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Cultivating the Power & Possibility of Citizen Leadership: Creating Caring & Resilient Communities

November 27, 2017  |  Burlington, ON

Join internationally recognized facilitator and community builder Sylvia Cheuy for a workshop exploring citizen leadership: 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.  This workshop provides participants with the theory and practice of Deepening Community.  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 intentionally 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.

Participants of this workshop will learn:

  • The simplicity and impact of hosting conversations between and amongst diverse groups to build consensus around an aspirational community-wide vision

  • The value and importance of identifying opportunities for shared action – tangible projects that translate the community’s vision into reality

  • The power of building an inventory of resident skills, assets and teachables and why it is an essential tool to deepen community

  • How the opportunity to work together on meaningful community projects provides opportunities for neighbours to build relationships of trust: reweaving the social fabric that is the hallmark of caring, resilient communities

  • Why a growing number of municipalities are investing in the development and implementation of neighbourhood-based strategies that engage and empower residents as leaders of positive change and what lessons they can share

This workshop is for those who:

  • Desire new ways to lead, engage and transform in your community

  • Recognize the power and impact of citizen leadership in the development of resilient, caring neighbourhoods and communities

  • Want to learn how municipalities and organizations can serve as catalysts for deepening community and fostering relationships of trust between neighbours

  • Discover why multi-sector engagement is essential to positively impact complex community issues such as: health and well-being; poverty reduction; overcoming loneliness and isolation; neighbourhood renewal; crime prevention; and, youth development

  • Recognize why community engagement and collaboration are the foundation of inclusive leadership, including: NGOs; businesses; funders; and, national, provincial or local government

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“The world doesn’t change one person at a time.  It changes as networks of relationships form among people who discover they share a common cause and vision of what’s possible.  Community is the answer.  Community is the unit of change.  The only way we get through difficult times is together.”

Meg Wheatley



Sylvia Cheuy

Sylvia is passionate about community engagement and the unique role that citizens play in creating dynamic and well-connected neighbourhoods and communities. She delights in delivering learning opportunities that profile, disseminate and share the resources, tools and experiences to Tamarack's vast network of learners primarily via Tamarack’s Deepening Community Learning Community.

Between 2005 and 2013, Sylvia was founding Director of Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA), a grassroots citizen initiative that fosters collaborative leadership and action in support of a long-term vision of community well-being for Ontario's Headwaters region. Tamarack played a key role in launching HCIA and it has given Sylvia first-hand experience implementing a collective impact initiative. Sylvia recently completed her Masters Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo where she explored opportunities to create change within regional food systems.

Learn more about Sylvia


LaSalle Banquet Centre
50 North Shore Boulevard, Burlington, ON 
1 905-335-7738


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.

Bring this workshop to you!

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


Recognizing that our collective impact is greater when we lead together, Tamarack has developed a payment structure that offers subsidies to groups of colleagues who attend together.

The registration rates (in Canadian dollars) are as follows:

$149 per person for three or more colleagues from the same collaborative attending together

$179 per person for two people from the same collaborative attending together

$199 for single registration

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.

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