CCRDA Fall Workshops 2021 has ended
Based on member feedback, this year’s Fall Workshops are focused on very practical learning opportunities, with our time book-ended by space for inspiration and spiritual formation.

We are excited to be featuring Cheryl Bear and Sara Williamson-Bynoe for our opening and closing plenary sessions focused on spiritual formation. We are also happy to highlight some of the amazing expertise from right within our own Preferred Partner Network. There are a great variety of topics to be explored and something for almost everybody to join in learning. And because they are Preferred Partners, you know it’s going to be good!

Glad to have you join us as we learn together!

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Monday, September 20

11:00am EDT

Welcome, Opening Remarks, & Spiritual Formation Session with Cheryl Bear
The CCRDA is committed to spiritual formation because we believe the church and the world are better served by people who have a receptive heart and are faithfully responding to the Spirit’s working in their lives.

Educating the mind and sharpening our skills are not enough. As embodied persons with a mind, will, personality and emotions, God wants to transform ALL of who we are as part of the restoration of all things.

Join us for this opening session for a welcome from the CCRDA and time with Cheryl Bear. Cheryl will share some of the old names and stories of the Creator from Indigenous Elders that have been formational in her life and faith.

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Cheryl Bear

Cheryl Bear, from Nadleh Whut’en First Nation, is well known as an important and respected voice on behalf of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, a speaker and teacher who has traveled to over 600 Indigenous communities in Canada and the United States sharing her songs and stories. She... Read More →

Monday September 20, 2021 11:00am - 12:15pm EDT

12:30pm EDT

Audits! Removing the fear and complexity
Through an interactive and conversational approach, we will work together to remove the fear and complexity of audits.

Addressing questions and topics such as:
  • What is an audit?
  • Do we need to have one?
  • Why would we want one?
  • How should I go about finding an auditor?
  • How should I prepare for the audit?
  • What should I expect during the audit?
  • What should I expect after the audit?
  • How can I get the most value out of the audit?
  • How can I use the audited financial statements in a way that will benefit my charity?
While this topic may seem dry and unexciting to some, the speaker promises to keep the content moving and has a personal goal of 0% of participants falling asleep during the workshop! In fact, the presenter has received participant feedback in the past that topics that they expected to be boring were actually FUN!

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Curtis Towns

Head of Accreditation, Canadian Centre for Christian Charities
Curtis provides oversight to CCCC’s Accreditation program and Pension Plan. He considers it a joy to support ministries and helps charities obtain Accreditation through CCCC’s highly respected standards program. Curtis draws from his significant church ministry experience in the... Read More →

Monday September 20, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm EDT

12:30pm EDT

Healthy Leaders/Healthy Organizations
We all know we're supposed to be "healthy" in our leadership.

We want to lead "healthy" organizations.

The challenge is to figure out what that really means and how to do it in the busyness of daily reality.
How can we understand what it means to be healthy in practical ways that enable us to lead out of a deep sense of rooted identity and guide our organizations into meaningful lasting impact?

No single workshop can address all of this effectively but in three hours we can build an understanding of what it is to be healthy as a leader and how to lead an organization into sustainable health. And we can identify the most important things we can work on right now to move towards greater health. You'll finish with a model you can apply to your life and leadership at any time as well as specific action steps for the next week.

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Chris Wignall

Executive Director, Catalyst Foundation
Chris Wignall is fascinated by how people and organizations work (or don’t). As the Executive Director of Catalyst Foundation he comes alongside charity leaders to help them lead more effectively and enhance the impact of their organizations. Past work as a pastor, church planter... Read More →

Monday September 20, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm EDT

12:30pm EDT

Results-Based Management: What you need to know
This workshop aims to enable participants to apply the steps of Results-Based Management, using the Global Affairs Canada RBM guidance as a base, to their programs in practical ways. Participants are expected to read the guidance beforehand, share examples/case studies from their work and help shape the areas of focus for the workshop.

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Elaine Stavnitzky

Orgranizational & Program Quality Specialist, Independent Consultant
Elaine has experience leading & implementing a wide range of strategic, programmatic & quality assurance processes to support leadership & staff in international development & humanitarian aid programs since 2002.To date her expertise has covered on-going learning & improvement in... Read More →

Monday September 20, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Tuesday, September 21

12:30pm EDT

Innovation Speed Geeking!
Have you tried something innovative in the last year? We need YOU!

Do you want to learn from the successes or failures of other member organizations? We need YOU!

Join us for the CCRDA’s first ever “Speed Geeking” session on the topic of Innovation. Move through quick, 5 min. presentations made by your fellow workshop participants. Share your own learnings from a recent innovative initiative. Be both presenter and participant in this fun, interactive workshop. Think of it as speed dating – but with learning! Who knows? You might make a life-changing connection… with a new, invigorating idea.

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Jonathan Horlings

Lead Consultant, Goodman Robot
Jonathan has spent 15 years working for non-profits as a creative, fundraiser, innovator and technologist. He’s created brand new fundraising tools that have met success – and spectacular failure. Jonathan is currently an independent Salesforce consultant at Goodmanrobot, helping... Read More →

Tuesday September 21, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm EDT

12:30pm EDT

Kinds of Gifts, and Does it Really Matter?
Whether you are a small intercity charity or a large national charity, asking for more then just a cash gift is extremely important.  Finding out what your donors philanthropic desires are is key to knowing what free information you should be presenting to them. In this presentation, you will learn some different giving options and why they are important, that way you to have a better chance of getting a base hit when speaking to your donors in the future.

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Rob Ennema

CEO, Link Charity Canada Inc.
Rob  has been in the charitable sector for close to a decade, and while it was his love for charity that brought him to Link Charity in 2019, it was how they looked after both the charity and their donors. Link Charity Canada was created and designed to simplify the administration... Read More →

Tuesday September 21, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm EDT

12:30pm EDT

Leadership Coaching
Coaching is a non-directive and empowering approach to leadership and management. Often referred to as performance coaching, the focus of coaching is telling less and listening and asking questions more. Coaching recognizes people will be more fulfilled, engaged and accountable when they are led to discover their own answers to their questions. This workshop will introduce what coaching is, what it isn’t and the basic skills leaders use to have empowering conversations. The workshop will also include a coaching demonstration and participants will engage in group coaching experiences.

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Dave Blundell

Executive Director, Fullwell Leadership
Through Fullwell Leadership, Dave spends most of his time serving ministry leaders in Canada, and globally. Fullwell is the social enterprise of Hungry For Life International. Dave has an M.A. in International Non-Profit Leadership from Trinity Western University and is currently... Read More →

Tuesday September 21, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm EDT

4:00pm EDT

Prayer Room
Come, be prayed for, pray together, or hold space for one another. Drop in for a few minutes or the whole 45. This space will be hosted by a volunteer Peer Support Person.

Tuesday September 21, 2021 4:00pm - 4:45pm EDT
Wednesday, September 22

12:30pm EDT

Advocacy Unpacked: What Charities Need to Know to Engage in the Public Square
Charities are important advocates in the public square. With a passion to serve and with extensive on-the-ground experience, charities are well-positioned to advocate for effective policy-based improvements. Religious charities in particular have important contributions to make to our public policy discussions.

But what are the rules? How can charities participate in politics? What about during elections?

In this workshop we’ll unpack advocacy and highlight what charities need to know to engage in the public square. Our topics will include:

1. Public Policy Dialogue and Development Activities (PPDDA)
You’re probably familiar with PPDDAs, but we’ll refresh the basics: What are PPDDAs? What are the rules about PPDDAs? How are these rules different from the old rules about political activities? Are any activities prohibited?

2. Federal Elections Act
Now that you know all about PPDDAs, we’ll look at how that changes during the election period. There are rules for “third parties” (i.e. charities) and “issue advertising” that you need to be aware of. We’ll discuss what the election rules are, how that impacts PPDDAs, and what registration and reporting is required during election periods.

3. Lobbying
Yes, there’s more! Now that you know all about PPDDAs and how that changes during the election period, there is one more layer that you need to be aware of. Lobbying is regulated federally, provincially and in some municipalities. We’ll look at the federal act to understand what lobbying is, whether you need to register and what reporting is required.

To make this very practical we’ll look at Bill S-222, which would drastically change the current requirement that charities fund their own activities and exercise direction and control. We’ll look at PPDDAs, election activities and lobbying with a view to S-222 and the topic of direction and control.

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Deina Warren

Associate Director of Legal Affairs, Canadian Centre for Christian Charities
Deina completed her Hon. B.A. in Political Science at Western and worked for UWO before earning her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa, where she graduated in the top 10 per cent of her class.During law school she was actively engaged with the student Christian... Read More →

Wednesday September 22, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm EDT

12:30pm EDT

Beyond Best Practices: The Redemptive Nonprofit
Since it was published in 2019, The Redemptive Nonprofit: A Playbook for Leaders has captured the imagination of charity leaders across North America and around the world with its call for a redemptive rethinking of the very premise of the modern nonprofit. Authored by the Praxis Partners (including Andy Crouch), the book aims to “inspire a new generation of leaders to go beyond the baseline of best practices that should characterize any organization—to building nonprofits that embody the radical hope of the Christian gospel and its power to transform persons, communities, and the course of history.”

The authors identify six core commitments of the redemptive nonprofit, each with several actionable organizational practices: Story, Programs, Team, Board, Funding and Identity. In this fast-paced, interactive seminar, several nonprofit practitioners (including Ed Wilson of Long Run Consulting; Petra Kooman of Great North Agency; Kevin Dixon of Wellspring Foundation; Philip Reilly of Tear Fund Canada; and Ron Burdock, former director of global outreach at North Park Community Church in London, Ontario) will describe how the practices associated with the six commitments in The Redemptive Nonprofit are challenging and shaping their thoughts and conduct as they pursue the greatest redemptive impact of their work.

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Ed Wilson

Principal Consultant, Long Run Consulting
Ed Wilson founded Long Run Consulting in 2019 following a successful, 32-year career of executive leadership in the charitable sector in Canada, of which the last 12 were spent at International Justice Mission Canada. As IJM Canada’s executive director from 2014 to 2018, he led... Read More →

Wednesday September 22, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm EDT

12:30pm EDT

Developing a Simple Plan Towards Lasting Health
Developing a Personalized Plan and Tracking your Progress

Poor lifestyle choices can rob us of our health, making it hard to live the life you dreamed of. If you feel trapped, confused and unsure of how to take a step forward, now is the time to take control. The way forward is simple, clear and within your grasp.

You will define what you want your health to look like in 2 years. Identify the roadblocks that have stopped you in the past. Build a clear and simple plan to take one step at a time. Let me guide you on the journey as you take control of your health.

We will look at six key factors to developing your plan:
  • Personal Vision For Health: Healthy people prioritize personal health and lifestyle choices and therefore grow and develop in all areas of life. 
  • Building Better Habits: We will identify, develop and incorporate new practices until they become automatic.
  • Accountability: Having one or two others that walk alongside us and help us take meaningful action improves our overall development.
  • Nutrition: Most of our nutrition comes from fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and on occasion, lean meat.  
  • Exercise: Our culture, and often our lifestyle choices, can keep us inactive and in a steady state of physical decline. It’s time to become more active.
  • Keep Things In Perspective: Perfection can be the enemy of good health. Often, trying too hard can lead to stress and anxiety, which works against our personal vision for health.

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Stan Wiens

Founder & Coach, The Health Project
Stan Wiens has been leading organizations for over 30 years.  His Safeway career mostly consisted of managing stores and leading teams.  After 11 years he left management and spent the next 22 years leading in 3 different churches, as their Executive Pastor.  During this time Stan... Read More →

Wednesday September 22, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm EDT

4:00pm EDT

Prayer Room
Come, be prayed for, pray together, or hold space for one another. Drop in for a few minutes or the whole 45. This space will be hosted by a volunteer Peer Support Person.

Wednesday September 22, 2021 4:00pm - 4:45pm EDT
Thursday, September 23

12:30pm EDT

Achieving Clarity and Focus: A Four Step Strategic Planning Process
Strategic planning can be simplified to four steps.  They are 1) consult your audiences comprehensively, 2) face the facts of your current reality, 3) reflect and dream with a small team, and 4) articulate the plan in a readable and "I want to do this!" plan.  You will be introduced to a planning process that will fit your organization like a glove and result in a plan that offers clarity and focus to your staff, clients, donors, board, and partners.  This session will include planning templates, group exercise ideas, and some best practices for consulting your audiences well.

For organizations that have a strategic plan already, this session may be helpful for preparing your yearly recalibration (check-in and check-up) to see how well you are progressing towards your goals. A time for questions and coaching by me and with you will also be included in this session.

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Chris Bosch

Founder & Principal, Chisel Consulting
Chris Bosch, MA, MWS, CFRE, Pro.Dir is the founder and principal of Chisel Consulting. He has over 20 years experience in the non-profit sector and has spent most of his career learning, teaching, and facilitating in the areas of strategy development, conflict resolution, leadership... Read More →

Thursday September 23, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm EDT

12:30pm EDT

Improving the Stories We Tell: A Deeper Dive
This workshop is a continuation of the webinar on storytelling that was run in May 2021 and will be a deeper dive into the ideas and concepts that can be implemented into your resource and story gathering practices. This workshop will help the audience better understand how to tell stories by walking through the elements that make compelling narrative and narrative archs. This workshop will help attendees set themselves up for successful story gathering experiences by highlighting items to look for when sourcing a story, understanding what items need to be in place before the story gathering begins, how to make sure the correct information is sourced and the basic structure of a good story. This will be done by looking at examples of stories told through photography, video and written content.

In addition, we will discuss basic photography, videography and interview tips and tricks and the ATTACK theory, which stands for Access, Trust, Time, Accountability, Creativity and Knowledge, which gives you concepts to keep in mind when gathering resources and stories in the field or from your backyard.
Telling a good story is not an easy task, but as you begin to understand what drives people to listen, watch and hear the story you want to tell you will be better equipped to collect compelling resources that connect with your audience.

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Paul Bettings

Consultant, Groundlines Media
Paul Bettings has been capturing social, cultural and geo-political issues through his camera for more than 15 years. His commitment to the visual art of photography is based on a philosophy of relational and intimate storytelling, with honesty and sensitivity. Throughout his career... Read More →

Thursday September 23, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm EDT

12:30pm EDT

Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the delivery of International Assistance
Join Digna for a facilitated discussion on preventing and responding to sexual misconduct. The workshop will allow participants to think through how their organization, and individual staff within it, should respond. The workshop will also explore the key considerations for an intersectional analysis of the international cooperation sector, power imbalances within organizations, and how they work with partners in-country and the communities they serve.

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Monica Napier

Global Technical Advisor - Protection, Samaritan's Purse
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Aislynn Row

Digna Program Manager, Cooperation Canada
Aislynn is a champion of gender equality with a passion for working to make systems and structures more inclusive and effective. Aislynn holds a masters degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics, and has worked at Coooperation Canada since 2019, coordinating... Read More →

Thursday September 23, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm EDT

4:00pm EDT

Prayer Room
Come, be prayed for, pray together, or hold space for one another. Drop in for a few minutes or the whole 45. This space will be hosted by a volunteer Peer Support Person.

Thursday September 23, 2021 4:00pm - 4:45pm EDT
Friday, September 24

11:00am EDT

Spiritual Formation Session with Sara Williamson-Bynoe & Closing Remarks
Join us as we close out our Fall Workshops together with another spiritual formation session with Sara Williamson-Bynoe. Sara will share with us her experience in integrating spiritual health practices into organizations and institutions and the resulting impact on overall outcomes and flourishing.

The CCRDA is committed to spiritual formation because we believe the church and the world are better served by people who have a receptive heart and are faithfully responding to the Spirit’s working in their lives.

Educating the mind and sharpening our skills are not enough. As embodied persons with a mind, will, personality and emotions, God wants to transform ALL of who we are as part of the restoration of all things.

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Sara Williamson-Bynoe

Sara is an ordained minister and has served as a spiritual care practitioner in both the military and nonprofit sectors for nearly a decade. She holds masters degrees in both theological studies and divinity and is a PhD candidate with a focus in spirituality and psychotherapy. Central... Read More →

Friday September 24, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
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