Past Workshops

Fundraising: The Art of Major Gifts

Lead by Broek Bosma, Chief Development Officer, St. Paul’s Foundation

How do you close a major gift, as low as $25,000 or as much as $5,000,000? What’s the process? What’s the conversation that needs to take place? How do you work with the different individuals, foundations, or corporations to approach and talk about major gifts? These are the questions we’ll address during our me together in what will be an interactive session designed to bring in your own fundraising challenges.

About Broek

Chief Development Officer at St. Paul’s Foundation and is leading the fundraising for the organization as it plans a $1.2 billion development in Vancouver. Broek began his professional career as a musician studying at UBC and then at the Hochschule fur Musik in Zurich. Broek worked professionally as a choral and orchestral conductor before completing an MBA at UNBC in his hometown of Prince George. As a non-profit administrator and fundraising Broek has worked in the arts, education and in healthcare. He worked in Toronto as a Senior Campaign Director for Sunnybrook Health Sciences and most recently as Associate Vice President of External Relations at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

The Science of Visual Communications

Lead by Scott Miller, Resource Media

The opportunity for telling good stories continues to evolve and expand all around us. Yet while there have been great advances over the years in testing and crafting messages, far less attention has been paid to the science of visual communications. Join this workshop to learn more about the impact pictures have on our brains and how we can make those pathways work in support of social change. This workshop will also cover the science and the strategy of collecting and selecting images to support your cause.

About Scott

Scott Miller is President of Resource Media, a nonprofit communications firm that works solely in support of social change. With its roots in environmental advocacy, Resource Media now works across a broader landscape; breaking down issue silos and trying to foster non-transactional relationships in order to build momentum for change. Prior to joining Resource Media, Scott was also a foundation senior program officer and a TV reporter covering the environment.

Scott Miller is President of Resource Media, a nonprofit communications firm that works solely in support of social change. With its roots in environmental advocacy, Resource Media now works across a broader landscape; breaking down issue silos and trying to foster non-transactional relationships in order to build momentum for change. Prior to joining Resource Media, Scott was also a foundation senior program officer and a TV reporter covering the environment.

Multi -generational Trauma & Self-Compassion Part I

Lead by Swarn Leung, Registered Clinical Counsellor

Learn how our bodies and brains hold patterns of trauma from our ancestors. Explore a simple practice to help lift the burdens of the past.

About Swarn

Scott Miller is President of Resource Media, a nonprofit communications firm that works solely in support of social change. With its roots in environmental advocacy, Resource Media now works across a broader landscape; breaking down issue silos and trying to foster non-transactional relationships in order to build momentum for change. Prior to joining Resource Media, Scott was also a foundation senior program officer and a TV reporter covering the environment.

My name is Swarn Leung and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice on Vancouver Island, where I help people heal from trauma, abuse, neglect, and \”general colonialism disorder.\” My work focuses on reclaiming our right to be in our bodies and on the land, connected to one another, the Earth, and the more-than-human world. This will be my third SCI and I\u2019m looking forward to seeing old friends, making new friends, and getting all inspired and fired up! Fun fact: I live in a tiny house in the Cowichan Valley.

Swarn Leung is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice on Vancouver Island, supporting people healing from trauma, abuse, neglect, and “general colonialism disorder.” Her work focuses on reclaiming our right to be in our bodies and on the land, connected to one another, the Earth, and the more-than-human world.

Strategic Planning for the Nimble Organiztion

Lead by Mike Rowlands, Junxion Strategy

In the face of complex and dynamic social and environmental challenges, traditional strategy approaches no longer work. Today, strategy and implementation are linked: effective plans are no longer artifacts relegated to dusty hard drives. They’re living documents that are grounded in values, empower leaders and foster ongoing growth and development. So how do you build an effective strategy? And how do you translate ideas to impact? In this session Mike will share insights into Junxion’s Turning Point™ approach, which blends Agile methodologies, Appreciative Inquiry, stakeholder engagement and systems thinking in an integrated model that’s easy to implement.

About Mike

Scott Miller is President of Resource Media, a nonprofit communications firm that works solely in support of social change. With its roots in environmental advocacy, Resource Media now works across a broader landscape; breaking down issue silos and trying to foster non-transactional relationships in order to build momentum for change. Prior to joining Resource Media, Scott was also a foundation senior program officer and a TV reporter covering the environment.

Mike is President & CEO at Junxion Strategy, an international consultancy that supports the development and growth of leading, socially responsible brands. Their clients range from major international companies such as adidas and Heathrow Airport, to groups like 1% for the Planet that are accelerating the movement toward socially responsible business, and countless entrepreneur-led social ventures and non-profts. Mike sits on the Board of Directors of Hollyhock and is Executive Producer of the annual Social Venture Institute. He is an Ambassador for Social Venture Network, a community of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs that work together to create transformational innovation, growth and impact. Mike is also Entrepreneur-in-Residence at RADIUS Ventures, an impact venture accelerator and incubator at the Beedie Graduate School of Business at Simon Fraser University. He sits on the Advisory Council to the Faculty of Management at Royal Roads University and is a B Corp Ambassador.

Advocacy & Organizing Part 1

Lead by Ajay Puri

When do the social change movements we operate in require the drive and energy of a revolution and when do they require a slower pace of evolution? Join change agent Ajay Puri in this two-part workshop series on advocacy and network building. This first workshop will focus on practical insight and take-aways for organizations.

About Ajay

Scott Miller is President of Resource Media, a nonprofit communications firm that works solely in support of social change. With its roots in environmental advocacy, Resource Media now works across a broader landscape; breaking down issue silos and trying to foster non-transactional relationships in order to build momentum for change. Prior to joining Resource Media, Scott was also a foundation senior program officer and a TV reporter covering the environment.

Ajay is a speaker, facilitator and social movement builder. He has 15 years experience in empowering communities and creating social change in the non-profit, academic, government and social innovation sectors. Most recently, he led the digital media and engagement team for the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council. He has also co-founded many movement based organizations including: Changemakers Vancouver, #EastVanLove, Bee Vancity, and RangiChangi Roots. He currently sits on the Leadership Council of the David Suzuki Foundation and the Advisory Board of the Web of Change and Social Change Institute at the Hollyhock Leadership Institute. He also teaches / mentors at SFU RADIUS Ventures and Groundswell Social Ventures.\n\nAjay holds his Masters of Health Administration from UBC and has published five peer-reviewed articles on health research. He has spoken to over 100 audiences nationally and internationally on topics ranging from leadership, digital media, social movements, healthcare transformation and innovation.

Ajay is a speaker, facilitator and social movement builder. He has 15 years experience in empowering communities and creating social change in the non-profit, academic, government and social innovation sectors. Most recently, he led the digital media and engagement team for the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council. He has also co-founded many movement based organizations including: Changemakers Vancouver, #EastVanLove, Bee Vancity, and RangiChangi Roots. He currently sits on the Leadership Council of the David Suzuki Foundation and the Advisory Board of the Web of Change and Social Change Institute at the Hollyhock Leadership Institute. He also teaches / mentors at SFU RADIUS Ventures and Groundswell Social Ventures. Ajay holds his Masters of Health Administration from UBC and has published five peer-reviewed articles on health research. He has spoken to over 100 audiences nationally and internationally on topics ranging from leadership, digital media, social movements, healthcare transformation and innovation.

Communication Roundtable

Lead by Josh Stuart, cStreet Campaigns

Bring your most pressing digital challenges and communications questions to Josh Stuart, founder of cStreet Campaigns. Josh will facilitate an open conversation drawing upon the examples you present and arm you with the questions you should be asking yourself about your digital organizing presence.

About Josh

Scott Miller is President of Resource Media, a nonprofit communications firm that works solely in support of social change. With its roots in environmental advocacy, Resource Media now works across a broader landscape; breaking down issue silos and trying to foster non-transactional relationships in order to build momentum for change. Prior to joining Resource Media, Scott was also a foundation senior program officer and a TV reporter covering the environment.

Josh Stuart, the President of cStreet Campaigns, a digital campaigns firm with clients around the world. I specialize in helping our clients use the organizing platform NationBuilder to help NGOs, labour unions, and political campaigns revamp and recharge their digital strategy. This year is a transitional year for my agency and I\u2019m excited to bring the challenges and successes of growing a creative social change agency to the Social Change Institute. Since co-founding cStreet in 2012 Josh has worked with 50+ organizations around the world including Rainforest Action Network, The United Nations Association of the United States, SEIU Healthcare, United Voice and Unifor.

Josh Stuart, President of cStreet Campaigns, a digital campaigns firm with clients around the world. We specialize in helping our clients use the organizing platform NationBuilder to help NGOs, labour unions, and political campaigns revamp and recharge their digital strategy. Since co-founding cStreet in 2012 Josh has worked with 50+ organizations around the world including Rainforest Action Network, The United Nations Association of the United States, SEIU Healthcare, United Voice and Unifor.

Making the Case for A ordable Childcare: Building a Movement

Facilitated by Theo Lamb, Cicada Community Consulting
Panelists Iglika Ivanova & Sharon Gregson

Join us for a robust discussion on the growing movement around BC’s childcare crisis and what you as social change agents can do to activate this issue across sectors in the coming year. Iglika Ivanova of the CCPA will share research and ideas on how to amplify the call for affordable childcare in the current political environment. Sharon Gregson, spokesperson for the $10aDay Child Care Plan, will share her insight and advice on the momentum required to build this movement.

About Iglika & Sharon

Scott Miller is President of Resource Media, a nonprofit communications firm that works solely in support of social change. With its roots in environmental advocacy, Resource Media now works across a broader landscape; breaking down issue silos and trying to foster non-transactional relationships in order to build momentum for change. Prior to joining Resource Media, Scott was also a foundation senior program officer and a TV reporter covering the environment.

am a Senior Economist and Public Interest Researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in Vancouver. In this role, I get to do frequent media commentary on social and economic policy issues, and blog on PolicyNote.ca. I am particularly interested in the potential for public policy to shape a more just and sustainable economic future for all. I see my research work as a starting point to engage and empower more people to drive progressive social change in our province. I look forward to the transformative conversations we\u2019re going to have at SCI.

economic policy issues, and blog on PolicyNote.ca. She is particularly interested in the potential for public policy to shape a more just and sustainable economic future for all.

haron Gregson is passionate about the rights of women to access affordable childcare services, the rights of children to high quality early years experiences, and the rights of early childhood educators to be well-paid for the important work they do.\nShe works with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates travelling the province presenting the $10aDay Child Care Plan as the solution to BC\u2019s childcare crisis. She runs 14 childcare programs in East Vancouver, and is regularly asked to speak on childcare issues.\nSharon was elected twice to the Vancouver School Board, she\u2019s tattooed, rides a Harley Davidson, has her student pilot license, is a feminist, a sharpshooter, and the mother of four very cool people. She\u2019s at SCI because as Frank Zappa said \u2013 \u201cIf you want something different you have to do something differently\u201d.

Sharon is passionate about the rights of women to access affordable childcare services, the rights of children to high quality early years experiences, and the rights of early childhood educators to be well-paid for the important work they do. She works with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates travelling the province presenting the $10aDay Child Care Plan as the solution to BC’s childcare crisis. She runs 14 childcare programs in East Vancouver, and is regularly asked to speak on childcare issues.

Race Realities & the Progressive Left

Facilitated by Jorge Salazar, Fresh Voices, Vancouver Foundation

Are “progressive institutions” including people from diverse cultural and lived backgrounds and actively engaging racialized and marginalized communities? This will be a conversation about some of the challenges people from diverse backgrounds face while trying to navigate systems of allies, supportive organizations and people with good intentions. You will hear stories from people who struggle to have their privileges and power checked, while at the same time are trying to transform the very systems that exclude members of our society.

About Jorge

Jorge has been supporting connections between young people from diverse communities in BC, Canada and the Americas for more than 15 years. He has worked with Immigrant Services Society of BC, The International Institute for Child Rights and Development – University of Victoria, The City of Vancouver, the Ecumenical Task Force for Justice in the Americas and PeerNet BC. Most of the projects he is involved with are about opening spaces for inclusive facilitation, and youth and community empowerment within an anti-oppression framework.

Neuroscience & Nap Part ll

Lead by Swarn Leung, Registered Clinical Counsellor

Get a crash course in your own nervous system. Learn how to recognize states of dysregulation and optimal arousal, and be guided in a soothing, restorative rest.

About Swarn

Swarn Leung is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice on Vancouver Island, supporting people healing from trauma, abuse, neglect, and “general colonialism disorder.” Her work focuses on reclaiming our right to be in our bodies and on the land, connected to one another, the Earth, and the more-than-human world.

Advocacy & Organizing Part ll

Lead by Ajay Puri

When do the social change movements we operate in require the drive and energy of a revolution and when do they require a slower pace of evolution? Join change agent Ajay Puri in this two-part workshop series on advocacy and network building. This second workshop will be an open conversation about you and the specific work involved in caring for your organizer self.

About Ajay

Ajay is a speaker, facilitator and social movement builder. He has 15 years experience in empowering communities and creating social change in the non-profit, academic, government and social innovation sectors. Most recently, he led the digital media and engagement team for the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council. He has also co-founded many movement based organizations including: Changemakers Vancouver, #EastVanLove, Bee Vancity, and RangiChangi Roots. He currently sits on the Leadership Council of the David Suzuki Foundation and the Advisory Board of the Web of Change and Social Change Institute at the Hollyhock Leadership Institute. He also teaches / mentors at SFU RADIUS Ventures and Groundswell Social Ventures. Ajay holds his Masters of Health Administration from UBC and has published five peer-reviewed articles on health research. He has spoken to over 100 audiences nationally and internationally on topics ranging from leadership, digital media, social movements, healthcare transformation and innovation.

#Winning in the New Era

As the Harper era drifts into history, Canada’s changing leadership landscape challenges social change leaders from across the country to adapt. What cultural shifts and tactical changes do change agents have to make? What does winning look like in the Trudeau era? What are the potential implications of the Presidential election in the United States and what will outcomes mean for common social change agendas in Canada and the United States, such as climate change? Join our panel of politically-minded leaders for a robust exploration of these questions.