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Respectful Engagement: Strategies for Engaging Equity-Seeking Populations

Guelph, ON | May 14, 2019

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.

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




Respectful Engagement: Strategies for Engaging Equity-Seeking Populations

 Guelph, ON | May 14, 2019 




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Galen MacLusky

Galen 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.

Learn more about Galen 


Guelph, ON - May 14, 2019

10 Carden - 42 Carden Street, Guelph, ON N1H 3A2  


Registration will open at 8:30am where coffee and tea will be served. The workshop begins at 9:00am and runs until 4:00pm, with lunch and snacks provided.

Bring this workshop to you!

Can’t attend the workshop in Guelph, but love the content? Get in touch with Stephanie about bringing this workshop to your hometown. 


The registration rate (in Canadian dollars) for this workshop is $259 for a single registration

10 Carden Members

For 10 Carden Members, we're offering a discount! If 5 or more members attend, you'll receive a discount of $25. If 20 or more members attend, you'll receive a $50 discount. 

Please email Stephanie if you have any questions regarding payment for this event.

The registration rate includes a full day workshop, practical exercises, and a great lunch and fellowship with amazing community and civic leaders. You will also receive a membership into Tamarack Institute's Learning community and our free monthly online magazine Engage!, offering the latest thinking from the field of change. 


Prepare for this workshop by reading the following resources:

The IAP2 Spectrum - Produced by the International Association for Public Participation

Nothing About Us Without Us: Lived Experience Advisory Council - Produced by HomelessHub

Youth Engagement Toolkit - Produced by the Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health

Authentic Engagement: A Learning Journey - Produced by the Tamarack Institute


Respectful Engagement: Strategies for Engaging Equity-Seeking Populations

 Guelph, ON | May 14, 2019 



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For questions regarding this event, reach out to Duncan.
For questions regarding invoicing and payments, reach out to Jana