Programs: Communities Choosewell



2018 Alberta Healthy Community Symposiums

For 2018, Communities ChooseWell is teaming up with the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund to bring you our annual Healthy Community Symposiums. The theme this year revolves around creating communities that enhance the health and sense of belonging for all community members, and the title is 'Creating Communities for Everyone'.

View the most recent version of the agenda here.

There will be two events held:

  • Edmonton, March 5th & 6th, at the Ridgewood Community League Hall (3705 Mill Woods Road East, Edmonton) - Click here to register
  • Calgary, March 7th & 8th, at the Cranston Residents Association Hall (11 Cranarch Road SouthEast, Calgary) - Click here to register

Both Symposiums will be comprised of an evening session (6:30-9pm) on the first day and a day session (8:30am-4pm) on the second day. 

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.


Group rates are available for both events:


Calgary Courtyard Mariott South - Click here to receive the group rate, or call 587-349-7599 and book under the Healthy Community Symposiums block. Breakfast is NOT included. Expires Feb 20.


Sawridge Inn Edmonton South - Click here to receive the group rate, or call 780-438-1222 and use the code 'ARPA'. Breakfast is included. Expires Feb 26.

Travel Subsidies

Limited travel subsidies will be available based on demand for people travelling from outside of Edmonton/Calgary for the event. The deadline to apply for subsidy is February 15. We will begin reviewing travel subsidies on February 8th. Click here to apply for a subsidy.