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Panel Discussion Explores Real-World Perspectives at 2015 Conference

On Day 1 of next month’s HC Link conference, Linking for Healthy Communities: Action for Change, we are holding a one-hour panel discussion following our opening keynote address from Dave Meslin. Dave is speaking about Breaking Down Barriers to Community Action, and will discuss how to open the doors to meaningful dialogue and participation, allowing us to collectively build communities we want to live in.

The follow-up panel discussion will explore perspectives on this from the community level. The intent is that it will bridge concepts introduced in the keynote with the things that conference attendees can do when they return to work after the conference. We are happy to have Dave moderate this interactive panel session. He will no doubt have a number of thought-provoking perspectives and comments of his own to share.

We have a diverse line-up of panelists from across the province that will share their experiences and offer practical advice on how to break down the barriers that exist in engaging and involving people to make change in their communities. Here is a bit about them:


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Corina Artuso

Youth Engagement Coordinator, Algoma Public Health

Corina has a decade of experience working with youth and community partners in the Algoma district’s rural, urban and First Nation communities and knows the resiliency and power young people can have to make change when given opportunities and support. Using a collaborative approach, she seeks to build capacity for youth engagement at personal, professional, organizational and community levels. Corina will share how youth engagement strategies can break barriers to better achieve organizational mandates and build healthy communities. 




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Co-Chair, Elgin Children’s Network 

Elizabeth is a Community Planning Analyst for Elgin-Middlesex-London with a focus on early child development and family support. She has led many community initiatives including: The Family Involvement Project, St. Thomas Doable Neighbourhood Project, Northside Neighbourhood Hub and Elgin Children’s Network. As a believer in Human Centred Design Thinking, her approach to meaningful change starts with relationship building and intentional connectivity. Elizabeth’s work is guided by a vision for a healthier, happier community to live, work and play.




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Co-President, Coalition of Community Health & Resource Centres of Ottawa

Luc is Executive Director of the Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre and co-president of the Coalition of Community Health & Resource Centres of Ottawa, which was a partner in creating Bridging the Gap: Measuring what matters - The Ottawa Community Wellbeing report. This report told the story of the city of Ottawa in a relatable, accessible and meaningful way that successfully engaged the public and got attention of the media and municipal staff. The Ottawa Coalition also worked very closely with 2014’s Making Votes Count Where We Live initiative. He is a member of the Civic Engagement Table, gathering community partners and residents of Ottawa as part of ongoing civic engagement.


Getting citizens, community leaders and organizations interested and engaged in community issues can be such a huge undertaking. I’m really looking forward to hearing ideas and advice from these three individuals and all the participants at our conference this year. I hope you’ll be there!

There’s still time to register but not long! Registration closes Monday, November 2nd.

This is just one activity planned at our provincial conference this year. Check out the Conference Agenda & Program.

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