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The Six Elements of Successful Innovation Tele-learning Seminar

Featuring Al Etmanski & Vickie Cammack

October 28, 2008 | 12 Noon - 1:00 pm ET

Learn the secrets of successful social innovations with two of Canada's leading social innovators!

Al Etmanski has been a leading advocate for people with disabilities and their families in Canada for more than two decades. He is widely recognized as a visionary thinker in areas of social policy, community development and individualizing services for people with disabilities.
Al is an author, advocacy consultant and social inventor who specializes in finding innovative, non-governmental solutions to social problems. He was the Executive Director of the BC Association for the Mentally Retarded (now BCACL - the BC Association for Community Living) for eight years before joining with Jack Collins and Vickie Cammack to found PLAN.

Vickie Cammack is the Executive Director of the PLAN Institute and is also a co-founder of PLAN and co-author of Safe and Secure - Six Steps to Creating a Personal Future Plan for People with Disabilities. She is a recognized Canadian source of inspiration, innovative ideas and demonstrable solutions related to community, citizenship and disability. Her innovative approaches to leadership development, social network facilitation and social accounting are key ingredients in her work of taking social inventions to scale.

Join us at noon on Tuesday, October 28th, for this practical and inspiring conversation as Al and Vickie share the six elements of successful innovation. It's a conversation you won't want to miss!

For more information and to register for this seminar, please visit us

Canadian Social Forum - Calgary, AB

Canadian Social Forum 

The Canadian Council on Social Development is creating the space for 750 people from across the country to meet face-to-face and participate in a program that meets poverty head-on.

You'll hear about how poverty reduction is being accomplished in ways that are innovative, inspiring and workable. You'll have the opportunity to create new connections with people from every part of the country, help build momentum for real action, and collaborate for effective social change.

This event will connect the new wave of leaders who know that reducing poverty is the only strategy for real prosperity.

More information about the Canadian Social Forum, including the preliminary program, is available on the Forum website (

National Conference - Growing Home: Housing and Homelessness in Canada

Growing Home, the second national conference on homelessness, will be held in Calgary, Alberta from February 18 to 20, 2009. You are invited to submit a proposal and to register for this national conference, where you can engage in an exchange of promising practices from direct service. Learn about administrative and research perspectives, and policy formulation for all levels of government. Explore the development of a national coalition of homeless service constituents. Check these pages regularly for updates on our program and registration.

The deadline for abstract submissions is September 15, 2008.
Deadline for early conference registration is December 15, 2008.

Building on the momentum of the First Canadian Conference on Homelessness:
...held in 2005 at York University, Growing Home: Housing and Homelessness in Canada supports continuance of the following goals:

* Providing a venue for sharing ideas, experiences, research and practices about homelessness in Canada.
* Addressing a broad range of issues contributing to the complexity of homelessness and focus on diverse homeless sub-populations.
* Engaging all stakeholders in discussions about homelessness in order to reduce the socio-economic, sectoral, and geographical divisions that act as barriers to knowledge mobilization.

In addition, Growing Home: Housing and Homelessness in Canada has added a fourth goal:

* Developing a national coalition of persons dedicated to ending the Canadian housing crisis


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