TWO Great Events

Breakfast – Friday, March 7, 2014 (see below) and
The Bridge Walk – Saturday, March 8, 2014 (STILL OPENINGS
for The Bridge Walk event)




call our office 519-376-0755 ext. 103 – in case we receive any cancellations

Speaking Engagement: The Difference YOU Make

We are honoured to announce and host in celebration of International Women’s Day a speaking engagement with Joan Riggs on “The Difference YOU Make!” Joan is an international speaker on Social Transformation and Women of Influence.

This keynote address will enhance all of our views on “the Difference WE can make“. All of our actions can lead us to be part of a social transformation of the world we want to leave to future generations.

Doors Open:           7:30 am
Breakfast:               8:00 am
Where:                    Best Western, 1800 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound, ON
Cost:                       $15.00 or $5.00 Student/Youth Rate (payment to be received at the door)
Register:                 see pre-registration below; or call 519-376-0755 ext. 103
Questions??:         email


About Joan Riggs:

Joan Riggs is a founding partner of Catalyst Research and Communications. For over 25 years she has worked with the non-profit sector and all levels of government, to support their work in policy development, strategic planning, organizational development, evaluation, value-based leadership, board, staff and management development, and coaching. She has also developed strategic policy documents in some sectors.  In Catalyst, she has worked clients that has included various departments of the Government of Canada, different provincial ministries throughout Canada, the City of Ottawa, National, Provincial and local Aboriginal organizations, settlement organizations, First Nations communities, unions, and non-profit groups from the community to the international level.  Joan is a skilled lead facilitator and has facilitated many national, regional, provincial and organizational meetings. Joan was a facilitator for six of the seven Canada-Aboriginal Roundtables, the Inuit Roundtable on the Environment and the National Aboriginal Women’s Summit. She has been the Lead Facilitator for the four Ontario Summits to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women.

She has worked extensively with urban Aboriginal organizations, including the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health in Ottawa, the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition, the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres, the Métis Nation of Ontario and the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre.

Other projects include:

  • Inuit Tapiriisat Kanatami, Alianait Mental Wellness Working Group
  • Sexual Violence in Aboriginal Communities Consultation, (Métis Nation of Ontario, OFIFC, Ontario Native Women’s Association on Ontario and Independent First Nations
  • Ontario Minister’s Council on Domestic Violence– Facilitated and wrote “Transforming our Communities
  • Aboriginal Health  Summit – Winnipeg, Facilitator in the Inuit Room
  • Inuit Health Summit – Lead Facilitator

Joan is also a writer and has recently completed the OACAS Practice Guide for Child Welfare workers working with First Nation, Inuit and Métis families that are experiencing family violence.

Joan teaches for Ryerson University and First Nations Technical Institutes and has taught for Carleton and First Nations University. She teaches for the Aboriginal BSW program that is delivered in or close to First Nation communities and primarily teaches: Political Economy of Social Work and Social Administration and Policy.