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Being An Effective Advocate: Part I

Banff YWCA

Banff, AB

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”  - Martin Luther King

Advocating is the fine art of navigating and finding spaces in systems of power, asserting oneself with respect, and strategically collaborating for change. Advocates are often the ones giving voice to the voiceless. Effective advocacy brings positive change into families, communities, and the world.

This is a workshop for advocates of all kinds: caregivers for the elderly or ill, parents with children with unique needs, representatives of organizations, board members, spokespeople, social change activists.

Part I focuses on foundational strategies and skills – how to:

  • identify your sources of power and choice

  • represent your values and interests in a way that will be heard

  • negotiate and look for common ground with those who seem to stand in your way

Part II will be in the fall of 2017. It will focus on how advocates can take care of themselves, and continually find energy for their work and passion.

Depending on interest, we also hope to have a June “check-in” with participants.

Facilitator: Mitch Miyagawa

Mitch Miyagawa has advocated for change, through his work in diversity and nonviolence, for the past 10 years. He is a Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication (NVC). For this workshop, he'll draw from NVC principles, as well as the Justice Institute of BC's Interest-Based Conflict Resolution model. He is also a documentary filmmaker, and won the 2013 WGC Screenwriting Award for his film, A Sorry State, about government apologies. /

Supporting Facilitator: Sandy Penrose

$175 Early-bird (on or before Feb 1)

$195  regular (after Feb 1)

Register HERE