Programs: Communities Choosewell
2019 Alberta Healthy Community Symposium
Communities ChooseWell and the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund once again partnered to bring you the 2019 Alberta Healthy Community Symposium! The event was held in Edmonton, March 7-8, 2019 and focused on ‘Connecting Changemakers’. Changemakers use a deep-rooted sense of empathy for others, identify a specific problem or opportunity to tackle, and give themselves permission to do something about it.
INDIGENOUS CHAMPIONS’ GATHERING: Communities ChooseWell and ACPLF were also excited to offer a preconference Indigenous Champions’ Gathering on March 7, 2019. Indigenous champions and allies from across the province came together and we saw the largest Indigenous Champions' Gathering we have ever hosted, with 80 people attending.
- Andrea Auger: Just Because We're Small Doesn't Mean We Can't Stand Tall
- Mark Cabaj: Changemaking in Action
- Ben Weinlick: Tackling Complex Challenges Together
- Naomi Mahaffy: Introduction to Social Innovation in Alberta
- Allanna Pettigrew, Sarah Bruinsma, & Brianne Fredel: Community Showcase - Changing the Way People Eat
- Tracey Coutts & Siksika Nation: Community Showcase - Engaging Children and Youth in Changemaking
- Jennifer Wilson & Jackie Belcourt: Community Showcase - Changing the Way People Move
2018 Alberta Healthy Community Symposiums
For 2018, Communities ChooseWell teamed up with the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund to bring you our annual Healthy Community Symposiums from March 5-8, 2018. The theme revolved around creating communities that enhance the health and sense of belonging for all community members, and the title was 'Creating Communities for Everyone'. Links to videos of some of the presentations from theses events are available below:
- Keynote Speaker Jim Diers
- Keynote Speaker Tracy Vavrek
- Tools for Community Engagement: Sharing Stories Builds Stronger Communities (Edmonton)
- Panel: Creating Community Belonging Through Multisectoral Collaboration (Edmonton)
- Tools for Community Engagement: Sharing Stories Builds Stronger Communities (Calgary)
- Panel: Creating Community Belonging Through Multisectoral Collaboration (Calgary)
Keynote Speaker: Jim Diers
Jim Diers is driven by a passion to get people more involved in their communities and in the decisions that affect their lives. Over the past 40 years, he has served as a grass roots community organizer, community developer, and founding director of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods. Jim now shares the lessons from that work in his courses at the University of Washington; in international consulting through the Asset-Based Community Development Institute; and in his book, Neighbor Power. Click here to visit his website.
Keynote Speaker: Tracey Vavrek
Tracey Vavrek is the CEO of the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta. With over 16 years’ experience in the not-for- profit sector Tracey Vavrek believes that objectivity, collaboration and strategic thinking are keys to successful business. Her strong leadership skills and experience make her a known community consultant and community builder, providing support and guidance to any community organization in need. Tracey not only promotes community involvement, volunteerism, and service above self, but truly lives it as she volunteers her time with a number of organizations. Tracey’s diverse background, ability to encourage all values and perspectives, and ability to collaborate and educate makes her a powerful force for Grande Prairie. Her presentation will be referencing the 2017 Northwestern Alberta Vital Signs report, which is focused on belonging. Click here to visit her website.