What People are Saying

The Redwood

The Adobe Consulting team helped our organization begin an amazing journey of transformation, one that is changing how we deliver services and how we work together as staff, clients, board and volunteers.

Through an organizational assessment process, we examined and challenged our understanding of power relationships throughout the agency as well as our accountability to the community. This led us to confirm our mission, create a new vision and revitalize our core values as part of the development of an Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Accountability (ARAO) Framework which puts Redwood clients firmly in the centre of all that we do. The Framework guides us in striving to ensure we are accessible to women and children from all social locations and that all clients experience our service as a process of empowerment in which they engage with support from The Redwood in accessing the resources they need to realize their goals.

During our work developing and implementing the ARAO Framework, Beth as our consultant played multiple roles: facilitator, advisor, conscience, reflector, advocate, friend, and teacher. She effortlessly played all of these roles while maintaining her professionalism, managing multiple stakeholders and ensuring that progress was made so that we ended up with a useful and appropriate framework. Beth has exceptional organizational skills and experience.

Beth and her team of consultants demonstrated informed understanding of our organizational needs, and a real sensitivity to how and why we do our work. Their role goes beyond simple facilitation or consultancy. The role they played in our organization was that of a partner and important ally.

Beth is a woman of moral courage and humour whom we greatly respect because she addresses anti-oppression issues head-on. She is one of few people who can distil the complexities of anti-racism and anti-oppression into clear language that is never preachy. One of the strengths we always notice in Adobe's work is the accessibility of the learning. Beth is responsive, conscientious and sensitive to the needs and sensibilities of her various audiences. Working with anti-oppression change is charged and difficult for most people and Beth brings the learning to a place where people are comfortable to voice where they are having challenges with their own biases. She allows all voices to be heard while still being able to lead discussions back to specific aims and outcomes.

We wanted to work with someone who is bold, visionary and practical, a combination of skills not easily found. We met our match with Beth who is dynamic, creative, challenging, concrete and inspirational! She led us in the creation of a vision and framework, but also of tools that are integrated into our day-to-day work helping us to 'live' our goals and stay on the journey.

(And we are happy to say our partnership continues as Beth will be facilitating the development of our Strategic Plan...)

Anne-Marie Gardner, Executive Director
The Redwood

 

Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

Beth Jordan is an inspirational leader and is probably one of the clearest thinkers I have ever met. She is focussed, principled and above all knowledgeable. She can manage large and complex issues and always offers options and solutions. She makes a difference and can assist organizations and people as they mature. Her strong value base and dedication to creating environments that are based on equity and free from racism and oppression are truly breaths of fresh air. Your help has been invaluable.

Teri Kay, Executive Director, Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

 

Huronia Transition Homes

Beth Jordan has worked with our organization on several occasions. We have gained enormously from her expertise in organizational development at both the operations level and governance level. Beth is a skilled facilitator and dynamic teacher. She delivers quality product on time and on budget.

 

Kathy Willis
Executive Director
Huronia Transition Homes
La Maison Rosewood Shelter
Athena's Sexual Assault Counselling & Advocacy Centre
Choices for Children

 

Activist, Writer, Educator

Beth Jordan is a leader, teacher and visionary. Her workshops are a must for agencies and communities committed to work that is anti-oppressive and anti-racist.

 

Jane Doe – Activist, Writer, Educator

 

Women's Support Network of York Region

Adobe Consulting has been an integral force of positive change and growth within our organization for the past seven years. Beth Jordan's vast vision and knowledge base gave the Women's Support Network of York Region the much needed tools to rebuild a solid foundation. Adobe has provided consultation to our organization in the following areas; Strategic Planning Sessions, Organizational Restructuring, Policy and Procedure Development, Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression Training and ongoing Board Development Training.

Adobe through the years has provided the Women's Support Network with the skills and tools necessary in ensuring ongoing growth and development at our agency. Beth and her team were instrumental in assisting us to reach our potential through a unique blend of education and experiential learning techniques. A consulting company that defines what it means to go beyond to achieve maximum results for their clients.

Michelle Smith
Executive Director
Women's Support Network of York Region

 

AIDS Committee of Ottawa

The governance work that Adobe Consulting Services has done with our policy/governance board has made a tremendous impact. It is incredible to see what a board that understands its purpose and role can achieve! With Adobe, I have seen evolution of our board into a highly competent and passionate group. Adobe provided us with the knowledge, resources and skills required to govern our organization in a way that upholds our values and supports our membership.

Lesley Gittings, Co-Chair Board of Directors
AIDS Committee of Ottawa

 

Interagency Coalition on AIDS Development

In March 2010, a number of organizations and individuals joined together to launch a network to be the voice for Black, African and Caribbean communities in Canada on HIV and AIDS issues. Adobe Consulting brought an extensive and thorough knowledge of organizational and governance issues to our discussions and Beth Jordan's inspired facilitation enabled us to move from the conceptual to the pragmatic, from the vision to the practical development of core principles, goals, objectives, and membership criteria. Within two days a new and sustainable network focusing on research, capacity building and advocacy for the African, Black, Caribbean Diaspora in Canada had been launched. We are extremely grateful to Adobe, and to Beth personally, for the role they played.

 

Nicci Stein, Executive Director, Interagency Coalition on AIDS Development

 

African Black Diaspora Global Network (ABDGN)

The African and Black Diaspora Global Network on HIV and AIDS (ABDGN) would not have achieved its amazing growth, visibility, and respect in the global HIV/AIDS sector without the guided expertise of Adobe Consulting, in particular Beth Jordan. Ms. Jordan had the opportunity to lend her divergent skills set to help ABDGN achieve two critical tasks: the development and implementation of a 3 year strategic plan; and the development and implementation of a comprehensive multi-layered communication strategy, including the re-branding of ABDGN. Both tasks required an immense vision and commitment not only to the internal processes of ABDGN, but to the broader global implications of shared disparities across the Diaspora for African, Black, and migrant/immigrant/refugee populations (ABD).

Adobe took the potential of ABDGN and brought it to the next level, while still being able to provide personal support and encouragement for the challenges associated with all change processes. Innovative ideas, high quality reports and summaries, detailed timelines and workplans that guarantee results, and a keen awareness of organizational processes and resiliencies exemplify Adobe's outstanding competencies. Adobe Consulting demonstrated incredible flexibility and responsiveness to the changing needs of our activities, constantly meeting and often exceeding our expectations.

The future success and achievements of ABDGN, which will have lasting impacts in the lived experiences of ABD individuals and communities across the world, will be grounded in the foundational work of Ms. Jordan and Adobe Consulting. There are countless unsung heroes in the fight against HIV/AIDS who make contributions that spark global movements and social change. I consider Adobe Consulting one of those unsung heroes and without reservation recommend using the invaluable services of Adobe Consulting and Beth Jordan for the betterment of your organization and its objectives.

Kwaku Adomako, Project Manager
African and Black Diaspora Global Network on HIV and AIDS (ABDGN)

 

Ministry of Children and Youth Services/ Ministry of Community and Social Services

Beth Jordan has had a relationship with the Ministry (MCSS) for over 10 years in various capacities. Beth facilitated the CAS/VAW Collaboration Agreement training on behalf of the MCSS Toronto Regional office to senior managers at all MCSS-funded VAW agencies and the four Toronto Children's Aid Societies. Beth was able to work effectively with people with differing (and strong) opinions, priorities and philosophies. She provided leadership that was focussed and professional. We worked with Beth again on the restructuring of a shelter on the verge of closure. Beth developed and implemented an organizational change process at all levels of the agency – negotiated funding, developed training plans for staff and board, coordinated a financial review and hired program and management staff. Beth's work resulted in enhanced service delivery, increased staff morale and stabilization of the agency. I would highly recommend Beth's services for consultation, anti-racism/anti-oppression expertise, organizational and board development, and policy development.

 

Karen Turner
Community Programs Manager
Ministry of Children and Youth Services/ Ministry of Community and Social Services
Toronto Regional Office

 

ACO

I have had the privilege of working with Beth in a number of areas at the AIDS Committee of Ottawa (ACO): she worked with our board around governance; she provided a workshop on anti-racism and anti-oppression with our staff team; and most recently she worked with our board, staff, volunteers, participants, funders and other community members to create our new strategic plan; which included the development of a new vision and mission. In all these areas Beth was extremely knowledgeable, inspirational and passionate.

I'd like to add that our strategic plan was a huge endeavor as we held 13 focus groups, an online survey and a number of key informant interviews. Throughout this process Beth managed to engage with the numerous stakeholders in a meaningful way and created and negotiated a safe space during times when very conflicting needs and opinions were being expressed. I very much look forward to working with Beth again, hopefully in the near future. Thank you again for everything Beth.


Kathleen Cumming – Executive Director, ACO

 

Participant Testimonials

The best anti-oppression training I have been involved with – very interactive , inclusive and non-academic.

Participant, Transitional Support Workers Training – Toronto Region

 

Beth is an inspirational, thought-provoking and knowledgeable speaker. You left me with a lot to think about and the tools to make this happen in an organization.

Strategic Planning Participant

 

Engaging style, frank and open.

Training Participant

 

Awesome! Very articulate and knowledgeable, made us think. Your style as a trainer made all the difference, thank you.

Training Participant

 

Thought provoking exercises, participatory process not afraid to challenge us - A++.

Training Participant