Changemaker Experience
Deepen Your Experience and Knowledge As Part of Our 2023 Cohort


April - October, 2023

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Virtual Connection and Workshop Sessions
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Coaching and Peer-Learning Calls

You are at the forefront of leading change in your communities.

As a convener and catalyst, you are bringing together a wide range of partners and working collaboratively to achieve positive impact. The Changemaker Experience includes a seven-part workshop series, coaching supports and access to the latest thinking, tools and resources all designed to increase your skills and competencies in leading and driving change.

During the Changemaker Experience, you will:

1) Interact with colleagues from across Canada and the globe as a peer learning cohort

2) Learn new skills, tools and frameworks which enhance your ability to lead change

3) Participate in reflective activities which deepen your knowledge and skills

4) Have access to peer and individual coaching sessions to accelerate change

5) Hear from leading practitioners in the field of community change

6) Share your experience, knowledge, and expertise

7) Broaden your network of colleagues across Canada and beyond


Design of the Changemaker Experience:

MicrosoftTeams-image (17) - EditedIn 2022, Tamarack upgraded its approach to community and systems impact. The Changemaker Experience will explore all facets of the community and systems impact approach including exploring the core principles which drive place-based change forward, enhancing your change and impact skillsets and deepening your understanding of the frameworks or ways of working to support you to translate your social change goals into reality.

Below you will find more details about the Changemaker Experience and how to participate in the initial peer cohort. We invite you to explore these webpages and learn more and apply to join the Changemaker Experience. Contact Duncan Field if you have questions about the Changemaker Experience or application process.

The number of participants per cohort is limited to maximize the learning experience so, don’t wait.


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Building Skills to Navigate Change

We are living in a time of significant change. The past three years have revealed deep divisions in our communities and systems. There is increasing discord, social isolation, and pressures on communities. Navigating complex community challenges such as food security, poverty, mental health and wellbeing, youth and citizen engagement requires collaborative mindsets and skillsets.

The Changemaker Experience is your opportunity to engage in enhancing the skills which are essential to build the consensus and commitment to accelerate community and systems level impact.   The Changemaker Experience will bring together a small cohort of changemakers who will learn together, experience tools, resources, and develop new skills to bring back to your communities and collaboratives.

The deadline for application to the Changemaker Experiences is March 17, 2023 with the first cohort launching in April 2023.


The Changemaker Experience is intentionally designed as an intimate, small group learning experience. The 2023 Changemaker Experience cohort will be limited to 40 participants. Throughout the Changemaker Experience, the participants will build connections and become a peer learning group where they can share their successful practices and their challenges in driving community and systems level change.

As a member of the Changemaker Experience Cohort, you will have access to the latest thinking about community change from dynamic speakers and community change leaders, and a global perspective about different framework and tools.

Changemaker Experience cohort members will commit to monthly virtual learning sessions and will be invited to share their perspectives to shape and grow the learning experience as it unfolds.


1) A virtual workshop series and two coaching sessions exploring the key elements of effective community change including collaboration, community engagement, leadership, innovation and evaluating impact

2) Monthly cohort sessions with guest speakers on a range of relevant topics

3) Exploration of cutting-edge frameworks, tools, resources, and evidence-based solutions which drive change forward

4) Expert and peer coaching sessions designed to support your changemaking experience

5) A focus on applying theory to advance change in your collaborative or community

6) Access to Tamarack's publications, research and guides for communities and local leaders

7) An opportunity for rapid prototyping, and peer feedback on program design, piloting, and launch


The Changemaker Experience is designed for individuals who have been leading change in their organizations or communities for three or more years.  You are a committed leader who is seeking an advanced learning experience.  You are willing to share your perspectives with your peer group.  You are excited about making this investment in your own leadership and driving forward change in your community.  

1) A stated commitment to and experience with community and system level change 

2) A stated commitment to engage in the collective impact and community engagement processes that define the Changemaker Experience 

3) Ideally, a current community change initiative you are eager to develop, implement or enhance

4) A commitment to fully engage in the community and peer learning experience throughout the nine-month commitment 

2023 Changemaker Experience Timeline (1)

The graphic above shows the rough timeline of the learning journey between February and October 2023,
Click here to download a PDF version of the graphic.

Tamarack is inviting individuals to submit a short application explaining your interest in participating in the 2023 Changemaker Experience.  

The application process is open now and applications will be received until March 17, 2023. Successful cohort candidates will be notified of their confirmation in the program by March 24, 2023.


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Meet Your Faculty Team

Liz Weaver

Liz Weaver is the Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute and leading the Tamarack Learning Centre. The Tamarack Learning Centre advances community change efforts by focusing on five strategic areas including collective impact, collaborative leadership, community engagement, community innovation and evaluating community impact. Liz is well-known for her thought leadership on collective impact and is the author of several popular and academic papers on the topic. She is a co-catalyst partner with the Collective Impact Forum.

Co-CEO, Tamarack Institute

Sylvia Cheuy

Sylvia is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Collective Impact 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.

Consulting Director, Collective Impact, Tamarack Institute

Lisa Attygalle

In her role at Tamarack, Lisa works with cities and organizations to help them meaningfully engage their communities. Over the last six years her work has focused on creating authentic engagement strategies and training staff teams, teaching and writing about innovative engagement methodologies, designing and facilitating workshops with a focus on raising the voice of the context expert, integrated communications planning, and the use of technology and creativity for engagement. Lisa advocates for simplicity in infrastructure, frameworks and design and loves applying the principles of marketing, advertising, loyalty, and user experience to community initiatives.

Consulting Director, Community Engagement, Tamarack Institute

Jean-Marie Chapeau

Deeply convinced that local and collaborative approaches are an essential lever in solving complex social issues, Jean-Marie has been involved in community development and social change for 25 years.Jean-Marie mobilizes his experience, passion and curiosity to promote evaluation as a tool for empowerment in communities and to accompany individuals and groups in their learning processes. He is constantly seeking to build bridges between change-makers involved in inventing local solutions to poverty and exclusion.

Consulting Director, Evaluating Impact, Tamarack Institute

Sonja Miokovic

Sonja is the Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institutes’s Community Innovation Area. She is a dynamic educator, social scientist, and innovator with over 16 years of experience in the sector. Having lived, worked, and played in over 80 countries, she has a broad spectrum of international experience that cuts across the public, private and civil society sectors.

Consulting Director, Community Innovation

Myriam Bérubé

Myriam is the Consulting Director for Quebec at the Tamarack Institute. She’s passionate about community innovation and development and brings her understanding of the diversity of experiences made in Quebec into Tamarack’s five interconnected areas of practices (collective impact, community engagement, collaborative leadership, community innovation and evaluating impact) leading to community change. She believes that we can accelerate our effectiveness by learning from one another, thus increasing our social impact and even inspiring others beyond our borders.

Consulting Director, Québec, Tamarack Institute


Registration will be limited to a maximum of 40 learners to ensure a dynamic learning experience. Successful applicants will be sent access to all cohort materials and Zoom meeting details in advance. For those of you having to navigate different time zones, Tamarack will record the speaker and workshop sessions so that you and your team can learn virtually. The fee for the 7 session series and coaching calls is $999.


The Cohort will convene from 1:00 - 4:00pm ET on the following dates in 2023:

  • Wednesday, April 12th
  • Wednesday, May 24th
  • Wednesday, June 14th 
  • Wednesday, July 12th
  • Wednesday, August 16th 
  • Wednesday, September 13th 
  • Wednesday, October 18th 


The Paul Born Be A Light Scholarship Fund

We want everyone to learn how to improve their community! To ensure this, Tamarack supports low-income learners through the Paul Born Be a Light Fund. Please fill out this form or reach out to Duncan if you would like to apply for a scholarship. Learn how you can donate to the Paul Born Be A Light Fund and get a charitable receipt.

Please contact Duncan if you have any questions or concerns. 

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2023 Changemaker Series Resources

Tamarack is recognized globally for its learning resources. Check out some of the resources, tools, and frameworks which will be explored throughout the curriculum:


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