The Toolkit Workshop Series

The Toolkit: A Skill-Sharpening Series

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In conjunction with the Community Research Unit, the U of R Career and Professional Development, and STOPS to Violence we are excited to offer the Toolkit Workshop Series for the fourth time. The series aims to teach students and community members skills that can help them with work in community based and non-profit organizations.

A series of half-day personal and professional development workshops, designed to teach students and community members skills that can help them work in non-profit and community-based organizations. Join us for one, or come for all four!

Registration for the 2017-18 Toolkit Workshop Series is NOW OPEN!

Monthly workshops resume for the 2017-18 season on September 27th. Attend one of our workshops to help gain the necessary skills to beef up your resume!

Engaging Youth: Consistently Reworking “Plan B”

WEDNESDAY, October 18th, 2017 from 8:30am to 12pm

This workshop will take place in our new location, First Nations University of Canada, FNUC 3304. The FNUC is located on the University of Regina Main Campus at the North East corner. Parking is available in lot 12M. You can find the full list of current workshops HERE.



Often, organizations have trouble learning to fully activate the diverse skill sets of today’s youth within the work that they do. This session will explore some tools in authentically engaging youth in organizing, and ways to retain their involvement in the future. Drawing from Mel and Leo’s experiences working as youth, and with youth, in a variety of organizational structures, we will collectively work to challenge our assumptions about genuine youth engagement – Let’s face it, your plan A is always consistently reworking plan B, right?

Melanie Metcalf & Leo Keiser – Mel and Leo come with a variety of different experiences working as, and with, youth. From flexible educational programming, to bustling festival environments, they’ve waded through the joys and challenges of being seen as young workers, and in turn, working alongside youth. Leo and Mel’s professional lives collided in March of 2017 through their work at the Regina Folk Festival, and they’ve been accomplices/BFFs ever since.


Upcoming workshops – November 22nd, 2017 at 6-8pm, FNUC 3304, U of R:

  • Inclusive Collaboration: Working Together Regardless of Ability w/ John Loeppky

Here are a list of the workshops we offered this past year:

  • Wed, Jan 13, 2016- Communicating Effectively Across Cultures in the Contemporary Workplace

Facilitator: Angeline Chia

  • Tues, Feb 09, 2016- Volunteer Recruitment & Retention

Facilitator: Melanie Metcalf

  • Wed, Mar 16, 2016- Liberation and Empowerment through Non-Violent Communication

Facilitator: Raven Sinclair

  • Tues, Apr 13, 2016- Creating a Communications Plan for Your Organization

Facilitator: Michelle Brownridge

  • Tues, Sept 13, 2016- Planning and Evaluating Programs: A Beginner’s Guide

Facilitator: Dan Holbrow

  • Wed, Oct 13, 2016- Grant & Proposal Writing

Facilitator: Bob Friedrich

  • Wed, Nov 14, 2016- Social Media Marketing

Facilitator: Michelle Brownridge

  • Wed, Dec 14, 2016- Fundraising for Board Members

Facilitator: Christina Attard

  • Wed, Jan 11, 2017- Start with Why

Facilitator: Kevan McBeth

  • Wed, Feb 8, 2017- Should I Start a Non-Profit?

Facilitators: Nikko Snyder & Amanda Kuckartz

  • Tues, Mar 14, 2017- Working & Learning Together Across Generations

Facilitators: Kerrie Strathy, Marj Thiessen, & Cam Fraser

For more info about the Workshop Series you can visit their website here.

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