Join internationally recognized facilitator and community builder Sylvia Cheuy for a workshop exploring the authentic engagement of citizen leaders: how it is nurtured; and, why it is a strategy a growing number of organizations and municipalities are embracing.
Deepening the experience of community in our neighbourhoods and cities is THE opportunity of our time. Learn how and why engaging and reconnecting residents to each other and facilitating processes that transform isolated individuals into a group of powerfully connected neighbours is an essential foundation that must be cultivated before citizens, organizations and municipalities can actively co-create a positive future together. When local connections and relationships are nurtured, the community’s capacity to care for one another – its resilience – is restored.
Throughout the day, you will discover the key principles and practices needed to promote authentic engagement across sectors; cultivate citizen leadership; apply what you are learning; and, hear powerful stories that illustrate what is possible when citizens, organizations and municipalities, (both content AND context experts), discover how to work effectively together. This is a workshop that will fill your brain, reawaken your heart, and engage your hands in activities that explore both the challenge and inspiration of this work.
This day-long workshop will be filled with both content and practical tools and take-aways that participants will be able to use to develop effective engagement initiatives to strengthen their collaborative efforts. Some of the key ideas will include:
Sylvia is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Collective Impact Idea Area and also supports Tamarack’s Community Engagement Idea Area. She is passionate about community change and what becomes possible when residents and various sector leaders share an aspirational vision for their future. Sylvia believes that when the assets of residents and community are recognized and connected they become powerful drivers of community change. Sylvia is an internationally recognized community-builder and trainer. Over the past five years, much of Sylvia’s work has focused on building awareness and capacity in the areas of Collective Impact and Community Engagement throughout North America.
Prior to joining Tamarack, Sylvia was the founding Executive Director to Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA), a grassroots citizen initiative that fosters collaborative leadership and action in support of a long-term vision of well-being for Ontario's Headwaters region. This experience gives Sylvia practical knowledge and first-hand experience of what it takes to engage and mobilize positive community change. Her work with HCIA was published as a chapter entitled, A Citizen-Led Approach to Enhancing Community Well-Being in the newly published Handbook of Community Well-Being Research.
Sylvia completed her Masters Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo in 2013 where she explored opportunities to create change within regional food systems. An active volunteer in her community, Sylvia serves as a member of HCIA’s Leadership Council. She also served for nine years on the Board of Community Living Dufferin where she was instrumental in securing $2.8 million in funding for CLD's shared home with Theatre Orangeville, the community's professional theatre company. Sylvia lives in Caledon, Ontario with her husband John Graham and their three children: Gabriella, Garrett and Sean.
This event is being held in St. Catharines, Ontario. It will be hosted at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Robertson Theatre located at 250 St Paul St, St. Catharines, ON L2R 3M2.
Registration will open at 8:30am and a light breakfast will be served. The workshop begins at 9:00am and runs until 4:00pm, with lunch and snacks provided.
The registration rate (in Canadian dollars) is $259 per person.
The registration rate includes a full day workshop, practical exercises and a membership into Tamarack Institute's Learning community. Also enjoy a great lunch and fellowship with amazing community and civic leaders.