In anticipation of our 2013 conference, Linking for Healthy Communities: Collaborating for Change, we wanted to take this time to highlight our keynote speakers – Tonya Surman, François Boileau and Mark Holland.
Don't forget, registration for the HC Link conference closes THIS FRIDAY (November 1st). Register here
TONYA SURMAN Founding Executive Director and CEO, Centre for Social Innovation
It's Up to Us: Collaboration, Social Innovation and our role as Community Animator
In her keynote address, Tonya Surman will inspire and delight as she explores how citizens are changing the world, how Community Animation is central to this work, and how, when we bring our passion and agency to the change we want to see, anything is possible.
Leveraging the power of Social Innovation, Tonya will reflect on the role of Community Animators to change the world.
Tonya Surman is a social entrepreneur, community animator and network choreographer with a passion for bringing life to world-changing projects. Tonya is the founding executive director and CEO of the Centre for Social Innovation which catalyzes and inspires social innovation in Toronto and around the world. Tonya's work fundamentally embodies collaboration, entrepreneurship and systems change. Tonya has been creating and leading social ventures since 1987, and has built her body of knowledge around multi-sectoral collaboration and entrepreneurship for social change.
FRANÇOIS BOILEAU French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario
Because Vulnerable Populations Will Never Complain
Ontario is home to many minority groups whether they are visible or not. These groups, including Francophones, must often assert themselves to claim their place in society.
Commissioner Boileau will remind us why we have to adapt our services to serve these vulnerable populations, such as children, seniors, people with mental health challenges and immigrants. He will also underline that many individuals hesitate to assert their right because they feel intimidated or worry such a request could bring about negative repercussions. For this reason we have to focus our efforts on "people that will never make a complaint because they are already in a vulnerable state of mind, so they're not confronting the administration."
In his presentation, he will also point out the first steps organizations should make in order to actively offer services to vulnerable populations and the importance of partnership and collaboration.
Mr. François Boileau is currently pursuing his third mandate as French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario. Since his appointment, Commissioner Boileau has worked to improve the quality of French-language services in Ontario in order to meet the needs of the Francophone community, ensure its full development, and preserve its culture.
MARK HOLLAND Director, Health Promotion and Public Affairs, Heart and Stroke Foundation (Ontario)
How to Empower Communities Toward Positive Change
Advocacy is a lever through which we can influence public policy as well as community and corporate behaviour. Mark will demonstrate how advocacy can influence governmental public policy and ultimately aims to promote action on legislative, regulatory, program spending and public awareness initiatives at the local, provincial and national levels. The mobilization of communities to a cause strengthens the 'ask' and the level of engagement and commitment.
Having first-hand experience as a decision-maker, an elected MP and Council member, Mark will reflect on practical and impactful approaches to gain attention and make your ask a top priority on elected officials' busy agendas.
Mark Holland is the Director, Health Promotion and Public Affairs for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ontario. He manages a portfolio which encompasses advocacy, the Health Promotion, Resuscitation, Public Affairs and Heart Health Children and Youth teams as well as community and health partnerships.
Prior to joining Foundation in 2011, Mark was the Member for Parliament for the riding of Ajax-Pickering from 2004 until May 2011. Previously, Mark served on the Durham and Pickering councils both as a Councillor and acting Mayor of Pickering.