Workshop & Event Facilitation

Facilitating the founding meeting of the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (photo credit: Daily Xtra)

I am a skilled facilitator, with an ability to lead complex multi-stakeholder events, meetings and processes. Recently, I have facilitated the founding meetings of the global PKU association (July 2017) and the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (November 2016), as well as the Drug Pricing Policy Summit (November 2016 and 2017), a patient education event co-hosted by the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network, the Ontario Schizophrenia Society and the Save your Skin Foundation.

As a part-time instructor at the University of Calgary and the University of Ottawa, and as a community educator, I have developed and delivered over 200 classes and workshops. I have worked with women’s groups, youth groups, patient groups, frontline service providers, students and researchers to offer engaging learning activities on a range of topics, from participatory evaluation to communicating more effectively with your health-care providers.

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Hosting a workshop on group facilitation skills with the Francophone community in Ontario, 2015

In 2015, I redesigned and offered a two-day workshop on group facilitation skills to community-based organizations in Montreal and Francophone groups in Ontario. Through group-building activities and games, participants worked to identify and share best practices in support group facilitation and educational workshop delivery. I enjoy exploring innovative and arts-based approaches to event and group facilitation.

I have facilitated the work of regional and national committees using online platforms, teleconferences and in-person meetings. In 2014, I collaborated with a colleague to develop a series of webinars on parenting for people who are living with HIV. Click here to access the webinar recordings.

I have coordinated over 40 national, regional and local events where my responsibilities included identifying and building partnerships with key stakeholders; facilitating the work of planning committees; developing funding proposals; liaising with participants, speakers, volunteers and funders; and overseeing communications and event logistics. Click here to see a list of events that I have organized.