Annual Community of Learning 2019

Photo of Sydney Street with conference logo and dates (October 9 and 10)

Come to Family Service Canada’s 2019 Community of Learning Conference

Wednesday, October 9 to Thursday, October 10

Build a strong national network of executive leaders from family services agencies across Canada for both yourself and your agency at the 2019 Annual Community of Learning event, in beautiful Sydney, Nova Scotia, October 9 & 10, 2019.

The event is hosted by Family Service Canada, a national, not-for-profit organization that promotes learning and the exchange of expertise through the dynamic relationships between not-for-profit executive leaders.

Family Service Canada works to identify national trends and organize relevant speakers and experts to help family service leaders understand and prepare for how these changes will impact their organizations. The 2019 conference will explore modern brain science and how it can make a difference for children and families, creative fund development, and a showcase of three exceptional collaborations.

Conference Pricing

Early bird pricing, now to August 31: $450
Regular pricing, September: $500
Last-minute, October: $550

New this year! If you are a member of Family Service Canada, send one representative to the Annual Community of Learning event for free! Send additional members for current ticket pricing.

Not a member of Family Service Canada? Not a problem – you can still purchase tickets to attend. (Care to become a member? Sign up to be a member by August 31 and receive one seat for free – click here to explore membership).

Reserve your Hotel Room

This year’s event is held at The Holiday Inn Sydney-Waterfront, Sydney, Nova Scotia, October 9 & 10, 2019 – a time of the year when the harbour is lined with trees full of red, orange and yellow leaves. (And if you care to extend your stay and enjoy Nova Scotia’s famous hospitality – the famous Celtic Colours International Festival begins October 11.)

A limited number of hotel rooms have been reserved under "FSR" (Family Service Reservation). To book your room, please dial 1-800-565-1001. The Family Service Canada rate is $139/night, plus applicable taxes. Rooms are reserved for the conference until September 7, 2019. Each registrant is responsible for booking their own accommodations.

Event Schedule

October 8, 2019

Community of Learning Reception and Greetings
Pauline Smale, FSC Board Chair and CEO at The Family Centre of Northern Alberta, Edmonton

October 9 – Conference Day 1

Greetings and Opening Remarks
Pauline Smale, FSC Board Chair and CEO at The Family Centre of Northern Alberta, Edmonton

The Brain Story: How Brain Science is Changing Policy and Practice to Make a Difference for Families in Alberta
Dr. Nicole Sherren, Scientific Director and Senior Program Office, The Palix Foundation
Carlene Donnelly, Executive Director, CUPS

Nova Scotia Kitchen Party
Dinner and music off-site

October 10, Conference Day 2

F&ST Breakfast (Limited Seating)
Toni Rivera-Joachin, CEO/Executive Director, Families and Schools Together Inc.
Jessica Williams, Senior Director, Programs and Services, Catholic Family Service of Calgary

Family Service Canada Annual General Meeting

Fund Development Built to Fit Your Organization
Gail Urquhart, President, Gail Urquhart Consulting

Collaboration Showcase

Establishing a Child and Youth Advocacy Centre in Saint John, New Brunswick
Heather Maughan, Executive Director, Family Services Saint John
Katina Feggos, Clinical Manager, Family Services Saint John

FSEAP – Critical Incident Response

Family Service Saskatchewan Walk-In Counselling Collaboration

Shellie Pociuk, Chief Executive Officer, Family Service Regina | Treasurer, Family Service Saskatchewan
Kirk Englot, Chief Operating Officer, Family Service Regina | Operational Lead for the Project
Trish St. Onge, Executive Director, CFS Saskatoon | President, Family Service Saskatchewan

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Presentations: What to Expect

The Brain Story: How Brain Science is Changing Policy and Practice to Make a Difference for Families in Alberta

Lifelong health is determined by more than just our genes: modern brain science shows that experiences early in life and at other sensitive periods of development change the brain in ways that make us more or less vulnerable to addiction, mental illness, and many other chronic diseases across our lifespan. Applying the science of brain development to prevent, intervene, and treat these predictable health problems of tomorrow is a complex challenge that requires new ideas, concrete action, and large-scale collaboration. Presentations, group discussion, hands-on activities, and real-life examples will be used to give conference attendees a grounding in the science of early brain development and how this knowledge is being used in policy and practice to make a difference for children and families in Alberta.

Dr. Nicole Sherren, Scientific Director and Senior Program Officer, Palix Foundation

The Scientific Director and Senior Program Officer with the Palix Foundation, Dr. Nicole Sherren has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Carleton University and moved to Alberta in 2003 to hold an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research/Neuroscience Canada research fellowship at the University of Lethbridge. Her research focus includes experience-based brain development, neurodevelopmental disorders, and brain plasticity. Nicole joined the Palix Foundation in 2007 to focus on mobilizing the science of early brain development into public policy and professional practice. She designs and delivers professional development opportunities across the health, education, human services, and justice sectors, and lends her expertise to organizations seeking to apply the science in their own settings. She also volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors for Calgary Alpha House Society.

www.palixfoundation.org | www.albertafamilywellness.org

Carlene Donnelly, Executive Director, CUPS

The Executive Director of CUPS Health and Education Centre’s, a not for profit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families overcome poverty, Carlene Donnelly has a Master of Education and a Master of Business, as well as, over 25 years experience in the non-profit and social services sector. Carlene has dedicated her career to finding ways to create more positive outcomes for individuals and families. She believes that by working together with research and community partners and applying current brain science, people will become healthier and entire communities stronger. Since 1996, Carlene has been involved with numerous advisory and steering communities working with all levels of government on developing strategies, policies and recommendations surrounding the challenge of poverty and trauma for vulnerable citizens.

www.cupscalgary.com

F&ST Breakfast *NEW*

Seating for 20

We are excited to announce that Toni Rivera-Joachin, CEO/Executive Director of Families and Schools Together Inc, will be attending our conference. Families and Schools Together is an internationally acclaimed parent engagement program that helps children thrive by building strong relationships at home and school. Many family service agencies have run this amazing program across Canada. If you are interested in meeting Toni and learning more about Families and Schools Together in the US and Canada, please join us for breakfast on Thursday, October 10th at 7:30 am. This is for everyone – if you are currently running or program or interested in F&ST generally. There will be a signup available on the first day of the conference.

Toni will speak about joining F&ST Inc, and current news about the program in the States. She will also answer questions.
Jessica will speak about a current collaborative project to assess the state of F&ST in Canada.

Toni Rivera-Joachin, CEO/Executive Director of Families and Schools Together Inc

Toni plays a multi-faceted role at Families & Schools Together, Inc. She works with FAST Founder Dr. Lynn McDonald, the FAST Board of Directors and the FAST staff to lead the organization and determine its future direction. She oversees all aspects – from finance to implementation – and is passionate about bringing FAST® to communities and schools to help families become empowered to advocate for themselves. Toni has an undergraduate degree in Community Education, as well as a certificate in Latino Nonprofit Leadership, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master’s in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University.

www.familiesandschools.org/

Jessica Williams, Senior Director, Programs and Services, at Catholic Family Service of Calgary

Jessica Williams has been with Catholic Family Service since 2006. She has a Bachelor in Social Work (University of Victoria) and a Master’s of Arts in Leadership (Royal Roads University). Jessica is passionate about building strong families and has experience in a number of programs with CFS. She values excellence, courage, and compassion. She strives to tackle new challenges with both optimism and humility. Jessica is a firm believer in trying something new and learning by doing. She knows from experience that it is embracing the imperfections of our stories that teach us the most incredible things about ourselves and, without fail, show us the next step forward.

www.cfs-ab.org/

Fund Development Built to Fit Your Organization

Bring your fund development questions and challenges! This interactive session will start with a conversation about you: your organization’s experience with fundraising, and your biggest areas of need.

Gail Urquhart helps organizations build fundraising programs that fit, and in this workshop, she will lead conversations about real life fundraising challenges, fears and successes – all tailored to suit the needs of conference attendees. The workshop will include interactive coaching on the top needs identified by the room with learning that can be scaled to fit your organization regardless of whether your fundraising program is just getting going or has been active for years. Expect to leave this session with real, tried and true tactics and templates that you can put to work as soon as you get back to your desk.

Gail Urquhart, President, Gail Urquhart Consulting

Gail has spent 25 years working on the fundraising frontlines of charitable organizations across Canada, providing strategic leadership, mentoring fundraising professionals and teams, and creating and running successful fundraising programs that focus on genuine donor engagement. Now an independent consultant, Gail partners with a small and carefully chosen group of clients, sharing hands-on experience to help create fund development programs that are built to fit and to help take organizations where they want to go.

www.gailurquhart.com

Collaboration Showcase

Establishing a Child and Youth Advocacy Centre in Saint John New Brunswick

Heather Maughan and Katina Feggos of Family Plus, are a part of the team working to develop a Child and Youth Advocacy Centre in Saint John, New Brunswick. A Child and Youth Advocacy Centre provides a seamless, coordinated, and collaborative approach to address the needs of a child or youth who is a victim of sexual abuse or assault. To do that, the centre houses a multidisciplinary team with representatives from law enforcement, therapists, family advocates, health care, prosecution and victim services. Having all these organizations in one space provides great service for clients but can be challenging for the organizations involved. Heather and Katina will share some of their experiences working to establish and maintain numerous collaborative relationships within a single project.

Heather Maughan, Executive Director, Family Plus/Life Solutions (Family Services Saint John)

As Executive Director Heather has over 25 years of senior management experience with Family Life/Plus Solutions, Heather provides leadership, accountability and direction for the overall management of the day to day operation of the Agency. Heather has been directly involved in aspects of the development, marketing, promotion and coordination of all services provided by Family Plus. Heather is the Treasurer of both Family Service Atlantic and Family Service Canada National Board.

www.familyplus.ca

Katina Feggos, Case Manager, Clinical Services, Family Plus/Life Solutions (Family Services Saint John)

As Clinical Manager, Katina Feggos is responsible for oversight of all clinical aspects of the agency. Katina has over 15 years of experience in clinical therapy and holds a Master of Education in Counselling as well as a Bachelor of Social Work. Katina is highly regarded within the professional community and is recognized in her work with children and survivors of sexual abuse.

www.familyplus.ca

FSEAP - Critical Incident Response

More details to come.

Family Service Saskatchewan Walk-In Counselling Collaboration

Family Service Saskatchewan represents 12 member organizations throughout the province, and for the past four years, those agencies have had a growing excitement about the social impact possibilities of Single-Session Walk-In Counselling. They have been collaborating on an exciting approach to scale up Solution-Focused Single-Session Counselling in their communities.

After completing a collective impact data project and submitting a proposal to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health to provide rapid response walk-in counselling in the province, the group received funding on April 1, 2019. Now, eleven member agencies of Family Service Saskatchewan will deliver approximately 55 walk-in clinics in as many as 23 rural and urban communities in Saskatchewan, every week.

Shellie Pociuk, Kirk Englot, and Trish St. Onge will speak about the Journey: the support they received from colleagues in Family Service Canada who shared experiences about this model of service delivery, and how the members of Family Service Saskatchewan worked together to secure resources and navigate the execution of this service.

Shellie Pociuk, Chief Executive Officer, Family Service Regina | Treasurer, Family Service Saskatchewan

Shellie has created a work environment where people are empowered to create change on their own to improve processes and procedures. She’s integrated open communication to encourage employees to achieve the highest level of team performance. She has a strong background in financial management for both private and public corporations, sits on the Board of Directors for Family Service Saskatchewan, has served on the United Way Campaign Cabinet for nine years and is a founding partner of the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership.

www.familyserviceregina.com

Kirk Englot, Chief Operating Officer, Family Service Regina | Operational Lead for the Project

Kirk is armed with 17 years of non-profit experience; he holds a Master of Social Work, completed in 2009 and has worked as a supportive independent living worker and as a counsellor. He has also had extensive involvement in community development, anti-poverty and collaborative intersectoral social change initiatives. Kirk oversees our Social Enterprise Division, Family Services Employee Assistance (FSEAP) program, and strategic initiatives.

www.familyserviceregina.com

Trish St. Onge, Executive Director, CFS Saskatoon | President, Family Service Saskatchewan

Trish believes that by investing time and energy into the culture of an organization first and foremost, the good work will follow. It is because of inspired and committed people coupled with meaningful purpose that she has been involved in a variety of public and non-profit organizations over the past 32 years. Trish has held a variety of leadership positions, most recently as Executive Director with CFS Saskatoon. She is a strong advocate for the non-profit sector and family serving agencies supporting the work, locally, provincially and nationally. She strives to provide inspiration, creative thinking, and vision towards a better future state for leaders, the sector and our communities. Trish is a Certified Executive Coach and holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Victoria, and a Masters in Continuing Education from the University of Saskatchewan.

www.cfssaskatoon.sk.ca

 

Additional Information

What is Family Service Canada?

Do you ever find yourself faced with a big decision and wonder what other leaders would do?

We all have!

Our organizations are complex systems, and it can be challenging to anticipate the impacts of our choices as they ripple through the people and programs we are responsible for. Family Service Canada is a national not-for-profit organization that promotes learning and the exchange of expertise through the dynamic relationships between executive leaders of family serving organizations in Canada – providing a solution to some of the loneliness and isolation that can be experienced by leaders of non-profit organizations.

Why you should attend the 2019 Community of Learning Conference

The Family Service Canada Community of Learning is the only national family service event created exclusively for executive directors and their seconds-in-command to network, exchange information and develop their leadership capacity.

If you’re a member of Family Service Canada:

  • Reconnect with your peers from family serving agencies across Canada, share your latest news, and discuss your recent successes and challenges.
  • Learn from experts and leaders about The Brain Story, creative fund development, and collaboration successes. Explore how these might shape your organization, and network with leaders from other organizations that have already implemented some of these practices.
  • Contribute your voice at the Family Service Canada AGM.

If you’re not a member of Family Service Canada:

  • Meet and connect with your peers from family serving agencies across Canada, share your latest news, and discuss your recent successes and challenges.
  • Learn from experts and leaders about The Brain Story, creative fund development, and collaboration successes. Explore how these might shape your organization, and network with leaders from other organizations that have already implemented some of these practices.
  • Experience the Family Service Canada community and explore the organization and how membership can benefit your organization.
  • Connect with a national group of supportive leaders with the same values who actively engage in learning from one another, and who share resources and points of view in a respectful environment.
  • Become a member by August 31 and get one free seat at the Community of Learning Conference.

What your inner tourist will see in Sydney

Walk Sydney’s Waterfront District and visit the world’s largest fiddle

Like many coastal towns, Sydney’s waterfront is the heart of the city. A walk along the harbour offers a great mixture of historic buildings, boats and ships, buskers, street vendors, and of course the world’s largest fiddle. For more about Sydney’s history and tourist attractions visit: https://www.novascotia.com/about-nova-scotia/regions/cape-breton/sydney

Get tickets for the Celtic Colours International Festival!

On October 11th, the day after the Family Service Canada Conference wraps up, Sydney’s Celtic Colours International Festival kicks off. Named for Nova Scotia’s spectacular fall colours, this celebration of Cape Breton music and culture includes, concerts, learning opportunities, arts and crafts and even community meals. The Celtic Colours Festival is not to be missed!

https://celtic-colours.com/