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Respectful Engagement: Strategies for Engaging Equity-Seeking Populations

9:00am to 4:00pmRespectful Engagement: Strategies for Engaging Equity-Seeking Populations (May 14 | Guelph, ON)
10 Carden
42 Carden Street

Learn how to effectively engage and empower equity-seeking populations in your community

This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about the theory and practice behind engaging equity-seeking populations in your community (e.g., rural youth, members of the LGBTQ2+ community, Indigenous communities etc.), identify the community connections and relationships that are required for effective engagement, and share resources and learnings with each other. Through a mix of presentations, interactive exercises, and reflection, you'll learn tangible ways that you can engage these populations in a safe, respectful, and collaborative way.

Register for Respectful Engagement

What Will I Learn?

Through a mix of engaging presentations, peer learning, and interactive exercises, you will learn:

  • An overview of different types of engagement ranging from informing to empowering, and when each type of engagement may be most appropriate
  • Principles and appropriate practices for engaging equity-seeking populations based on best practices from across Canada 
  • Practical strategies for reaching hard-to-reach populations, including various forms of recruitment and alternatives to in-person meetings
  • Approaches for meaningful engagement once populations have been recruited – how to go beyond town hall meetings to authentically engage with these populations so that they are respected and heard 

Who Is This Workshop For?

This workshop is for anyone in the public or voluntary sector who:

  • Is seeking authentic ways of connecting with diverse populations in your community
  • Is interested in driving community change or a social good that has an impact on equity-seeking populations
  • Leads or manages programs (including their development and ongoing implementation), organizations, or community engagement activities


picture of Galen MacLuskyGalen MacLusky is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Community Innovation Idea Area. He is passionate about working with community organizations to help build and scale new ideas that deepen their impact. An experienced design, innovation, and co-creation consultant, at the core of his work are approaches that help organizations engage with those who are impacted by their services and test new programs and services with minimal investment. Over the past five years, Galen has used these approaches to help Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations across North America reinvent the services and programs they provide. Galen is an experienced human-centred design coach and holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Design and Innovation from Northwestern University.

How Do We Build Inclusive Communities?

A Cities Deepening Community Webinar1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time

Speaker: Jim Diers

Loneliness and polarization are two growing threats to our society. Although these problems are different from one another, Jim Diers believes that the common solution is to build inclusive community and that the best place to do that is where we live.

In this webinar, Jim will share some tips and stories about making our neighbourhoods places where everyone feels included and connected across the differences that tend to divide and isolate so many of us.

Register for How Do We Build Inclusive Communities?


Jim Diers, Asset-Based Community Development Institute

picture of Jim DiersJim has a passion for getting people engaged with their communities and in the decisions that affect their lives. His work in the Seattle Department of Neighbourhoods was recognized with an Innovations Award from the Kennedy School of Government. He was appointed the first director of Seattle's Department of Neighbourhoods in 1988 where he served under three mayors over the next 14 years creating what some would say is a miracle of neighbours where he put his passion to work for a direct-action neighbourhood association, a community development corporation, a community foundation, and the nation's largest health care cooperative.

He teaches courses at the University of Washington and serves on the faculty of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute. Jim travels internationally to deliver speeches and present workshop on neighbours and neighbourhoods. His book, Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way, is available in both English and Chinese editions.

Principles and Elements of Asset-Based Community Development

1:00pm to 2:00pm Eastern TimeA Vibrant Communities Webinar

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) emphasizes strengths, connections, citizen leadership and recognizes that individual gifts become powerful when they are connected together. 

Join John McKnight and Cormac Russell as they dive deep into ABCD. They will review the principles and practices of ABCD and discuss their latest paper on the four elements that make ABCD a distinctive process.

To prepare for the webinar please read:  The Four Essential Elements of ABCD Process

Register for Principles and Elements of Asset-Based Community Development


John McKnightJohn McKnight, Asset-Based Community Development Institute

John McKnight is a founder and co-director of Asset-Based Community Development Institute, whose graduates -- including both Michelle and Barack Obama -- continue to have impact strengthening communities and neighbourhoods around the world. In 2013, John was awarded an Honourary Doctorate from the University of Waterloo in recognition of his innovative work.

For three decades John has researched social service delivery systems, health policy, community organizations and neighbourhood policy. He is the author of The Careless Society and co-author ofBuilding Communities from the Inside Out and The Abundant Community. John serves on the Boards of several national organizations that support neighbourhood development and he remains tireless in his recognition and championing of citizens -- and their capacity to care for one another -- as an essential resource in the work of building better communities and neighbourhoods. 

Cormac RusselCormac Russell, Nurture Development

Cormac Russell is a faculty member of the ABCD Institute and an internationally-renowned thought leader, trainer and Speaker. He has supported the establishment of more than 30 ABCD learning sites in Rwanda, South Sudan, Kenya, Canada, Sweden, Ireland and the UK. He is driven by a passionate belief in the importance of localism, economic and environmental sovereignty, and is a strong advocate for the protection of indigenous living and social justice. Cormac —a long-time friend and collaborator with Professor John McKnight has published extensively in professional journals on Asset-Based approaches to Probation, Health, Ageing Well, Community Housing, Community Development and Disability.

Learn more from John McKnight and Cormac Russell at the upcoming ABCD: Healthy Neighbourhoods, Healthy Cities workshop in Edmonton on May 28-30.

OCA Queen's Park Reception

Venue: Queens' Park Committee Rooms #228 & 230

Address: 111 Wellesley St W
Toronto ON M7A 1A5, CA

5:00pm - 7:00pm EDT

a woman and a man talking in a hallwayIn partnership with the Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario (CCO), OCA will be hosting an evening reception on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 5 - 7pm in the Committee Rooms #228 & 230 of the Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park. Click for directions.

This year's event will commemorate accomplishing our goal of getting the Government to commit to reviewing and modernizing the Co-operative Corporations Act, and moving the incorporation of co-operatives to the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. We want to celebrate the hard work of all the Government and co-operative sector leaders who helped make this possible. 

Click here to Register Now

As a riding representative, you will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with Ministers, MPPs and government staffers, and tell them about the social and economic benefits that co-operatives bring to our communities and the province, as well as the legislative barriers which prevent co-operatives from thriving - as outlined in our 2019 pre-budget submission. 

a woman talking to someone while holding a drink For those who would like to participate and are not as familiar with the co-op advocacy process, we will be hosting a short “Co-ops Advocacy 101” session immediately prior to the Reception for all our attendees. Please come early and join us at 4:30pm in the Basement Cafeteria of the Main Legislative Building for this session. Separate registration for this is not required.

We will be sharing the following speaking points with our registered delegates to get everyone on the same page with our asks. 


Weaving Indigenous Wellbeing, Research and Ethics: Community and Campus Perspectives in Canada

12:00pm – 1:00pm Eastern Time
Online - Register for webinar link!

Cost: Free

Join us for Weaving Indigenous Wellbeing, Research and Ethics: Community and Campus Perspectives in Canada.

The webinar will feature the work and vision of four Indigenous leaders working in community-campus engagement. Two Professors from Saskatchewan and British Columbia and two community leaders from the National Association of Friendship Centres in Ottawa will focus on ethical research, Indigenous knowledges, equitable partnerships and how higher education and other Canadian allies can collectively support Indigenous community health and well being. They will explore the challenges they face, opportunities for the future, and specific recommendations for policy, funding, culture, and program changes.

Level: Beginner/Intermediate – Attendees do not need any prior experience or knowledge of indigenous research or community development. Check out the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network to learn more about the topic: www.uakn.org

Resources to read ahead of the webinar:

Pidgeon, M. (2018). Moving between theory and practice within an Indigenous research paradigm. Qualitative Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794118781380

Pidgeon, M. (2016). More than a checklist: Meaningful Indigenous inclusion in higher education. Social Inclusion, 4(1), 77–91. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/si.v4i1.436

Presented by CFICE and Community-Campus Engage Canada, in collaboration with the National Association of Friendship Centres, the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network, and the Centre for the Study of Educational Leadership and Policy (CSELP), this webinar explores answers to the guiding question How do we grow impactful Indigenous-Campus engagement and ethical research in Canada to better support indigenous community health and well being?

This webinar is now full. Please email cfice@carleton.ca to be put on the waiting list, and to receive post-webinar information. Thank you!


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