|Imam Zijad’s Corner: IMPORTANCE OF SETTING GOALS IN LIFE
As we start new 2018 year, we would like to wish you all the best in it and ask Allah to bless us, our families, our community and our great nation. We also ask of Him to bring harmony and peace into the world and thus better life for all human brothers and sisters. We also ask of Him to help us in better planning in our lives and setting goals for our own benefits and the benefits of others.
Studies have shown that the majority of people fail to set any type of goals in their life and hence drift through the oceans of life like a raft on an uncharted stormy sea. It seems that human beings take life as it comes…for granted and without serious planning.
However, some of us, at some stage of our life, have set mini goals for ourselves; we call them new resolutions. We set a goal to be better servants of God and humble before him, more patient with family members (never to yell and embarrass ourselves, we set a goal to lose weight or earn more money or stop smoking, or volunteer 2 hours for SNMC weekly, pay $30 a month in 2018…
However, we often find that soon after making these ‘promises‘ to ourselves, we either forget about these goals, or we find that we simply do not have the time to carry them out. Another year passes, and history repeats itself at the beginning of another year, and we once again set out to make a list of new/the same resolutions or goals that we would like to accomplish in the coming year. But how many of us really accomplish our goals? How many of us really take the time to plan our goals? How many of us really know which goals are important? How many of us follow up on the given promise?
When we plan a long awaited overseas (back home) journey for a holiday or even a weekend trip (or a wedding), we usually go through much planning regarding every stage of the trip (e.g. fix date, take vocation on time, tickets, itinerary, baggage, clothes, gifts, return back, etc).
However, even though we plan a holiday in such detail, it is ironic that we sometimes don’t take the time to plan our life…Let us check ourselves and we will notice that we know how to plan in some areas of our lives…not in all. Let us ask a few questions about a journey to the lands of origins – back-home from wherever it is:
Do you know where you are going?
Do you know when you are going?
Do you know when you will be returning?
Do you have the opportunity to say farewell to friends & family before you go?
Do you know what currency to take?
Do you know what provisions to take?
Have you planned adequately for the journey?
A life without a plan is a plan for failure.
People who do not set goals, drift aimlessly in life, from one day to the next, not really knowing where they are going and not knowing if they have arrived to their destination.
Setting goals is important since it gives direction, meaning and purpose to our life. Goals can be long term, medium term and short term. Ultimately, the short term and medium term goals must link up to the long-term goals so that there is harmony and direction in our daily activities.
We will never know what we are capable of achieving if we do not set high enough goals for ourselves. The Messenger Muhammad (S) said: “The one whose two days are equal in accomplishment is in loss.”
|Almighty God gives plenty of hope to the believers in the Qur’an. Let us make this verse the guiding light in our lives through 2018 and as long as we live:
God Almighty said: “Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of God. Indeed, God forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” (Az Zumar 39:53)
New year resolution: Be Healthy, Happy, Peaceful, Kind and Compassionate, Smiling, and Humour!
Arabic Speaking Clinical Counsellor at OCISO
Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) is hiring an Arabic-speaking clinical counsellor. The deadline to apply is January 8, 2018 by 5:00 pm.
Position: Clinical Counsellor (Arabic speaking)
Term: Full Time, January 2018 – March 2018 (Subject to renewal)
Reports to: Counselling Program Manager
The Clinical Counsellors are primarily responsible for the provision of counselling services to immigrants and refugees presenting with a wide variety of issues arising from pre and post migration experiences. Counselling may be delivered in individual, couples, family, and group counselling formats. The Counsellor is also responsible for all related administrative duties, consultation and liaison with the referring agency and accessing other resources to best assist the client.
Within the framework of the Counselling Program, the successful candidate will:
Provide theoretically informed and culturally responsive counselling interventions, for clients presenting with a wide variety of issues arising from pre and post migration experiences.
Provide crisis counselling intervention in emergency situations.
Participate in case conferences with various professionals in the mental health community.
Make appropriate referrals to other community resources.
Provide accountability through oral and written reports of client progress.
Master Degree in a social science field such as Counselling, Social Work, Psychology, or Social Psychology, or a combination of a related Bachelor’s degree and relevant experience.
Minimum of three year’s relevant related experience.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary and multicultural team environment.
Demonstrated ability to work from a clear foundation in the theoretical orientation of the client’s choice as appropriate.
Knowledgeable in alternative non-western models of healing that will enhance and expand our culturally relevant counselling services.
Demonstrated ability to incorporate the client’s cultural preferences and culturally appropriate healing practices into the counselling process.
Strong knowledge and understanding of pre and post migration issues and their impact on the therapeutic alliance and on the counselling process.
Demonstrated ability to provide intervention in individual, couple, family, and group settings in-house and in schools.
Demonstrated ability to effectively and clearly report on the client’s therapeutic process in clinical files.
Demonstrated ability to participate in professional case conferences and provide appropriate clinical reports.
Demonstrated ability to provide service statistics.
Demonstrated ability to provide clinical intervention in Arabic is essential.
Knowledge of other languages considered an asset.
Application Deadline: January 8, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.
OCISO supports immigrants through the journey of making Canada their home by providing creative and responsive programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, by building community through mutual respect and partnerships, and by fostering healthy and inclusive spaces for open dialogue and healing.
We encourage applications from qualified people of all backgrounds, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities. OCISO is committed to accessibility in employment and to ensuring equal access to employment opportunities for candidates, including persons with disabilities. In compliance with AODA, OCISO will endeavor to provide accommodation to persons with disabilities in the recruitment process upon request.
If you are selected for an interview and you require accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please notify the HR Coordinator upon scheduling your interview.