Programs: Communities Choosewell




2019 Alberta Healthy Community Symposium

Communities ChooseWell and the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund are partnering once again to bring you the annual Alberta Healthy Community Symposium! The event will be held in Edmonton, March 7-8, 2019 and will focus 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. Communities ChooseWell and ACPLF are excited to bring together wellness changemakers and offer supports to help grow healthy change across Alberta.

DATE: March 7-8, 2019
LOCATION: Santa Maria Goretti Centre, 11050-90 Street NW Edmonton, Alberta
REGISTRATION: This event is FREE! Click here to register (Registration will be open January 3 – February 18, 2019). Please contact Patrick MacQuarrie at if you have registered and are not able to attend.
TRAVEL: Coming in from out of town? Click here to apply for a travel subsidy (Travel subsidy applications will be accepted January 3 – February 4, 2019). Applicants will be informed of a decision February 11, 2019.
ACCOMMODATION: We have blocked off a limited number of rooms at the Chateau Nova Kingsway Hotel (159 Airport Road in Edmonton) for both the night of March 6 and March 7. The majority of rooms have 2 queen beds at a rate of $119/night. There are also a few rooms with 1 queen bed on the night of March 7 for $109/night. To book from our room block, please call the hotel at 780-424-6683 and mention that you will be participating in the Alberta Healthy Community Symposium, or book online at and use the code 'abhealthy'.
INDIGENOUS CHAMPIONS’ GATHERING: If you are part of the Indigenous Champions’ Community of Practice, please join Janet Naclia of the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association for the preconference Indigenous Champions’ Gathering March 7, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, also at the Santa Maria Goretti Centre. Please email Janet at for more details. Or, alternatively, drop a note to Brenda Roland, Indigenous Community Coordinator at the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund, at

Keynote Speakers: Andra Auger and Mark Cabaj

To view the agenda for the event, click here.

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:

View the agenda here. 

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.