Following the success of the Sharing Experiences workshop since its inception in 2009, local Conservation Authorities and environmental organizations are partnering to host the fifth biennial Sharing Experiences workshop. They are developing another one day workshop for members of community-based environmental groups with the intent of once again sharing ideas and experiences so that they can learn from one another and bring new and exciting projects and ideas back to their respective communities.
The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at the Puslinch Community Centre at 23 Brock Road South, Guelph, ON N1H 6H9, and will include presentations and small breakout sessions from knowledgeable and experienced members of the environmental community.
The workshop organizing committee is currently seeking input from groups and individuals in the community for topics of interest for the workshop agenda. To assist the team in developing a comprehensive workshop program please submit your topic ideas to: Jeff Stock at 905-525-2181, extension 181 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, by Monday, January 11, 2016.
As in past years, the goal is for the agenda to be designed by those planning to attend the workshop and therefore relevant to local issues and activities. Some topics from previous years have included; social marketing and communications, engaging youth, habitat rehabilitation, volunteer management, liability and insurance, partnerships, grants and funding, working with local government, and strategic planning. Ensuring that an innovative and varied set of topics are selected for this workshop is a priority.
Citizens who are interested in joining or initiating an environmental group are also invited to attend. The workshop will provide an opportunity to hear about different local groups and their activities. The goal is to link like-minded people so they can work together to effectively preserve and improve their local natural environment.
In addition, this year’s workshop will include Keynote Speaker: Gord Miller, former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, to help set the tone for the day.
The organizing team is comprised of Conservation Halton, Credit Valley Conservation, Elora Cataract Trailway Association, Friends of Mill Creek, Grand River Conservation Authority, Green Venture, Hamilton Conservation Authority, and the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club.