellent program Jerry! Very pleased with the virtual project in lieu of the placement – a great way to pivot given current times and continue to provide a great educational experience that will provide skills and confidence to obtain employment, post-graduation. Congratulations!
Wayne Percey on the Mental Health and Addictions Adult Education Assessment
Jerry, congratulations on the design and development of an excellent program. Your attention to detail continues to shine through. Your integration of a virtual project is a masterful approach to a practicum given the limitation imposed by the COVID 19.
Nancy Priest CTDP, CVF – Founder and CEO, Glass of Learning Inc.
Jerry is a specialist in the essential components of building a compliant curriculum for Private Career College programs. Her attention to detail and comprehension of gathering and specifying the required competencies and program requirements will set you up for success. I have known Jerry for over 15 years and have relied on her understanding of the Canadian Learning Competencies to assist me in my journey.
Warda Batool (Registered Early Childhood Educator) ECA Subject Matter Expert
I have had the pleasure of working with Jerry to develop an Early Childcare Assistant (ECA) curriculum. I can confidently say that Jerry is very dedicated to the work she does and does not compromise on the quality of the curriculums she develops. I’ve observed Jerry to be very keen to detail to ensure that her work is at its highest potential.
When asked to work on this project, I was skeptical about how the partnership would take place and whether my ideas would be valued. I was pleasantly surprised when Jerry was very inviting to my expertise as she prioritized my ideas. I would greatly recommend Jerry and look forward to future opportunities to work with her.
Heidi Reynders SME Mental Health and Addictions
I have had the privilege of working with Jerry on numerous occasions and have always had a very positive experience. Jerry creates outstanding content that always demonstrates her hard work and dedication to her role. She ensures she remains up to date in relevant areas to always provide top-quality programs.
In every opportunity I’ve been given, I have always put forth a positive assessment of her work. I would highly recommend Jerry and do look forward to working with her again in the future.
Chantal Lanning Professional Colleague Toronto ON
I have had the pleasure of knowing Jerry since 2016 and her professionalism plus her willingness to help others makes her a joy to know. Her aura of optimism and creativity is unparalleled. Be sure to ask her about her beautiful stained-glass creations!
Ian R Marshall President International Academy of Applied Health Inc. Ottawa ON.
I wanted to take some time to consider what I might say to others, who were considering using Jerry Bishop’s services. What to say, that would be meaningful and helpful in the decision process. Here’s what I experienced:
- A person who set out the likely pathway and probable timing……and beat the end buzzer.
- A person who set out the detail of what would be accomplished…and then did it as stated.
- A person who said she was very attentive to detail…and she is.
- A person who presented her credentials and experience….and they were real and her experience with PARIS to far exceed any one of my peers or associates I know.
- A person who said her program was complete and ready to implement…and it was, even the 3rd third party reviewers completed their assessments without changes.
- A person who said she enjoyed what she did…and she exhibited her enthusiasm, support, and her professionalism.
- A person who said this is what it will cost….and even though there was some unplanned hiccups with PARIS—they were resolved and the original costing maintained.
Along with the foregoing, she is friendly and a good listener…. a consummate consultant in her field.
Rob Terhune, Business Lead, PARIS, Ministry of Colleges and Universities
While we were developing PARIS, the Program Approval and Registration Information System (PARIS) we use for the ongoing registration of private career colleges in Ontario, Jerry was kind enough to volunteer for our sector working group. Jerry’s experience and expertise in the sector was very helpful for us in fine-tuning the system before launch, and she continues to be in touch if she notices anything amiss with the system while she is supporting her clients in the sector. She is always happy to volunteer her time to make the process better for everyone in the sector, and it’s very helpful on our side to have Jerry let us know if she or her clients are experiencing any technical issues as she always provides detailed feedback. This allows us to better stay on top of fixes and helps us plan for future system functionality.
Bill Fallis, Project Officer, Program Standard Unit, Ministry of Colleges and Universities
Jerry Bishop has been one of the stakeholders for the Personal Support Worker (PSW) Vocational Standard Review Project and has contributed to the PSW Pre-Consultation Survey, the WebEx online consultations, and more recently the PSW Broad-Based Consultation Survey. Jerry was very engaged in our WebEx online consultations and attended many of the sessions in March, April, June, and July 2020. During these sessions and afterward, she made helpful comments to clarify the meaning of outcomes and made suggested rewrites for outcomes where there were differing opinions as to how best to express the meaning of an outcome or element. Her clarity of thought, ability to grasp the context, and suggested rewrites that summarized the ideas of other stakeholders were all welcomed additions to this project. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
Kim Bell and Wayne Percey on the Recreation Therapy Gerontology Program
“It is evident that the Essential Competency Framework (2015) created by Therapeutic Recreation Ontario serves as the foundation and guide for the content of the Recreation Therapy Gerontology program. The curriculum has been developed to reflect the foundational knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to practice safely as a Therapeutic Recreation Professional in Ontario. With an emphasis on geriatrics, it reflects and incorporates relevant trends, topics, and techniques that create a specialized approach for this population. ” Kim Bell Subject Matter Assessor
“The program design for the Recreational Therapy Gerontology program is premised upon sound adult learning principles. The balance of theory and practice is appropriate to ensure the students receive the knowledge and skill to develop the requisite competencies. The instructors take an active role in bringing the curriculum to life by incorporating experiential-based learning with an emphasis on student-centered learning, active learning and creating positive learning experiences through practical and practicum activities.” Wayne Percey Adult Education Assessor
Zahra Zolfaghari, Quality Control Manager – Compass Group Canada
Subject Matter Expert Assessor, Food Service Worker Certificate Program for Private Career Colleges in Ontario
I have served as the subject matter assessor for the Food Services Worker Certificate Program Jerry Bishop has developed on two separate occasions. Each time it was my pleasure to positively assess the program and report my findings to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
The positive assessments were provided based on my expert knowledge of the foodservice industry. I have confidence that all new staff needing to secure their Food Service Worker Certificate would become educated and knowledgeable to work well in Health Care facilities after taking this program.
Ramie Goudreau, Director Holmes Institute
I’ve worked with Jerry on several projects. Our longest and most challenging project was writing the curriculum and course content for a 48 week long diploma program in hospitality. We set very ambitious deadlines that Jerry met each time and the entire project was finished on time and on budget! The course content, teacher notes and assessments have set up our instructors and students for success. I’d gladly work with Jerry again on any future projects.
Larry Stewart, Owner , Native Education and Training College
Jerry has become a valuable asset to NETC, bringing in her many eSSential toolkit curriculum’s and field placement skills passbooks and achieving 100% positive assessment. Along with this, she brings much Private Career College compliant knowledge and PARIS system expertise.
The Native Education & Training College is the only registered and approved Indigenous PCC in Ontario, and have departed from offering capacity building courses to eight registered and approved diploma programs (Classroom and Distance Education) in under two years of operation.
Jordan Johnston, National Enterprise Solutions Manager, Private Career Colleges Mc Graw-Hill Education
Partnering with Jerry Bishop has provided a more complete solution for our clients looking at new program development. Jerry’s professionalism and detailed understanding of curriculum design and ministry requirements have been a tremendous service to our clients. This partnership has provided clients with a complete educational solution from curriculum to delivery. Jerry adds value with her attention to detail, industry knowledge, and ability to clearly walk customers through the process.
Bhupinder Sidhu, Owner Knox Bridge College of Business, Technology & Healthcare
Jerry is very organized, methodical, and orderly with a wealth of knowledge and experience, which has added lot of value to our start-up project. She is also fair-minded, honest and trustworthy and I would not hesitate to recommend Jerry for any new college and expansion of existing college.
Muhammad Watto, President and CEO, Legal and Professional Education College
Ms. Bishop has assessed our college for two diploma programs, which resulted in the approval of our programs from the Ministry of Education Ontario. I am really pleased and impressed with the knowledge and skills she has in completing her work and related tasks. I would love to recommend her to anyone for services as Third Party Program Assessment (Distance Education).
Robert Hedley – President, Hedley & Associates
Jerry is a long time member and past board member of The Institute for Performance and Learning formerly CSTD (The Canadian Society for Training and Development). IPL is the industry voice setting the competency standards for employment in the Learning and Development field offering two designations (CTP Certified Training Professional and CTDP Certified Training and Development Professional). Jerry herself holds the Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) designation. She continues to work with many business clients in Ontario focusing her practice on Private Colleges and Institutes of Learning.
In 2015, IPL contracted Jerry to work with the organization to develop and operate a CTDP workshop referred to as the CTDP SPA. This workshop enabled senior professionals with more than a decade of experience working in the industry to expedite their certification by developing a portfolio of their work and demonstrating the required competencies. Her work with IPL concluded this past spring with the renewal of the CTDP examination and review of the certification process. Her work led to the successful renewal of the Exam and streamlined administrative process for monitoring candidates as they progress towards certification.
Jerry also worked with IPL during its transitional period in 2017. She coached the Director on Supervisory skills and practice while conducting a review of the membership program administrative processes. This led to direct work training and coaching the staff in customer service knowledge and skills.
Jerry, is best known for her energy and the drive that she brings to each project she undertakes. She always delivers on time and at the agreed budget.
David Brandon – Owner of Tillsonburg Flying School “I contacted Jerry in October 2014 to ask if she would put together an application for a private collage so that we could conduct commercial flight training. From the moment I started talking to her I realized that I had contacted the right person for the job. She was so full of energy and passion for what she does that I had a hard time keeping up to her. While this was the first flying school that she had prepared a private college application for, it did not take her long to learn how a flying school was different from other applications. When we started her time line was to have the application completed and submitted by the end of the year. The application was submitted on December 31st, it could have been completed sooner if I had been able to keep up to her in supplying the information she needed. I will be recommending Jerry to other flight school operators for preparing private college applications.”
Wayne Percey BSc, Bed, MAEd – Adult Education Third Party Assessor “I have had the pleasuring of knowing and working with Jerry for a number of years. I have always found her to be a passionate, hard-working and dedicated professional. The quality of Jerry’s work is outstanding! Give Jerry a task and it will be done to perfection.”
Heather Stewart – Subject Matter Expert – DSW and CSW Gerontology & Addictions Curriculum “I have had the pleasure of being able to work collaboratively with Jerry on curriculum development for several courses. I have gained, and fine-tuned, many skills under Jerry’s tutelage and have enjoyed her engaging personality, her boundless positive energy, and her extraordinary work ethic. Her attention to detail is exceptional and her dedication is to be admired. Jerry has walked me through the jungle of appendices, competencies, objectives and the ever dreaded RICC, to the point that I look forward to her e-mails alerting of more work to come. She is a true multi-tasker, manager and mentor. I feel lucky to have met her!”
Joanne Vachon, Administrator, Career School of Hairstyling in Oshawa “We have been operating for over 35 years and in the last 2 to 3 years the changes in operating at PCC have been exhausting. We could not have completed the necessary changes in our organization without Jerry Bishop. We have increased our student registration by 35% and now have a waiting list that is 6 months to attend our NEW program. This program was co-designed by Jerry. Not only do we have a NEW program, we also developed a seminar that brings our student back for a day to ensure success in their final exam. The biggest and most successful accomplishment was applying to be accepted by OSAP, this seemed impossible for so long, until Jerry Bishop, she was the key to breaking down the barriers that seem to continuously appear. Don’t get me started on KPI’s, with the increase of registration and students in our school, we find it impossible to keep up with the critical input of information required to have a successful KPI. We absolutely see Jerry as part of our team and part of our success. We will continue to partner with Jerry in what I believe is a promising future as an owner operator of a Private Career College.”
Vidal Chavannes, Managing Director at Chavannes Consulting Company “I had the pleasure of working with Jerry Bishop on the redesign of a program for use in a variety of career colleges. The insights she was able to share on the development of materials for the Registration Information for Career Colleges (RICC) system, were invaluable. I would not hesitate to recommend Jerry’s services and look forward to working with her again.”
Shauna McAlpine, Owner at Salon Sisu “I was very fortunate to have hired Jerry Bishop to coach us through the intimidating and tedious job of developing a new hairstyling program in compliance with the Superintendent’s Hairstyling Policy Directive # 10. As a new school owner, I was overwhelmed with the amount of time and detail that it would take to complete this task. Jerry was a gift to me during this process, as I was not only new to developing a curriculum, unknowingly I had mono. I was exhausted and suffering from extreme brain fog. Jerry was extremely organized, efficient and proved to be a driven leader. She set the stage for success, as she delegated each appendices accordingly with clear, concise instructions and provided examples of what was expected. The assignment of timely deadlines, kept us focused and on task. Jerry’s industry knowledge, thorough understanding of compliance expectations, and her unwavering attention to detail allowed us to successfully meet ministry deadlines. Jerry is a born leader, with an energy is that is infectious. She truly inspires the potential within!”
Tanya Hill, Ministry Approved Independent Third Party Subject Matter Expert and Adult Education Assessor “I have the privilege of being involved in the independent assessment of curricula and institution development resources that Jerry Bishop produces for private career colleges. With a keen eye to the importance of delivering top quality products and service for her clients, Jerry’s experience, expertise, skills and professionalism are always of the highest standard. Not only are the resources and materials well researched, well organized, clear and effective in advancing the intended goal(s), but her highly personable relationship-building skills ensures the process is grounded in positivity, mutual respect and the dedication to refining and advancing thorough, effective and valued materials for the school, while always respecting expected timelines.”
Rick MacIntosh, Owner at Versailles Academy of Make-Up Arts & Esthetics “Now that our Hairstyling program has been submitted for approval, I wanted to say thank you on behalf of Debora and myself for a job well done. To be honest, I doubted our ability to achieve the deadline for submission that we initially proposed. The amount of work involved and the level of accuracy required was indeed daunting. I should have known however, that with you on our team nothing is impossible. Not only did you meet the deadline, you did it with 10 days to spare. I am confident that this program will receive approval, as did our Esthetician program that you also worked on. Your dedication and positive attitude are inspiring, making you a pleasure to work with.”
Hadi Naour – Director – North American College of Sciences and Languages “The first time, I called Jerry, I found her very pleasant and professional. I met with Jerry and my business partner in her office, I immediately understood that Jerry knows the path and the road leading to accreditation for Private Career Colleges. Along the way, I had a lot of communication with Jerry. I found her to very productive, hard-working and taking our concerns seriously. I would recommend Jerry Bishop without hesitation, and I’m ready to rehire her services for two reasons: she is hardworking and professional.”
Sherisse Thomas, Owner at Designed to Train “Jerry is a great mentor and educator! Her phenomenal ability to coach and share her in-depth industry experience salutes her ability to design, develop and facilitate superior training programs and courses. She has a learner-first attitude which makes any program she creates successful.”
“I have worked with Ms. Bishop for several years. In her role as Manager, Training & Development she was instrumental in the successful development and implementation of many training programs. She became the subject matter expert in many areas and was able to deliver well thought out and informative sessions. We were fortunate to have such a talented individual.”
Joel Steiger, Founder, President Consulting Services at G2 BusinessTools “Jerry is an incredible combination of inspiration, courage, energy and wisdom. The first time I worked with her, I knew right away she was someone who could fearlessly affect large scale positive change for people and the organizations they work in. She has an ability to focus on what is most essential, the very core of one’s purpose to work and life, what it is that must be given expression, inspiring the full potential in individuals and organizations.”
Dave Schurman, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at FirstOntario Credit Union “It was a pleasure working with Jerry at FirstOntario Credit Union. Jerry is professional but warm, with attention to detail and a flair for thinking outside the box. She is passionate about developing people through training and coaching. I would not hesitate to recommend Jerry to any organization.”
Dale Boisclair, Owner Dale Boisclair Consulting “Jerry was able to take the highly technical but often abstract subject of retail credit collections and transform a dry in-class session into a highly successful and thoroughly professional eClass format. Her work in this area was exemplary and as a contract facilitator, makes my job more efficient and far more engaging. KUDOS Jerry!”
Ivan Buzzelli, Human Resources Consultant and Professional at Buzzelli & Associates “Much of my work over the last few years has been focused on counselling numerous individuals who, for whatever reason, found themselves unemployed. Many of them despaired over what the future held and sank into self-pity. Jerry, in her other persona as Blondie Talks, provided me with messages I could share to support and give my clients the perspective and the motivation they needed to move forward. More importantly, it has also provided me with perspective in the midst of so much negativity resulting in moments of self-reflection, and ultimately, inner peace. Thank you Jerry!”
Garth Sheane, Retired Executive Credit Union Financial Services “I have followed Jerry’s journey as she lived the experiences that inspired her to write Blondie Talks. She is a keen observer of people in the workplace and understands the human side of business behavior. Blondie Talks touches on situations and conditions that everyone faces everyday, and gives readers understanding of what they are experiencing. Understanding is power, and power gives the ability to overcome. That is the inspiration of Blondie Talks.”
Jamie Good, CTDP, Marketing Content and Social Media Manager at Global Knowledge Training “Through a request sent to CSTD, Jerry became my mentor in Spring 2011. I am so thankful for the relationship we have developed during this year and for the amazing help and advice she has given me.
I have continually taken her guidance and followed her suggestions to my queries about Training and Development. She has not only demonstrated incredible knowledge and experience in the field, but she has also proven that Jerry Bishop is a caring, encouraging and inspirational person. She has pushed me to try harder and think deeper and to look at life with concrete optimism. Jerry has gone above and beyond my expectations of a mentor, and I am very grateful for her.”