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Inclusive Civic Engagement Download as iCal file
Wednesday 23 March 2016, 13:30 - 15:00

Building strong, healthy communities is not easy. The decline of community life has been well documented, and is often related to stresses such as poverty, precarious work, juggling competing demands, and also as a consequence of suburbanization, increased home entertainment, higher rates of mobility and globalization. Many communities feel disconnected from public policy development and decision-making, resulting in lower voter turnout and cynicism about political accountability. Socially vulnerable groups such as indigenous peoples, immigrants, refugees, racial/cultural minorities, and economically marginalized groups often find it difficult to participate effectively in political life. There are often challenges associated with attaining leadership roles in non-profit community organizations, through which community members can increase their involvement in policy development and decision-making. In this webinar we will identify barriers to civic engagement, and discuss strategies for supporting people from all walks of life to become involved, connected and engaged in their communities and local government.

This webinar is the third in a three part series on Civic Engagement. The first webinar of the series, "Engaging Citizens for Healthy Communities: Current Challenges and Approaches", was presented on October 20, 2015. The second webinar, "An Introduction to Engaging in the Review of your Official Plan", will be presented on February 24, 2016. All three webinars in this series are being recorded and will be available for viewing, along with slides and resource materials, on the HC Link website.


Lorna McCue, Executive Director, Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition
Lorna has over 25 years of experience in developing and managing not-for-profit, community-based organizations and services. As Executive Director of the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, she leads a team of community consultants in providing consultation services, learning activities and educational resources to community organizations and networks working on Healthy Communities initiatives. She has an MSW degree wiith a concentration in Community Development and Social Planning and thrives on collaboration, innovation and stimulating system-wide change.

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Cathy Gallagher-Louisy, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)
Cathy Gallagher-Louisy is Director, Knowledge Services for the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), a unique national charity dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusion in workplaces and schools. Cathy leads the CCDI’s research portfolio and provides consulting services and training workshops within both public and private sector organizations and academic institutions. She is the author of CCDI’s groundbreaking benchmarking report on diversity measurement in Canadian organizations as well as CCDI’s 5 (free) toolkits for D&I practitioners, and she has written or co-written 10 major research and benchmarking reports on workplace diversity & inclusion.


Yohana Otite, Program Manager, DiverseCity OnBoard, Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion
Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion (HCCI) is a community based organization that supports the City of Hamilton and its major institutions, businesses and service providers to initiate and sustain processes which promote equity and create welcoming and inclusive environments in all areas of civic life. Yohana is responsible for the development, implementation, marketing and promotion of the DiverseCity-onBoard Program, which connects qualified candidates from visible minority and underrepresented communities to volunteer board positions and provides training in board governance.


Rebecca Johnson, Councillor-at-Large, City of Thunder Bay
Rebecca will share information and challenges about Diversity Thunder Bay which she Co-Chairs. Sitting on more than 20 boards and committees, including the Anti-racism & Respect Advisory Committee, Rebecca is considered a business leader, mentor, ambassador and a role model for young women in Northwestern Ontario. She has 26 years of political experience, and is an active member of a wide variety of organizations, including Women in Politics, an organization that encourages women to participate at all levels of Canadian government. Rebecca has been recognized with numerous awards over the years for her commitment to Northwestern Ontario

Register now. The registration deadline is March 20.