Regional Gatherings

HC Link worked with local community organizations and groups to plan and co-host regional gatherings across the province that met the needs of the region’s communities. While these unique events differed in their format and topic, all took a Healthy Communities perspective, facilitated local connections and provided an interactive opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange.

HC Link provided resources and staff support to collaboratively plan and deliver these regional events. In addition, our consultants offered their specific areas of expertise related to the event program.

Having worked with the local planning committee, we facilitated relationship-building and the development of cross-sectoral and diverse community partnerships, provided opportunities to engage stakeholders across the region and create a community-building event.

HC Link’s 2016-2017 Regional Gatherings included events in:
•Ottawa –on inclusive and equitable partnerships within the Francophone community in the Central-East region of Ontario (in French only).
•Timiskaming – on intersectoral collaboration and partnerships to build a common vision for all communities across the district of Timiskaming.
•Thunder Bay - an exploration of relationships through storytelling and art making.

2016-2017 Past Regional Gatherings

January 2017

Changing Our Destiny: Building a vision for all of our communities


See flyer (PDF)

The purpose of this event was to:

  • define and prioritize Timiskaming community members’ needs and interests to inform next steps for collaboration in the community
  • strengthen Timiskaming community members’ capacity to collaborate and work collectively in a Good Way
  • identify next steps by exploring how community hubs are a possible solution to make life easier for people and sustain services in Timiskaming

Event Resources


hclinkopeningWorking Together for Change through Partnership Development (and other slides from the day)




KarenPitreCommunity Hubs : Building a Vision for All of Our Communities - Karen Pitre



NorthernPolicyInsituteService Hubs - a made for the North solution? - Northern Policy Institute



Watch the presentation here, thanks to the Northern Policy Institute:

For Part 2 of the presentation, as well as other videos on the Panel Discussion, go to the Northern Policy Institute link here:


5 7Vers une pratique collaborative entre le Réseau et ses partenaires


 Thank you to our event partners and sponsors!



November 2016

Rassemblement régional dans l'Est de l'Ontario : Vers la mise en œuvre effective de partenariats équitables et inclusifs (Event held in French only)



2014-2015 Regional Gatherings

February 2015

Planting the Seeds: Food Security and Food System Development in Kenora

In February 2015 Seeds for Change and HC Link hosted a Food Symposium is to develop a common understanding and build a foundation of food security in the region by learning, sharing and planning together.

Participants heard from a variety of speakers covering topics including food security, community initiatives, food networks, and economic impacts of local food networks. In a community planning session, they explored what their community needs to be more food secure in different settings (school, community, workplace, city, business).

December 2014

Timiskaming Northern Forums - Activating Community Change: Building Healthy Communities Together

In December 2014, HC Link and Timiskaming Health Unit hosted Timiskaming Northern Forums in New Liskeard and Kirkland Lake. The goal of the Activating Community Change workshop was to increase the motivation, knowledge and skills for conducting advocacy for Healthy Communities in Timiskaming. Guest speakers were from HC Link, Haliburton Communities in Action Committee and other Northern municipal and business leaders. The workshop brought together community partners, public health staff, health promotion and recreation professionals, municipal staff, elected officials, and decision-makers.

Topics included local issues and solutions around advocacy and tools to assist participants with their Healthy Communities advocacy work. The forum included sessions on advocacy in rural areas and stories from the field highlighting how and why advocacy approaches, strategies, techniques and skills have worked to build healthy communities across the north and how these can be applied in the Timiskaming and New Liskeard regions.

October 2014

Sioux Lookout Regional Gathering - Developmental Assets

In October, the Sioux Lookout Healthy Community Task Force, in partnership with HC Link, hosted a workshop on Developmental Assets, the building blocks for raising healthy children and youth. The more assets young people have, the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviours and the more likely they are to thrive.

The Developmental Assets Workshop provided participants with the tools to become an asset builder in the lives of young people. This workshop was open to everyone in the community.

The workshop presenter was Patricia Howell-Blackmore, Director of Communications and Programs from Lion's Quest Canada: The Centre for Positive Youth Development.

April 2014

In April 2014, HC Link hosted three French-language gatherings in the communities of Longlac, Geraldton and Thunder Bay in collaboration with a number of francophone organizations and networks.


2012-2013 Regional Gatherings


April 2013

Francophone Provincial Forum - Building inspiring partnerships for the well-being of the francophone community 

This event is aimed at service providers working in health, social services, community development, immigration and learn about partnerships and collaborations in two languages! Participants learned about new regulations on French Language Services for Third party agencies; explored ways to partner with Francophone communities across Ontarioo; heard first-person stories from francophone service providers and leaders working on the ground; and expanded your own networks with French and English speaking organizations.

March 2013

Central East Gathering: Community Connections Count! Working Together on Social Determinants of Health and Well-being

This forum brought together health and social service providers in the Muskoka, Simcoe, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough regions. Find out about the importance of social determinants of health and well-being and explore ways to foster community connections and social cohesion—critical elements for the health of our communities.

Keynote: Community Connections Count! (Dr. Pellizzari)
Community Food Security (Dr. Pellizzari)
Addressing the SDOH in Simcoe Muskoka (Dr. Lisa Simon)
Working Together on the SDOH and Well-being (Mary-Lou Mills)
High-Risk Older Aduts: Hoarding, Self-Neglect, and Coordinated Community Response (Melinda Wall)
The Stress Connection & The Gender Factor (Suzanne Witt-Foley)Pt 2Pt 3
World Café (Descriptions of Sessions)
News Articles
Link to photos of the day

South West Gathering: Food System Sustainability – Addressing Local Barriers to Success

This gathering brought together people from diverse sectors to identify and address current challenges to supporting a local, sustainable food system.

November 2012

Northeast Region Forum: Strengthening Collaborative Relationships: Building Healthy Communities Together Agenda | Recordings

There are many people involved in building healthy communities. This one day regional forum will bring together those people: community partners, public health staff, health promotion and recreation professionals, municipal staff, elected officials, and decision-makers to explore ways to work together to build healthy communities. The forum will include sessions on how these various partners can work together and frame the issues they are working on in a way that aligns with the work of municipalities. Co-hosted by HC Link and the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, the forum will feature Paul Young from HC Link and also profile community examples and stories from across the Northeast region of the province.

East Region Gathering: From Knowledge to Action: Moving Forward on the Social Determinants of Health  Agenda Social Determinants of Health | Community Food Security/Systems (Part 2) (Part 3) | Housing/Homelessness (Part 2) (Part Three)

All are welcome to attend this gathering to exchange ideas and knowledge on ways of addressing the social determinants of health using integrated approaches. Keynote speakers and panelists will showcase best (better/promising) practices and participants from diverse sectors will interact with each other on how we can move forward along the continuum of knowledge  to action.