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Engaging Marginalized Communities Download as iCal file
Wednesday 27 February 2013, 13:00 - 14:30

This webinar - the fourth in a series of four webinars on community engagement - provides theory, best practices, resources and tools for engaging marginalized communities or populations in community planning initiatives and policy change.

Specific topics include: the engagement continuum from information-sharing to shared decision-making; capacity-building and asset-based approaches; techniques and processes for involving people in meaningful ways, providing opportunities to build on existing skills, building trust, and overcoming barriers to participation.

The webinar will feature a guest speaker who will share a success story from Acton, Halton or Burlington. 

Register for the remainder of the webinar series.


Rishia Burke

Rishia has front line and management experience as a health promoter and community developer, working within a family resource centre, neighbourhood association and Community Health Centre in at-risk neighbourhoods. Work with the Community Health Centres and Aboriginal Health Access Centres provided opportunities such as facilitating community based training for volunteer board members, consulting with community groups in the process of developing community health centre proposals and leading projects related to health promotion and interdisciplinary team best practices. Rishia has her own consulting practice focusing on community research, planning processes and program evaluation. Her focus areas include positive youth development, early years research and programming, community capacity building and poverty issues, staff and volunteer development, group facilitation and community partnership building.

Jeff Kohl

Jeff has 20 years of experience as an adult educator, community animator and facilitator. He has supported a wide range of organizations, partnerships and networks at the local, regional and provincial levels to plan, deliver and evaluate healthy community initiatives, uncover local assets, engage local leaders, set strategic directions, evaluate programs, and monitor results. Jeff has a degree in environmental studies and is trained as a facilitator in Asset-based Community Development (ABCD), Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space and Transition Town processes.


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Certificate of Completion

A certificate of completion is available for those who attend or listen to the recording of at least three webinars in the Community Engagement series and respond to the self-reflective questions.

Application for Certificate Form must be received no later than Monday, March 11, 2013.  For more information, please contact: Hélène, Services Coordinator, at 416-847-1575 or 1-855-847-1575.