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Tuesday, December 1

11:00am CST

Beyond Solidarity Statements
The ongoing Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has ignited wide-spread conversations worldwide about racism, equity, and inclusion. Winnipeg saw likely the largest march and direct action since the 1919 General Strike on June 5, 2020 in support of BLM and police defunding. Many organizations and businesses shared information via social media platforms and launched solidarity statements with the BLM movement. The purpose of this session is to explore what community builders and organizations are doing (and can do) toward anti-racism internally and in community. What are strong examples of anti-racist practice and action that organizations have undertaken? What call ins/call outs are necessary to strengthen equity and inclusion in our movements and sector to help build the future we want?

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Angelina Pelletier

Systems Navigator and Program Manager, Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad
Born and raised in Treaty 1 territory, Angelina Pelletier is a passionate community advocate and specializes in educating and empowering young people with a focus on systemic discrimination. She is a Systems Navigator and Program Manager at an Indigenous youth-serving organization... Read More →

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Dorota Blumczynska

Executive Director, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM)
Dorota Blumczynska is the executive director of IRCOM. Through her lived experience and in her work, she understands the power of education, self-determination, and the freedom to share our stories and be accepted as whole persons. This knowledge coupled with a deep sense of social... Read More →
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Ella Taylor

Community Programs Assistant, Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthews Community Association
Ella Taylor (she/they) is a 21 year old Criminal Justice student and community organizer working in community development in the West End. She is passionate about social justice, music, and being an Aquarius ♒️!
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Rhonda Thompson

Treasurer, Black History Month Celebration Committee, Congress of Black Women of Manitoba Inc.
As an avid community supporter, Rhonda has lent her insight and expertise in Community Relations and Finance to a number of organizations. She helps to facilitate community engagement opportunities and acts as a liaison between demographical groups to encourage knowledge transfer.Rhonda... Read More →
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Elliot Walsh

Studio 393 Manager, Graffiti Art Programming Inc.

Tuesday December 1, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm CST
Wednesday, December 2

9:00am CST

Resources for Community Building: Trends in Funding & Financing
Across Manitoba and further, government has started to interact with community builders to fund and finance your essential work in different ways. In this session, current trends in funding and financing will be unpacked and explored. This will be an opportunity for community builders to connect over some important questions such as: What arrangements with service providers or community-based organizations has the province made to do this work? What learnings can peers share to support each other? What cautions must be noted and shared?

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Dawn Sands

Executive Director, North End Community Renewal Corporation
Dawn Sands has 9 years of executive management experience specializing in the community economic development sector. Originally from Nipigon Ontario, she completed her education in Social Work and Human Resources Management at Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology in... Read More →

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Kim Hickes

Executive Director, YWCA Thompson
Kim Hickes was raised in Churchill, MB, a remote tundra-barren community of 800 people. In this environment she learned what it meant to be part of a community – in order to survive it was necessary to help each other, rely on your neighbours and to be creative with limited resources... Read More →
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Glen Koroluk

Executive Director, Manitoba Eco-Network
Glen Koroluk has spent most of his working career in the non-profit and charitable sector as a community organizer and coordinator on issues and projects such as housing, food sovereignty, community development, and environmental protection.He is currently the executive director of... Read More →
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Michael Redhead Champagne

President, Fearless R2W
Michael Redhead Champagne, born and raised in Winnipeg’s North End, is an award-winning community organizer, public speaker, and a proud member of Shamattawa First Nation. Michael believes we all have a gift and shows youth the path to discover their own. He is solution oriented... Read More →

Wednesday December 2, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CST

11:00am CST

COVID-19 and Food Security: From Emergency to Equity
The pandemic has exacerbated existing rates of food insecurity across Manitoba. Government and community responses have largely focused on emergency food relief. However, this problem of insufficient and inadequate food is not about a lack of food but rather a problem of inequitable economic access. Let’s seize this moment of transition and temporary income support programs to advocate for long term systemic change – to reduce food insecurity beyond the pandemic.

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Beth Timmers

Acting Vice Chair, Food Matters Manitoba
Beth Timmers is an environmental social scientist and project manager with the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Beth has ten years of experience researching food and agricultural sustainability in tropical and equatorial regions and a PhD in environmental studies... Read More →

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Kirsten Bernas

Director of Housing, West Central Women’s Resource Centre
Kirsten Bernas is the Director of Housing at the West Central Women’s Resource Centre. She is also the chair of the Provincial Working Group of the Right to Housing Coalition and sits on the Steering Committee for Make Poverty History Manitoba.
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Meaghan Erbus

Advocacy & Impact Manager, Winnipeg Harvest
Meaghan Erbus is the Advocacy and Impact Manager at Harvest. In her role, she is a community advocate, a liaison with all-levels of government and executes community- based research. Meaghan believes in the importance of amplifying the voices of those with lived experiences to help... Read More →
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Demian Lawrenchuk

Northern Coordinator, Food Matters Manitoba
Demian is driven by the Inninwuk (Swampy Cree) teachings to provide for his community of Fox Lake. Learning all he can from the land and the Elders, he spends much of his time harvesting from the land as dictated by the seasons. Demian has been committed to passing on these lessons... Read More →

Wednesday December 2, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm CST
Thursday, December 3

9:00am CST

The Transformative Potential of Finance
Community economic development is often explained through the concept of the ‘leaky bucket economy’ -- where wealth and resources are pouring through holes and cracks created by economic ownership far from communities, leaving many people and helpful organizations without everything they need. Finance is a really leaky bucket. And, the financial system including banks, investments, pensions & savings funds, philanthropic funds, and other tools can be contributors to inequality and discrimination. Social finance has recently taken center stage as an innovative way of tackling these challenges. But this conversation can get stuck on particular models, like social impact bonds. It often feels really remote and complicated or just impossible to engage in when we’re so busy working in community. This session is an opportunity to join folks involved in social finance and the federal Investment Readiness Program from various perspectives. We’ll explore the potential and pitfalls for big change if we can plug this leaky bucket with community-owned models and bold social finance ideas to pour finance back into our communities.

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Sarah Leeson-Klym

Regional Networks Director, Canadian CED Network
Sarah Leeson-Klym is Regional Networks Director for the Canadian CED Network. In that role, she works with network leaders across Canada to create opportunities for learning, dialogue, and alignment across a variety of cross-cutting issues like social and community finance, social... Read More →

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Sagal Dualeh

Director, Investment Readiness Program, Canadian Women’s Foundation
Sagal Dualeh joined the Canadian Women’s Foundation as Director of Investment Readiness and has over ten years experience in the field working with non-profit organizations, charities, government, as well as with social enterprise and entrepreneurs. She’s worked in varying sectors... Read More →
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Brendan Reimer

Strategic Partner, Values-Based Banking, Assiniboine Credit Union
Brendan Reimer is Assiniboine Credit Union’s Strategic Partner, Values-Based Banking. Brendan also currently provides leadership as the co-chair of the Canadian Credit Union Association’s Community Impact Committee, and volunteers as a board member with both SEED Winnipeg and... Read More →
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Eden Yesh

Chair, BC Community Impact Investment Coalition
Eden Yesh is the Regional Manager of Community Economic Development at Kootenay Employment Services Society and has been with the organization for 10 years. For the past six years, Eden led the research, development and incorporation of three Community Investment Co-ops in the Kootenay-Boundary... Read More →

Thursday December 3, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CST

1:00pm CST

Linking the Climate Movement to Communities
This session will help link big conversations about a Green New Deal, a Just Transition, and Climate Justice, with community work. How does your work relate to big change needed to address climate change? How can community-based organizations and the climate movement work together? How to support and implement practical solutions in the here-and-now while also working for large-scale policy change?

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Hannah Muhajarine

Organizer, Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition
Hannah moved to Winnipeg in 2016 from Saskatoon. She has a Masters in Natural Resource Management from the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Manitoba, and has worked in research and community economic development. She currently works for the Green Resilience Project... Read More →
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Jessica da Silva

Director, Youth Agencies Alliance
Jessica da Silva has a Master’s in Political Science from University of Manitoba and Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Escola Superior de Administração e Marketing, Brazil. She has been volunteering and employed with the charitable and non-profit sector with a focus... Read More →

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Jessica Floresco

General Manager, Mother Earth Recycling
Jessica Floresco is the General Manager at Mother Earth Recycling. She is a proud member of the Metis community and has been working with the urban indigenous population and rural First Nations for the past ten years on environmental sustainability issues, land use, and governance... Read More →
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Josep Seras Gubert

Sustainability Projects Coordinator, Green Action Centre
Josep is a multidisciplinary project manager focused on environmental education and sustainable design. He is an innovative and visionary team player with 25 years of experience ranging from product design to creativity in education and environmentalism. He is always keen to be involved... Read More →
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Asha Nelson

Projects Coordinator, Fireweed Food Co-op
Asha Nelson has diverse experience working in community development and community-based research with a special focus in the food and farming sector. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with an advanced degree in Global Political Economy where she developed a passion for... Read More →
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Anna Sigrithur

Food Hub Coordinator, Fireweed Food Co-op
Anna Sigrithur has worked in the food sector for more than a decade as a chef-entrepreneur, a food service worker, a journalist on food issues, and a participant in local food systems in Manitoba and elsewhere. For more than 8 years, she owned and operated a catering company specializing... Read More →

Thursday December 3, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
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