About the Gathering

The Gathering is an annual pay-what-you-can event where Manitoba’s community builders connect, learn, and celebrate success.

It is open to all from staff of community organizations, to students, funders, civil servants, academics, or anyone interested in community development and community economic development.

Join us on October 20, 2023 at St. John’s High School in Winnipeg!

2023 Gathering - Anchoring in Community

For 21 years, Manitoba community builders have gathered every fall to connect over a shared meal, to learn from one another’s work, and to celebrate the challenging but necessary practice of building stronger communities.

In community work, we are called to collaborate: with our colleagues, stakeholders, funders, community members, or across movements. The Gathering helps to facilitate, solidify, and forge greater collaboration between and among community builders.

It has been a privilege for us at the Canadian CED Network to host this event, and to hold the stories and history of our community sector. Thank you to every single person who has participated, volunteered, coordinated, presented, worked, sponsored, provided feedback or contributed energy to this event. It continues to exist because of you.

CCEDNet Manitoba is grateful to the leaders from our network who have devoted their time and expertise in guiding the 2023 Gathering:

  • Annetta Armstrong, Indigenous Women’s Healing Centre
  • Michelle Chudd, United Way of Winnipeg
  • Jordan Guiboche, Green Action Centre
  • Jess Klassen, Manitoba Research Alliance/Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – MB
  • Mari Kozar, Portage la Prairie Community Renewal Corporation
  • Debby McLeod, Manitoba League for Persons with Disabilities
  • Jennifer Mousseau, Ka Ni Kanichihk
  • Corinne Napper, Volunteer Manitoba
  • Laura Pelser, Fireweed Food Co-op
  • Brendan Reimer, Assiniboine Credit Union
  • Lindsay Smith, RRC Polytech
  • Hope Switzer, Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation
  • Justine Trinh, Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations

NETWORK & INFORMATION SHARING: connecting community builders to share our stories and foster partnerships

community-led learning focused on practices and strategies to build more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable communities and economies

ACTION & INNOVATION: creating a space for sharing successes, challenges, and questions for community building work

AGENDA SETTING: reinvigorating efforts for change in our communities organizations


Our vision of a future where there is “enough, for all, forever” really does mean for all. Increasing ease of access for people of every identity and ability and aligning our work with our values and vision of the future is at the heart of transforming our economy, systems, and practices. We acknowledge this is a practice we have to keep working at, so we might not get it all right, but at the Gathering, this is how we worked to support accessibility and align with our values.

  • Offering a pay-what-you-can fee so financial access is less of a concern
  • American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters during the Opening Plenary and afternoon event
  • The venue is wheelchair accessible, with an elevator and operators on site for ease of movement 
  • There is reserved seating at the front of the main gymnasium for those who experience hearing or mobility issues. Please see a staff person or volunteer to direct you. 
  • quiet room will be available for those needing a quiet place
  • The Gathering aims to be a scent-free event. Please refrain from using scented products, in recognition that some are sensitive to chemicals found in personal hygiene products and perfume
  • Offering both Gender-neutral and gendered washrooms
  • We’ve attempted to include food for a variety of dietary needs.
  • In efforts to reduce our environmental impact, all dishware and cutlery on site are compostable. Please recycle or compost your waste correctly. Please use your own mug or water bottle if possible, or reuse your compostable cups. Signs are up to direct you to the correct place to dispose your waste. 
  • Childcare is available on site (please indicate spaces needed on registration by October 6, 2023)
  • In every decision possible, we purchase and contract with local suppliers, focusing on social enterprises and cooperatives creating job opportunities for local people.

Health & Safety Information

  • Wearing a face mask that covers the nose and mouth is recommended. The event is a mask friendly space.
  • Wearing a face mask can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses, especially when physical distancing is not possible. By wearing face masks, we can protect ourselves and others by reducing the spread of droplets, even if someone has no symptoms.
  • We are asking all participants, presenters, staff and volunteers to attend the Gathering only if they are feeling healthy.
  • There will be capacity limits for the overall conference and class room presentations.
  • Lunch will be served in individual serving sizes prepared in advance. Participants have the option to eat outside if the weather permits.
  • Sanitizer will be available throughout the Gathering venue.

If there is a barrier preventing you from fully joining the Gathering, we want to help!

Additional accessibility accommodations are available by advance request by contacting Genevieve Dack-Tittley at by October 6, 2023.