SW Ontario Forum on Collaborative Leadership in Practice

The SW Ontario Forum on Collaborative Leadership in Practice was held Wednesday November 16, 2016 in Brantford, Ontario.

37 people attended this regional gathering to create a community of social change focused on:

  • Transforming partnerships using principles of equity
  • Sharing power, resources and leadership
  • Talking about equity and anti-oppression
  • Exchanging stories

The forum was co-created and co-facilitated by the following local and provincial organizations (as well as community volunteers): Grand River Community Health Centre, Brant Community Health Unit, Brantford Native Housing, Laurier University, Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington, Brant Family and Children’s Services, Health Nexus and Ontario Public Health Association.  See the Forum Agenda here.

Forum Highlights and related online resources:

  • Six members of the Lawrence Heights Inter-Organizational Network shared dynamic stories, mostly resident perspectives, covering the network’s eleven year history of agencies and residents working together. View their presentation slides here: A Road Less Travelled.
  • Lauren Burrows of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Diversity and Equity Office adapted her “Critical Allyship” workshop for the forum, with a focus on examples from community partnership contexts. After the Forum, on February 2, 2017, this same workshop was offered in an online webinar format. A recording of this webinar workshop Becoming an Ally in Partnerships: From Intent, to Reflection & Action will be posted to this website in mid-February. You can also consult the PowerPoint slide deck from the presentation.
  • Lana Brasher of Brantford Native Housing and JoAnne Dubois of Grand River Community Health Centre shared Holistic tools and reflections on incorporating equity and relation building into practice.
  • At the end of the day, participants collaborated to develop draft materials for a document of Principles of Collaborative Leadership. The draft is being edited by the Forum planning group members and will published shortly as one of the CLiP project tools.

Thank you to everyone who was involved in making the Forum a rich day of learning and networking. Feedback from participants confirmed it was a tremendous success!


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