Kim is a dynamic community organizer and advocate of equality and inclusion. As a writer, consultant and educator, she helps people build their ability to relate to others -- especially to those who, on the surface, may seem quite different than ourselves.

Her intersectional approach to human rights reframes the golden rule: instead of considering how we want to be treated, “treat others the way they want to be treated”. Kim gives people a solid foundation for understanding the experiences of others and acting in allyship.

A passionate speaker, Kim weaves together historical context, statistical analysis, and current events to arouse a sense of curiosity and empathy in her audience. Committed to the issues and inspiring in her approach to solutions, she makes creating large scale change accessible by focusing on small meaningful actions and choices.

Learn more about Kim Katrin Milan and watch her TED Talk (in English):


Branch Out Theatre


Branch Out Theatre facilitates and creates innovative, participatory theatre workshops and productions to empower personal and collective transformation. They motivate community building, creative play, self-expression, critical reflection, collaborative leadership, and set the stage to rehearse towards social change.

Branch Out Theatre is guided by the notion that the art of co-creating space for dialogue, sharing and enacting stories creates the conditions for individuals and communities to identify and solve their own struggles. Their r workshops and productions co-create the space for re-awakening imagination, addressing pressing issues and enacting change through improvisation, cooperative theatre games, movement, playwriting, devising original theatre, storytelling, dialogue and more!

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Workshop Presenters




Samiya Abdi @samiya_ph
Public Health Ontario

Samiya is a Health Promotion Consultant with Public Health Ontario. Samiya has 12 years’ experience in program development, management and evaluation working within non-profit, corporate and government sectors. Samiya’s practice is grounded in challenging multiple and intersecting forms of oppression; understanding marginalization in knowledge production, research and practice; and building equitable relationships.




Kim Bergeron @PublicHealthON ‏
Public Health Ontario

Kim is a Health Promotion Consultant with Public Health Ontario. Kim has over 20 years of experience facilitating multidisciplinary partnerships to create healthy, sustainable communities. Kim works towards policy change, program development, and improving standards of practice to address health inequities.




Andrea Bodkin @andreabodkin
HC Link (Health Nexus)

Andrea has an extensive background in physical activity and health promotion and has worked in local recreation centres and public health units as well as provincial NGOs and agencies. Andrea is passionate about community participation, partnership engagement and health equity. Andrea is an active blogger on HC Link’s website and is known for her active icebreakers and her humourous facilitation style.




Sarah Butson @Youth_Advocacy
Youth Advocacy Training Institute (YATI) – The Lung Association

Sarah has spent the last 10+ years working with youth in education settings and in Health Promotion and has been part of the YATI team for 7 years. She is passionate about the work that YATI does and the importance of empowering young people to be advocates for their own health. She holds a Master of Science from the University of Manchester, England and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario.




Angela Connors @onestep116 ‏
Ontario Network of Employment Skills Training Projects (ONESTEP)

Angela is the Inclusion Manager for ONESTEP and has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector and organized labour. She is Ojibway from the Saugeen First Nation, Beaver Clan. Angela is an experienced and skilled facilitator with a passion for equity, diversity and inclusion.






Patrick Delorme @Nexus_Sante
Réseau CS (Nexus Santé)

Patrick a travaillé pendant plus de 15 ans à l’échelle internationale, notamment dans les domaines de la santé communautaire, la promotion de la santé, la gestion et la planification des services de santé, le renforcement des capacités organisationnelles et des partenariats. Ici au Canada, il s’intéresse à la planification des services de santé en français, à l’intégration des francophones vivant en situation minoritaire tout en proposant des approches innovantes et participatives. Patrick est détenteur de 2 maitrises : l’une en santé publique et l’autre en développement communautaire.




Julia Fursova @Health_Nexus
Health Nexus 

Julia is a health promoter, adult educator and a researcher who is passionate about health equity and justice. She is a PhD Candidate in the Environmental Studies Program at York University, studying non-profit sector and community action in urban environments. Her research, in particular focuses on the issues of equity in the evaluation of community-based projects and governance issues in the non-profit community sector.





Jason Hartwick @hatsnboots1978
Nourish Project

Jason is a stay at home dad. He works at a grassroots level with a multitude of organizational partners to create better community. His involvement runs through the following initiatives in Peterborough and area: Basic Income Advocacy, Nourish Project (Growing, Cooking, Eating & Advocacy), Active Neighbourhoods Canada, CFICE (Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement), Art Hive Peterborough, Trent Radio, You, Your Community, Your Neighbourhood.





Kim Hodgson @OntarioHCC
HC Link (Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition)

Kim is a community planning and process facilitation consultant with over 20 years of experience in multi-sector partnership and network development, inter-sectoral collaboration, program planning and evaluation, community development and policy development. In addition to her work as a planner with public health units and community health centres, Kim was the Sr. Consultant for Planning and Community Engagement with the Waterloo Wellington LHIN. Currently, Kim is a community consultant for OHCC and HC Link.




Gillian Kranias @GillianKranias
HC Link (Health Nexus)

Gillian shares creative and practical approaches to help groups develop better plans, stronger partnerships and relevant evaluations, in order to enhance the inclusion, impacts and momentum of their collaborative efforts. Gillian has worked in neighbourhoods with a community health centre, province-wide with the Ontario Self-Help Network, and in diverse peer education and healthy community projects. Gillian holds a Master’s degree that focused on Community-based Organizing for Environmental and Social Change.




Émile Maheu @MonAssemblee
L’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario

Coming soon




Nicole Meawasige @TheOFIFC ‏
Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres 

Nicole is an Anishinawbe Kwe from Serpent River First Nation located near Elliot Lake. She was born in Toronto and raised both on and off reserve. Nicole has worked at the OFIFC since 2008 and provides training in suicide intervention, Kanawayhitowin and the Aboriginal Community Development College certificate courses offered by the OFIFC. Nicole’s education background is in Early Childhood Education and Social Service Work. During her studies, Nicole was also a strong advocate within the Aboriginal community in Toronto by assisting with community sports, events and functions.




Sara Mohammed

Sara Mohammed is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, coach and consultant, with 10 years of experience in health equity as a researcher and community developer. Her education includes a B.Sc. in Psychology (with Honours) and a Masters degree in Environmental Studies, specializing in social & environmental determinants of health and arts-based healing. As an advocate for inclusion and equity, Sara has recently worked on numerous provincially and federally-funded projects cultivating inclusive and collaborative leadership.





Anu Radha Verma @aradhaverma
Association of Ontario Health Centres

Anu Radha Verma (BA, MES) has lived and worked in both Canada and India in the areas of gender, race, sexuality, health, the environment, violence against women, (im)migration, anti-poverty and more. Among her current commitments, Anu Radha is the Inclusive Leadership Project Coordinator at the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC), the project is a collaboration of DiverseCity onBoard, the AOHC and Health Nexus.




Patricia Scott-Jeoffroy @PAD_Ontario
HC Link (Parent Action on Drugs)

Patricia’s career has spanned over 30 years in the field of addictions - as Addiction Counselor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Program Coordinator for Women’s Own Withdrawal Management Unit at Toronto Hospital, and Health Educator for the Substance Abuse Prevention Program at York Region Health Services. In 2007 she opened PSJ Consulting, which strives to provide interested individuals with a better understanding of substance use and the implications for our society. She is also a consultant with HC Link and Parent Action on Drugs.




Garret Keown

He has worked in education, youth work, community development, and youth facilitation for over 10 years. He has held positions with a number of different non-profits in the GTA, across Ontario, and around the world. His passion is working with young people, facilitating group discussions, and building community.