Building Skills For Change Workshop

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Impact Hub Ottawa

123 Slater Street

#6th Floor

Ottawa, ON K1P 5H2

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Learn from Olivia Chow to increase community engagement, build your leadership skills and effectively make change in your community.

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"If you feel powerfully about something and want to start making a difference, this is for you.” - Leon Letto

Are you passionate about making change in your community? Are you or your group actively working on social justice campaigns? In this special intensive workshop, we’re bringing in Olivia Chow, to help you learn how to be a successful leader, tell your story and build important relationships that foster leadership and growth.

Register for this FREE one-day training with Olivia Chow:

Date: November 9, 2019

Impact Hub, 123 Slater St. 6th Floor

Time: 9:30AM - 4:30PM

NOTE*** At this time we are prioritizing spaces for our target demographic; youth ages 14-24. If it permits, we will open up slots for other ages.

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Community organizing is all about people, power, and change – it starts with people and relationships, is focused on shifting power, and aims to create lasting change.

By the end of the day you will learn how:

  • To plan a winning strategy to build power and move decision makers
  • To choose effective tactics
  • To use your story to recruit and retain volunteers
  • To design motivating volunteer tasks
  • To structure your team for growth
  • To tell your story to persuade and motivate others
  • To present your campaign to others so that it’s clear and concise

You will finish the workshop ready to tell your story, with a developed organizing statement, and tools to plan your organizing project's strategy.

Telling stories that connect to the heart

To break habits, you need to tap into sources of hope and empathy, and tell stories that show how people overcome a challenge they are facing. Storytelling communicates emotional content. We teach storytelling so people know why you are doing what you are doing; we teach this by coaching students to tell their stories of self, us, and now.

You will leave the workshop able to communicate your motivations, and able to convince your audience to support your cause.

Strategizing

How can you use what you have, to do what you need to do to get what you want? Everyone strategizes every day. But there are proven ways to implement campaigns that increase engagement and continually build capacity, to best accomplish your goals.

You will leave the workshop knowing how to create and implement a strategic campaign and plan how to move the most important actors to support your cause.

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ACCESSIBILITY:

Impact Hub is fully accessible, with access to gender neutral washrooms.

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TRANSPORTATION:

  • Closest LRT Station: Parliament
  • Bus Routes: 7, 12, 14, 97 (5 min walk

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FOOD:Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided. Food will be vegan and/or GF, although we can’t guarantee the food will be safe for Celiacs.

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YOU WILL NEED:

  • Pens and notebooks (we can’t guarantee there will be enough plugs for laptops)

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ABOUT OLIVIA CHOW

For over thirty years, Olivia Chow has been an effective and well-known public figure, serving in Toronto’s municipal politics and on the national stage as a Canadian Member of Parliament. She was voted Best City Councillor seven times by readers of NOW magazine and Best MP in 2010. Readers of the Toronto Sun voted her Top Torontonian in 2012 and Canadian Immigrant magazine named her as one of Canada’s Top 25 Immigrants. Olivia also wrote the best selling memoir “My Journey”, published in 2014.

In 2015, Olivia Chow joined Ryerson University as a Distinguished Visiting Professor. Her work focuses on community engagement and leadership development.

As a founder of the Institute for Change Leaders, Olivia and her team of 30+ trainers have taught community and political organizing to thousands of organizers since March of 2015.

Olivia’s career has been all about creating lasting change. Olivia was born in Hong Kong and moved to Toronto with her parents when she was thirteen. She studied Philosophy and Fine Art at university and has worked as a college professor, an ESL teacher, a counsellor for new immigrants, and a sculptor.

She became an activist as a young woman, fighting for the rights of refugees and immigrants. For over 20 years, she was at the forefront of the ultimately successful campaign to achieve a national apology and redress for the discriminatory “Chinese Head Tax”. Olivia won her first election in 1985 and served on the Toronto Board of Education for six years. In 1991, Olivia became the first Asian-born woman elected as a Metro Toronto Councillor. She was re-elected to city council five times, serving with distinction for 14 years. While at City Hall, she served as Chair of the Community Services Committee and Vice Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), among other senior responsibilities.

Throughout her career, Olivia has been at the forefront, working for progress for all. She has reached across party lines and travelled across the country, forging alliances with municipal and provincial leaders, business and advocacy groups.

Olivia married Jack Layton in 1988, and together they forged one of Canada’s most remarkable political partnerships, sharing a passion for life and a commitment to change. Jack became the leader of the New Democratic Party and Canada’s Leader of the Opposition in Parliament before he died of cancer in 2011. Since his passing, Olivia has continued the quest to make Toronto a better city and Canada a better country for all.

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