HC Link works with local community organizations and groups to plan and co-host regional gatherings across the province that meet the needs of the region’s communities. While these unique events differ in their format and topic, all take a Healthy Communities perspective, facilitate local connections and provide an interactive opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange.
HC Link provides resources and staff support to collaboratively plan and deliver these regional events. In addition, our consultants can offer their specific areas of expertise related to the event program.
Working with the local planning committee, we facilitate relationship-building and the development of cross-sectoral and diverse community partnerships, providing opportunities to engage stakeholders across the region and create a community-building event.
HC Link’s 2016-2017 Regional Gatherings include events in:
Ottawa –on inclusive and equitable partnerships within the Francophone community in the Central-East region of Ontario (in French only).
Timiskaming – on intersectoral collaboration and partnerships to build a common vision for all communities across the district of Timiskaming.
Thunder Bay - an exploration of relationships through storytelling and art making.
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Upcoming Regional Gatherings
2016-2017 Past Regional Gatherings
2014-2015 Regional Gatherings
2012-2013 Regional Gatherings
Connecting Through Stories | an exploration of relationships through art making and connection to place
March 30, 2017
Join us for an exploration of relationships through storytelling and art making Thursday March 30th, 10 am – 4:30pm at the Baggage Building Arts Centre, located at 2200 Sleeping Giant Pkwy in Thunder Bay. The event will begin with an opening ceremony led by Elder Diane Michano-Richmond. Community-engaged artists Eleanor Albanese and Michelle Richmond Saravia will guide the creative process. Admission is free, and a complimentary lunch will be provided.
Space is limited, to reserve your spot please register at https://connectingthroughstories.eventbrite.ca or call 416-408-4841 / 1-800-766-3418 ext. 2.
This event will contribute to Article 63 of the Call to Actions contained in the Truth and Reconciliation Report, which calls for “building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect,” and Article 83, which calls for “a strategy for Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to undertake collaborative projects and produce works that contribute to the reconciliation process”.
Connecting Through Stories is made possible with generous support of HC Link, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, beSuperior Consulting and artist Crystal Nielsen.
The purpose of this event was to:
- define and prioritize Timiskaming community members’ needs and interests to inform next steps for collaboration in the community
- strengthen Timiskaming community members’ capacity to collaborate and work collectively in a Good Way
- identify next steps by exploring how community hubs are a possible solution to make life easier for people and sustain services in Timiskaming
Watch the presentation here, thanks to the Northern Policy Institute:
For Part 2 of the presentation, as well as other videos on the Panel Discussion, go to the Northern Policy Institute link here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg_bYnysZlrG0QSjDofo-JfPkgJR9YcNI
Thank you to our event partners and sponsors!
Rassemblement régional dans l'Est de l'Ontario : Vers la mise en œuvre effective de partenariats équitables et inclusifs (Event held in French only)
Planting the Seeds: Food Security and Food System Development in Kenora
In February 2015 Seeds for Change and HC Link hosted a Food Symposium is to develop a common understanding and build a foundation of food security in the region by learning, sharing and planning together.
Participants heard from a variety of speakers covering topics including food security, community initiatives, food networks, and economic impacts of local food networks. In a community planning session, they explored what their community needs to be more food secure in different settings (school, community, workplace, city, business).
Timiskaming Northern Forums - Activating Community Change: Building Healthy Communities Together
In December 2014, HC Link and Timiskaming Health Unit hosted Timiskaming Northern Forums in New Liskeard and Kirkland Lake. The goal of the Activating Community Change workshop was to increase the motivation, knowledge and skills for conducting advocacy for Healthy Communities in Timiskaming. Guest speakers were from HC Link, Haliburton Communities in Action Committee and other Northern municipal and business leaders. The workshop brought together community partners, public health staff, health promotion and recreation professionals, municipal staff, elected officials, and decision-makers.
Topics included local issues and solutions around advocacy and tools to assist participants with their Healthy Communities advocacy work. The forum included sessions on advocacy in rural areas and stories from the field highlighting how and why advocacy approaches, strategies, techniques and skills have worked to build healthy communities across the north and how these can be applied in the Timiskaming and New Liskeard regions.
Sioux Lookout Regional Gathering - Developmental Assets
In October, the Sioux Lookout Healthy Community Task Force, in partnership with HC Link, hosted a workshop on Developmental Assets, the building blocks for raising healthy children and youth. The more assets young people have, the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviours and the more likely they are to thrive.
The Developmental Assets Workshop provided participants with the tools to become an asset builder in the lives of young people. This workshop was open to everyone in the community.
The workshop presenter was Patricia Howell-Blackmore, Director of Communications and Programs from Lion's Quest Canada: The Centre for Positive Youth Development.
In April 2014, HC Link hosted three French-language gatherings in the communities of Longlac, Geraldton and Thunder Bay in collaboration with a number of francophone organizations and networks.
Francophone Provincial Forum - Building inspiring partnerships for the well-being of the francophone community
This event is aimed at service providers working in health, social services, community development, immigration and education....to learn about partnerships and collaborations in two languages! Participants learned about new regulations on French Language Services for Third party agencies; explored ways to partner with Francophone communities across Ontarioo; heard first-person stories from francophone service providers and leaders working on the ground; and expanded your own networks with French and English speaking organizations.
Central East Gathering: Community Connections Count! Working Together on Social Determinants of Health and Well-being
This forum brought together health and social service providers in the Muskoka, Simcoe, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough regions. Find out about the importance of social determinants of health and well-being and explore ways to foster community connections and social cohesion—critical elements for the health of our communities.
Keynote: Community Connections Count! (Dr. Pellizzari)
Community Food Security (Dr. Pellizzari)
Addressing the SDOH in Simcoe Muskoka (Dr. Lisa Simon)
Working Together on the SDOH and Well-being (Mary-Lou Mills)
High-Risk Older Aduts: Hoarding, Self-Neglect, and Coordinated Community Response (Melinda Wall)
The Stress Connection & The Gender Factor (Suzanne Witt-Foley)Pt 2Pt 3
World Café (Descriptions of Sessions)
Link to photos of the day
South West Gathering: Food System Sustainability – Addressing Local Barriers to Success
This gathering brought together people from diverse sectors to identify and address current challenges to supporting a local, sustainable food system.
There are many people involved in building healthy communities. This one day regional forum will bring together those people: community partners, public health staff, health promotion and recreation professionals, municipal staff, elected officials, and decision-makers to explore ways to work together to build healthy communities. The forum will include sessions on how these various partners can work together and frame the issues they are working on in a way that aligns with the work of municipalities. Co-hosted by HC Link and the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, the forum will feature Paul Young from HC Link and also profile community examples and stories from across the Northeast region of the province.
East Region Gathering: From Knowledge to Action: Moving Forward on the Social Determinants of Health Agenda | Social Determinants of Health | Community Food Security/Systems (Part 2) (Part 3) | Housing/Homelessness (Part 2) (Part Three)
All are welcome to attend this gathering to exchange ideas and knowledge on ways of addressing the social determinants of health using integrated approaches. Keynote speakers and panelists will showcase best (better/promising) practices and participants from diverse sectors will interact with each other on how we can move forward along the continuum of knowledge to action.