Tamarack Institute

Kim Samuel on Belonging:

Finding Connection in an Age of Isolation

November 30, 2022 | 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Kim Samuel and Heather Keam


On Belonging book cover

In her 2022 book On Belonging: Finding Connection in An Age of Isolation, author and activist Kim Samuel writes:

"Humanity is at an inflection point. Stress, disconnection, and increasing environmental degradation have people yearning for more than just material progress, personal freedom, or political stability. 

We are searching for a deeper connection. We are longing to belong." - Kim Samuel

This new book from the founder of the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness explores the crisis of social isolation and of the fundamental human need to belong.

At Tamarack, we too believe that there is a growing sense of disconnect and social isolation happening in communities across Canada. We have declared that community is essential and are dedicating our work to deepening community.

Join us for a fireside chat hosted by our Director of Deepening Community, Heather Keam, who will sit down with Kim Samuel, the author of On Belonging: Finding Connection in an Age of Isolation.


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Kim Samuel, Founder, Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness

Kim Samuel

Kim Samuel is an activist, educator, and movement builder. She is the founder of the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness and an academic lecturer at institutions including Oxford, Harvard, and McGill Universities.

Samuel was recently named visiting scholar at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford and the first-ever Fulbright Canada ambassador for diversity and social connectedness. She lives in Toronto.




Heather Keam, Director, Deepening Community, Tamarack Institute

Heather headshot 3 july 2021

Heather is happy to be part of the Tamarack Institute team as the Director for Deepening Community practice. 

Before taking this position, she was a Manager in the Learning Centre where she organized Communities of Practice, learning opportunities, tools and resources for community change. 

Heather brings over 12 years of public health knowledge to this position and 16 years of experience generating action at a grassroots level using Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) and Collective Impact


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