Training for Non-Profits
Education and training are vital to the well being of any organization And in today’s fast changing charitable sector this is even more true.
Join us for an education series, or a class. Not only will the information be sure to wow you, the opportunity to network with other professionals will create even more value.
Activating Your BOD
Risk Taking and Innovation, Keys to Bigger Ideas, Actions and Great Work Through Change
Instructor: Lynn Oucharek
In this session, we will cover a full set of tools with experience based exercises and interactive opportunities, we’ll discuss applications for yourself and others you want to build collaborative partnerships with. We’ll discover both mind sets and skill sets that drive better solutions and allow us to become more confident empowered problem solvers and idea makers. Using tools from top creative and design thinkers you’ll come away with a set of practical elements to build your risk taking and innovation muscles, so you can contribute more ideas in the projects and areas you are most passionate about.
The sheer volume of shifts and changes facing us and our organizations requires that we are able to come up with bigger and better ideas with the resources we already have, it’s adopting a MacGyver mindset to achieve our best solutions. We’ll discuss the myths around creativity/innovation and how it is a practice not magic.
Vision Development: Leaning into the future
Creating your vivid picture based on a 2-3 year view
Instructor: Lynn Oucharek
A key component of determining where you’ll end up is creating a brilliant visual with details of what things need to look like down the road. Without a clear vision, organizations and individuals can struggle to determine how best to put their strengths in play and move ideas and goals into reality. This process engages group members in a fun and innovative way that ensures success on various levels by allowing you to create the vivid details around what your ultimate future will look like.
Fundraising Basics Series
Instructor: Karen Young
In this series of ten – one hour sessions you will learn to set the stage for your fundraising efforts, and integrate your fundraising for maximum success. Suitable for those starting out, or those who wish to diversify their fundraising efforts. We cover:
- Setting the Stage: Preparation
- Creating your Case for Support
- Grant Writing
- Passive fundraising
- Volunteers and fundraising
- Public Relations and Building Brand
- Social Enterprise
- Technology and Systems
From Passion to Proof Seminar:
the Power of Program Evaluation
Instructor: Colette Squires
Funders, stakeholders, and government need assurance that not-for-profit and charitable programs really deliver. Join us for an interactive workshop that will help you design your programs to be evidence-based, with built-in tools for ongoing program evaluation. Discover how you can translate your values and passion into measurable results!
That’s the official stuff.
Behind the scenes, the story underlying this love of creativity, innovation and change started much earlier. From the time I was 10, connecting people with their strengths, developing interesting collaborations and outcomes was my focus. You never knew what kids, projects or impromptu lemonade-fort-building startups would end up at my house. Just ask my parents.
By the time I was 16, I had been introduced to everything from Creative Visualization to Think and Grow Rich, there was no turning back.
While managing my first corporate change initiative and coaching young creative talent in the ad. industry I had an experience with a division head that altered the way I looked at human potential and what we accomplish as individuals and in groups. When the director told me it was sad that I wasn’t creative, meaning a writer/art director/designer/artist, like many others in the organization, it started me on a path to prove that everyone has the potential to leverage their strengths and become curious, engaged, thinkers and doers. I had the opportunity to guide people in building lives they love while assisting organizations in reaching their goals through transformations.
I help all types of companies and individuals become enagaged and energized in order to achieve fantastic things, including connecting the dots between global changes in education and future paths with young people to forge new learning and career building environments. My goal is to help individuals get “unstuck” and match strengths to skills building in order to do the great things they were meant to do.
M.A. in Criminal Justice
Certificate in Conflict Resolution specializing in Mediation and Third Party Interventions (Justice Institute of BC)
Certificate in Leadership and Conflict Resolution (Justice Institute of BC)
Conflict Coaching (Justice Institute of BC)
Victim Offender Mediation (Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives)
Real Justice and Community Justice Forums (RCMP)
Grief and Loss (Center for Loss and Life Transition, Colorado)
An experienced practitioner, instructor, public speaker, writer, and researcher, Colette’s work is diverse. She is a faculty member at the Center for Conflict Resolution at the Justice Institute of BC, and a researcher at the University of the Fraser Valley Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice. She is a member of Family Mediation Canada.
In a former role as the Executive Director of Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association, Colette led the organization from its infancy in 2003 to a thriving organization – designing and delivering Victim Offender Mediation services for police and adult crown referrals, school-based initiatives in Restorative Action, and an innovative mentoring program for at-risk youth.
Colette and her team now work with other organizations, providing training, mediation services, and program design and evaluation measures, building healthy communication and organizational practices.
Colette is the author of From Passion to Proof: the Power of Program Evaluation as well as a variety of training manuals and scholarly papers.
A seasoned teacher of both adults and youth, Colette has extensive experience facilitating groups and has assisted with the development of a variety of new projects and initiatives for community groups in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.
Previous and current clients include:
BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Victim Services and Crime Prevention Division
BC Ministry of Child and Family Development
Abbotsford Community Services
The Abbotsford and Mission Child and Youth Committees
M2/W2 Association: Restorative Christian Ministries
The Spirit Bear Center Society
Trinity Western University: ACTS Seminary Counselling Program
West Abbotsford Community School
Not limited to the Boardroom or to the classroom, in 2008, Karen shifted focus, applying her broad experience in non-profit management and fundraising, to the alleviation of poverty in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, in the role of Director of Resource Development. She has built relationships in various sectors and communities around the region, participating in all aspects of fund development, volunteer management, and social enterprise creation.
Her volunteer and Board experience includes former President of the local Symphony, appointee to the BC Arts Council (2007 – 2012), a capital campaign Executive for a hospital Foundation, and executive committee member for a past Summer Games. Her grounding in the functioning of Boards of Directors began with a five year volunteer stint training Boards for the United Way. In addition, Karen is former President of the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce and current Governor.
She is a trainer, and an author of “The Fundraising Primer”, “101 Fundraising Ideas”, and “The Fundraising Handbook for Interns” as well as other personal development books. She has online courses published including “Grant Writing for Beginners: 7 simple steps”; “Managing Volunteers in a Challenging Environment”; “Create a Profitable Fundraising Event”; with soon-to-be-published “The Art of the Fundraising Ask: a beginners guide”, and “Social Enterprise Made Easy”.
A well prepared course by an instructor who knows her subject. The 7 steps gave me the the plan of action to know what to do. I highly recommend this course and will gladly attend any other courses by Karen Young. P.S. I didn’t know grant writing can be such an interesting topic.
I found this course to be very good. I have been to a grant writing school for a week and I must say that if I had access to this course, there would not been a need for me to go to the school. I learned much more from this course in a couple of hours than I learned in a week. Karen is a wonderful and skilled presenter and teacher. I highly recommend this course to everyone that is interested in learning about grant writing.