Reflecting on perception & race

‘Cultural Competency’ is part of United Way Learning Centre offerings, among many classes and courses designed to build knowledge and skills in Winnipeg’s nonprofit sector.


The following personal take comes from a recent ‘Cultural Competency’ workshop participant.


When we let race inform our perception and behaviour we limit ourselves – our opportunities and our ability to see the truth. Countering this phenomenon requires conscious effort – and organizations can foster it.

This message from Jackie Hogue, owner of J. Hogue & Associates, was the prelude to a Strengthening Organizational Cultural Competency workshop she recently facilitated at United Way.

“Biases come up in life, to us all. That’s why it’s important to be reflective…there is so much value in our diversity, and we can get there and be enriched by the differences,” says Jackie.

For an activity called Mainstream Margin participants split into groups and brainstorm words and images that explain how it felt to be marginalized in their life, and what they thought those doing the marginalizing may have felt.

For an activity called Mainstream Margin participants split into groups and brainstorm words and images that explain how it felt to be marginalized in their life, and what they thought those doing the marginalizing may have felt.

We all have culture, and most of it is not the obvious things like food, art and clothing. Things like expected behaviour, concepts of time, values and beliefs are often hidden and intangible. Increasing awareness and the capacity to engage in an organization requires conscious effort – listening and learning, and understanding that our own perception is not a truth shared by others, and not necessarily even true.

Reflection. Perception. Dialogue. These three things, Jackie tells us, form the basis of transformation in organizations and individuals.

Individuals, and organizations, can make changes to avoid marginalizing people.

Individuals, and organizations, can make changes to avoid marginalizing people.

Authentic relationships require willingness. A willingness to be challenged; to not be in a place of denial and resistance; to be on a journey of growth, learning, and change; and to recognize our own privilege and perspectives.

“We need to always be reflecting on self, society, and historical context.”

During the day-long workshop, filled with interactive group activities and discussion, Jackie deftly led us through the concepts of reflection, perception and dialogue. Working towards cultural competency – and getting closer to understanding racial differences and how we interact with them – is not easy work, but it’s immensely doable.

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Jackie provides a wealth of information to help organizations (the workshop is for anyone, but many participants were non-profit service providers) include cultural competency in their governance, service delivery, community relations, personnel practices and organizational culture.

Once an organization begins to focus on becoming culturally competent the journey begins.

Jackie Hogue, front right, with her Strengthening Organizational Cultural Competency workshop participants.

Jackie Hogue, front right, with her Strengthening Organizational Cultural Competency workshop participants.

“It’s an ongoing process. You don’t arrive at it; it’s a process of learning. It’s impossible to know it all. Cultural competency is more about the skills and the practices to engage in a good way and to recognize when and how our bias shows up.”

And knowing we can always learn.


If you are interested in joining a Cultural Competency workshop keep an eye on United Way’s Learning Centre webpage or email Linda Brazier Lamoureux, director of learning and innovation, at lbrazier@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca.

Celebrating the Filipino community in Winnipeg.

Diversity makes Winnipeg a stronger city, with perspectives, talents and resources from many cultures at our fingertips.

We’re celebrating 50+ years of a thriving Filipino community in Winnipeg with a feature exhibit in our first floor atrium From Manila to Manitoba.

It’s an oral history project created in 2009 by ANAK, a Filipino youth mentoring organization, now revisited with United Way support.

From Manila to Manitoba

Snapshots of youthful experiences are highlighted to capture the complexities of cultural identification and its development among Filipino Canadian immigrants, second generation and multi-racial youth. Themes of family, community and belonging are explored.

From Manila to Manitoba

In conjunction with the exhibit, United Way is hosting Pananaw 2014, ANAK’s Philippine Heritage Youth Forum, in our Learning Centre. Up to 40 Filipino youth will have the opportunity to discover the importance of sharing the oral tradition. A gala reception to celebrate the Exhibit and the Filipino Heritage in Winnipeg will follow the forum.

Welcome to the Learning Centre!

A strong non-profit sector needs strong and knowledgeable human capital—both paid and voluntary.

Professional development is an important element of building that human capital to enable organizations to achieve their goals. So too are the aspirational sector standards defined by Imagine Canada’s Standards Program.

In partnership with subject matter experts, United Way of Winnipeg’s Learning Centre offers high quality capacity building opportunities at low cost, to enable participants to return to their workplaces with new knowledge and skills applicable to the work they do and to demonstrate continuous improvement against recognized sector standards for non-profits and charities in Canada.

Current development opportunities:
The ABC’s of Minute Taking
Dollars and Beyond: Demonstrating the Value of Programs and Services
Engaging Special Populations
Managing Risk Confidently at your Nonprofit or Charity
Real Leadership in the Nonprofit World
Creating and Maintaining a Truly Engaged and Impactful Nonprofit/Charity Board
Succession Management
Quantitative Analysis
Retirement Success
Telling Our Stories: an Introduction to Indigenous Approaches to Evaluation
Effective Board Meetings
Building Better Board Bylaws and Board Member Handbooks
Legal Duties and Liabilities of Boards: What You Need to Know
Qualitative Analysis

 


The ABC’s of Minute Taking

Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., registration starts at 8:30 a.m.
Place: 580 Main Street (parking in the rear)

Snacks and a light lunch will be provided.

If cost is a barrier to participation, please call Linda Brazier Lamoureux at 204-924-4225 or email lbrazier@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca.

Workshop Description

Good meeting minutes demonstrate the due diligence of your Board and committees and protect your organization.

This workshop will help you (or your staff) perform the role more effectively and efficiently. Participants in The ABC’s of Minute Taking will gain knowledge in the following areas and,

  • Understand why we take minutes;
  • Learn steps for preparing minutes;
  • Understand the distinction between minute taking versus minute writing;
  • Learn how to set up the meeting for success;
  • Identify qualities of good minutes and how to get them;
  • Sample old style minutes;
  • Sample new style minutes;
  • Develop  a meeting minutes template;
  • Learn how to fix errors;
  • Identify what to do if you are confused at a meeting;
  • Understand the handling of confidential matters;
  • Be able to developing an Action Plan.

Workshop Facilitator

Priti Shah is widely known and highly respected for her work in the area of board governance and has personally worked with hundreds of board members from across the country. She has facilitated board meetings, annual general meetings, workshops, retreats and strategic planning sessions for small and large boards, as well as small and large organizations. Her facilitation style is engaging, inclusive and effective.


Dollars and Beyond: Demonstrating the Value of Programs and Services

Date: April 11, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., registration starts at 8:30 a.m.
Place: 580 Main Street (parking in the rear)

Snacks and a light lunch will be provided.

If cost is a barrier to participation, please call Linda Brazier Lamoureux at 204-924-4225 or email lbrazier@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca.

Workshop Description

Community organizations are increasing being asked to demonstrate the value of the programs and services they provide. But how do they put a monetary value on the outcomes of social services? Evaluative methods such as Social Return on Investment (SROI) and Descriptive Cost Analysis can be used to demonstrate the value of programs and services in monetary terms. Most Significant Change stories, case studies, and photo-voice are other ways agencies can demonstrate the value of programs and services without having to wade into the debate of how to monetize human service outcomes. These methods emphasize the power of story in demonstrating value.

United Way of Winnipeg is pleased to partner with Proactive Information Services to provide a one-day learning opportunity to help deepen understanding of what is involved in demonstrating value both in a monetary sense and through story. Participants will learn more about methods such as Social Return on Investment, the Most Significant Change methodology, and photo-voice.

Participants will leave the session with:

  • A better understanding of the difference between ‘cost’ and ‘value’ of programs and services;
  • An introduction to methods for monetizing cost and value such as Descriptive Cost Analysis and Social Return on Investment (SROI);
  • An introduction to methods that can be used to demonstrate value that are based on story, such as Most Significant Change, case studies, and photo-voice;
  • Knowledge that will help agencies become better ‘consumers’ of SROI and Descriptive Cost Analysis;
  • Issues to consider when choosing a method for demonstrating value; and
  • Consideration of what might be the next steps when wanting to demonstrate the value of programs and services.

Workshop Facilitator

denise

Passionate about issues of access and voice, Denise Belanger has been working in evaluation for almost 20 years, all of these at Proactive Information Services. She has undertaken evaluative work in the areas of social services, public health, education, justice, and poverty reduction for clients that include federal, provincial and territorial governments, local jurisdictions, schools and districts, post-secondary institutions, foundations, community organizations, and other NGOs across Canada, as well as internationally. Over the years, she has worked in Canada with people in newcomer communities, with rural, urban and Northern communities, and with Aboriginal communities. Denise has conducted many workshops on evaluation methods, presented at numerous national and international evaluation conferences, and was the 2014 recipient of the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Contribution to Evaluation in Canada Award for her work in including the voices of young children and other traditionally disenfranchised and vulnerable populations.


Engaging Special Populations

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Place: 580 Main Street (parking in the rear)

If cost is a barrier to participation, please call Linda at 204-924-4225 or email lbrazier@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca.

Workshop Description

There are times when selecting more traditional data collection methods, such as interviews or surveys, may not be the best way of capturing clients’ ‘voices’. This session will look at considerations in engaging particular populations in evaluations, as well as introducing different data collections methods such as rubrics and visual methods.

Facilitator: Larry Bremner, Proactive Information Services Inc.


Managing Risk Confidently at your Nonprofit or Charity -Reasonably protecting your people, reputation, assets and liability

For Board Members and Staff Leadership

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (registration between 8:30 and 9:00)
Place: United Way Learning Centre, 580 Main Street

Includes snacks and a light lunch.
If cost is a barrier to participation, call Linda Brazier at 204-924-4225 or email lbrazier@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca

Workshop Overview

  •      16 Key Risk Categories all Nonprofits/Charities face (from Finance to Toxic Staff/volunteers)
  •       Critical Legal Concepts and 5 Steps to Protect Your Legal Liability
  •       How to Find and Prioritize Your Unique Risks Every Two Years
  •       Simple, Practical Strategies to Protect Your People and Reputation
  •      Reasonable Screening, key policies, more topics and resources.

“David’s dynamic, energizing, down to earth and practical style is refreshing! He has remarkable knowledge surrounding Good Governance and Risk Management and the ability to transfer knowledge in a very meaningful and impactful way. We now have some great strategies that will move us forward.” Sharon Pitawanakwat, CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association, Thunder Bay

“At the end of the training, we were so inspired that 10 participants signed up for a monthly working group to develop Risk Management Systems for each of our organizations.”  Stacy Ashton, Executive Director, Community Volunteer Connections, serving Tri Cities, New Westminster, British Columbia

“David is very knowledgeable and shared useful information [to both our regular and foundation boards] that helped us learn how to confidently manage risks and ask the right questions for the protection of our organization and our people.”  Lisa Talbot, Executive Director, KidsAbility Foundation, Waterloo

“David Hartley deservedly has earned the reputation as being one of Canada’s best Risk Management consultants in the not-for-profit field. He provides a 360 degree look at what your organization’s Risk Management needs are and is able to deliver the solutions that protect your organization at all levels on time and on budget. His passion for helping people and organizations is delivered in a professional manner with a personal touch.”   Mike Nowosad, Chief Executive Officer, National office, 4-H Canada

Facilitator

David Hartley
http://nonprofithelp.ca/training/
David Hartley has trained over 19,000 nonprofit and charity leaders in over 130 Canadian cities and towns over the past 9 years. He has assisted hundreds of organizations of every type and size.
David spent his professional life until the age of 40 in the world of risk and insurance, including over 7 years training insurance brokers, primarily for Co-operators and Aviva, two of Canada’s largest insurers. David then directed the Insurance & Liability Resource Centre for Nonprofits for 5 years, a project of the national charity Imagine Canada. He then continued full-time as a consultant assisting nonprofits and charities of all sizes across Canada and continues to do this today.
David carries the Canadian Risk Management (C.R.M.) designation from the University of Toronto. He also is certified to train John Maxwell’s leadership material (founding member of John’s training team).
He is a very proud husband and daddy to 4 wonderful children.


Real Leadership in the Non Profit World

For Executive Directors and Managers

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (registration between 8:30 and 9:00)
Place: United Way Learning Centre, 580 Main Street

Includes snacks and a light lunch.
If cost is a barrier to participation, call Linda Brazier at 204-924-4225 or email lbrazier@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca

Workshop Overview
Leading in a Stressed-out World: Doing Less instead of Multi-Tasking More

  • Building Trust with Staff & Volunteers: Overcoming “the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team”
  • David’s 8 Characteristics of a truly Thriving Workplace
  • Motivating Staff, including how to effectively use “Stay Interviews”
  • Coaching your Stars, Steadies, Strugglers [Harvard]
  • Defining & Handling Toxic Staff – How to Help Those who want to Change
  • An Engaging Way to Define & Manage Performance

“David is a highly gifted trainer and consultant on the topics of risk management, governance and nonprofit management. David has an in-depth knowledge of these topics, and perhaps more importantly, a true gift for sharing this knowledge with others in a way that is practical, helpful, dynamic, engaging and immediately useful for nonprofit organizations both large and small. Somehow, David makes dry and daunting topics manageable, practical and engaging!”  Joanne Kaattari, Executive Director, Community Literacy of Ontario

“I attended your session in PEI, just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for getting through the amount of material you did today …I really benefited from your practical information and will be mining it for many days to come!”  Joel Dennis, Tremploy, Charlottetown, PEI

“I so enjoyed your session and I can’t wait to use [the new tools]. ”  Lynda Carrey, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Riverview, New Brunswick

Facilitator

David Hartley
http://nonprofithelp.ca/training/
David Hartley has trained over 19,000 nonprofit and charity leaders in over 130 Canadian cities and towns over the past 9 years. He has assisted hundreds of organizations of every type and size.
David spent his professional life until the age of 40 in the world of risk and insurance, including over 7 years training insurance brokers, primarily for Co-operators and Aviva, two of Canada’s largest insurers. David then directed the Insurance & Liability Resource Centre for Nonprofits for 5 years, a project of the national charity Imagine Canada. He then continued full-time as a consultant assisting nonprofits and charities of all sizes across Canada and continues to do this today.
David carries the Canadian Risk Management (C.R.M.) designation from the University of Toronto. He also is certified to train John Maxwell’s leadership material (founding member of John’s training team).
He is a very proud husband and daddy to 4 wonderful children.


Creating and Maintaining a Truly Engaged and Impactful Nonprofit/Charity Board

Primarily for Board Members and Executive Directors

Date:Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time:9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (registration between 8:30 and 9:00)
Place:United Way Learning Centre, 580 Main Street

Includes snacks and a light lunch.

If cost is a barrier to participation, call Linda Brazier at 204-924-4225 or email lbrazier@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca

Workshop Overview

This workshop will cover the 2 core responsibilities of a Board; How to Be Strategic; Core Fiduciary duties; David’s Top 10 Principles for “Doing It Right”.

Included will be practical tips on:

  • David’s top 10 Governance Principles regardless of the size of your nonprofit or board
  • Quick tips for re-energizing your board
  • How to create a truly living & valuable Strategic Plan
  • Changing meetings by changing reports
  • creating great agendas
  • engaging board behaviors and challenging personalities
  • necessary standing committees vs. task forces
  • dashboards
  • role of the chair
  • starting/ending meetings to create meaning
  • board minutes
  • legal obligations/responsibilities
  • what a board must do to ensure impact

“Thank you again for your invigorating Board best practices session yesterday. I’ll now say that I got my undergraduate degree in Board Governance through the Institute of Corporate Directors, and my graduate degree in attending your session on Best Practice Board Governance.”  David Wexler – Board of Directors of CancerCare Ontario,

“David’s board governance training is an excellent way to leverage a nonprofit’s limited training resources to train an entire board. The workshop content in one day mirrored content I spent 3 days plus travel time at a [costly] Rotman School of Business course. ” Wes Moore, Board Chair, Algoma Children’s Aid Society, Ontario

“Really engaging and interesting for a topic [board governance] that can be quite dry.   Today was really informative, I am going away with a lot of “to-do’s” I actually can do!  Thank you so much for making a tough topic manageable.”  Karen Chezick, Clinic Manager, Agassiz Medical Centre, Manitoba

“I have attended numerous sessions over the years.  Normally governance training is stagnant at best.   Yours was more than the opposite, it was actually entertaining.  Thank you.”  Ronald Boerchers, National Director, Holstein Canada 

“Exhilarating, motivating and a very good team-building experience for the entire board and the staff. ” [Strategic Plan including Board Training] Chair-person, New Starts Women’s Shelter, Red Lake, Ontario

Facilitator

David Hartley
http://nonprofithelp.ca/training/

David Hartley has trained over 19,000 nonprofit and charity leaders in over 130 Canadian cities and towns over the past 9 years. He has assisted hundreds of organizations of every type and size.

David spent his professional life until the age of 40 in the world of risk and insurance, including over 7 years training insurance brokers, primarily for Co-operators and Aviva, two of Canada’s largest insurers.  David then directed the Insurance & Liability Resource Centre for Nonprofits for 5 years, a project of the national charity Imagine Canada. He then continued full-time as a consultant assisting nonprofits and charities of all sizes across Canada and continues to do this today.

David carries the Canadian Risk Management (C.R.M.) designation from the University of Toronto. He also is certified to train John Maxwell’s leadership material (founding member of John’s training team).

He is a very proud husband and daddy to 4 wonderful children.


Succession Management

Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., registration begins at 5:15 p.m.
Place: United Way’s Learning Centre, 580 Main Street

A light supper will be provided.
If cost is a barrier to participation, call Linda Brazier at 204-924-4225 or email lbrazier@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca

“Succession management is the greatest investment you can make in your organization’s future”. (DDI)

What happens if your Executive Director or other key people leave suddenly? Are you ready? Regardless of their size, non-profits and charities need to manage succession of key personnel. A plan and a process to meet staffing requirements are critical to your organization’s stability and sustainability.

Changing realities of workplaces is another reason to prioritize succession management and planning. What are some of those realities?

  • Vacancies in senior or key positions are sometimes occurring simultaneously;
  • Baby boomer retirements are on the rise and there is increasing demand for senior management expertise;
  • There is no emerging group of potential employees on the horizon as in past generations;
  • Younger managers interested in moving up may not yet have the skills and experience required.

With careful planning and preparation, organizations can manage the changes that result from a generational transfer of leadership as well as the ongoing changes that occur regularly when key employees leave an organization.

Participants in this workshop will acquire:

  • An understanding of the components of succession management and planning
  • Increased ability to use succession planning to support the long term viability and continued operation of the organization
  • The tools needed to create succession plans
  • Increased knowledge of how to integrate elements of succession planning into the organization’s talent management practices

Facilitator

Gordon McAlpine

Gordon is a human resources practitioner with more than 25 years of broad based experience. In his consulting role at People First, he works with a wide range of organizations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors to design and implement human resource systems, policies and practices which serve to engage employees and help them operate to their full potential. His consulting practice currently focuses on leadership coaching, succession planning and organizational effectiveness. Gordon’s extensive background in human resources also allows him to assist clients in other areas such as performance management, employment equity, employee relations, respectful workplace, employee surveys and psychometric assessments. With a practical, focused and results oriented approach to consulting, Gordon is known for his ability to successfully navigate complex human resources issues and deliver exceptional results to clients.


Quantitative Analysis

Date: Wednesday, May10, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Place: 580 Main Street (parking in the rear)

If cost is a barrier to participation, please call Linda at 204-924-4225 or email lbrazier@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca.

Workshop Description

You have collected participation data, participant feedback, and other useful numeric sources of information and now you need to do something with it. In this workshop we will discuss tools and strategies for quantitative data collection, management, and analysis. Using EXCEL, we will discuss how to set up a spreadsheet, how to “clean” and analyze the data, and when and how to produce basic statistics.

Facilitator: Aynslie Hinds


Retirement Success

Date: May 16, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to noon; registration at 8:30 a.m.
Place: Learning Centre, United Way, 580 Main Street

Includes Retirement Success Profile survey

The new retirement is not an ending; it’s a new beginning, the start of a new life journey of vastly expanded proportions.” (The New Retirement, Discovering Your Dream; Richard P. Johnson)

Workshop Description

Are you within 10 years of retirement? Have you done planning that includes the many dimensions of the ‘new’ retirement? Are you ready?

Join Heather Erhard for a unique workshop “Retirement Success”. You will complete the Retirement success Profile survey in advance, determine your readiness for retirement and develop plans for a new stage of renewal. Methods will include lecturette, individual work, group discussion, work in pairs and small groups.

After this workshop, you will have greater understanding and knowledge of:

  • The ‘old’ retirement vs the ‘new’ retirement
  • The 15 factors that contribute to retirement success
  • Your Retirement Success Profile (your personal inventory of areas that are strengths and areas that may need additional focus to transition as successfully as possible
  • Your key ‘focus factors’ and use tools to assist you in developing plans to enhance your readiness.

Facilitator

heathererhard

Heather Erhard, is the founder and Director of Erhard Associates, a management consulting, coaching and training firm dedicated to enhancing individual, team and organizational effectiveness. She brings over 25 years’ experience in leadership development, strategic planning, team building and coaching. She has worked extensively in the non- profit sector coordinating and facilitating the Managing and Leading in the Non Profit Sector workshop; over 1500 leaders have attended from across Canada and abroad.  Heather has taught at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg and Queen’s University. Her passion is coaching groups and individuals to the next level of success.  www.erhardassociates.com


Telling Our Stories: an Introduction to Indigenous Approaches to Evaluation

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8:45)
Place: United Way Learning Centre; 580 Main Street

Snacks and light lunch included.

If cost is a barrier to participation, please call Linda at 204-924-4225 or email lbrazier@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca

Workshop Description

The agenda for this workshop is built around the Kirhart, LaFrance and Nichols Indigenous Evaluation Framework (IEF) which was developed in the belief that evaluation must be responsive to Indigenous priorities of usefulness, restoration, preservation and sovereignty.

Telling Our Stories: An Introduction to Indigenous Approaches to Evaluation will take participants through the four components of the IEF evaluation framework: Creating the Story, Building the Scaffolding, Gathering Information and Engaging Community & Celebrating Learning. The day will include a mix of presentation, small group and large group activities, drawing on the existing knowledge and experience of participants.
Participation in the workshop will contribute to:

  • Enhanced understanding of history and perspectives on evaluation;
  • Enhanced knowledge of an Indigenous Framework for evaluation;
  • Knowledge of ideas and strategies for implementing an Indigenous evaluation.

Workshop Facilitator

Larry K. Bremner

Mr. Bremner has worked in research and evaluation since the early 1970’s. In 1984 he established Proactive Information Services Inc. to provide social research services to the not-for-profit and public sectors. Through Proactive he has assisted organizations across the government and non-profit sectors in meeting their information and evaluation needs. He has worked throughout Canada, in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe, as well as in Mongolia. Throughout his research career, Mr. Bremner has worked extensively in the areas of program review and evaluation, information synthesis, and the design and coordination of large-scale studies. He is recognized for his methodological expertise and his ability to synthesize learnings from his many experiences, bringing significant insights to each new project. He is also known for his slightly wacky sense of humour.

Mr. Bremner has conducted training/workshops on program evaluation, questionnaire design, focus groups, team building, facilitation skills, action planning, and the implementation of organizational change.

Mr. Bremner, a member of the Métis Nation, is passionate about issues of equity and access. He believes that participatory approaches to research and evaluation can foster the empowerment of traditionally disenfranchised groups, while at the same time improving our important public institutions.


Building Better Board Bylaws and Board Member Handbooks

Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Place: United Way of Winnipeg, 580 Main Street (parking in rear)

If cost is a barrier to participation, please call Linda at 204-924-4225 or email lbrazier@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca.

Good bylaws alone do not make an effective organization; they are an outline of its structure. However, suitable bylaws are necessary to enable an organization to function well.” Alice Sturgis; “The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure”; 2001

Every organized group needs Bylaws to ensure that members and leaders understand the rules under which they agree to operate, rules that need to be refreshed from time to time as the environment changes and the group evolves. Are you clear on why you need Bylaws? What needs to be included in contemporary Bylaws? Have you examined your Bylaws lately to assess their strengths and weaknesses? Are they written in plain language? Are your Bylaws included in your board manual? What else is in your Board manual (handbook) to help board members fulfill their duties and responsibilities?

Join us on June 1, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for Building Better Board Bylaws and Board Member Handbooks. You will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • Understand the function and purpose of bylaws
  • Identify the essential elements of board bylaws
  • Recognize the strengths and weaknesses of your current bylaws
  • Develop an action plan to strengthen your bylaws
  • Understand the function and purpose of a board member handbook
  • Identify the essential components of a board member handbook
  • Develop an action plan to strengthen or create a board member handbook suited to your organization

About the Facilitator

Priti Shah is widely known and highly respected for her work in the area of board governance and has personally worked with hundreds of board members from across the country. She has facilitated board meetings, annual general meetings, workshops, retreats and strategic planning sessions for small and large boards, as well as small and large organizations. Her facilitation style is engaging, inclusive and effective.


Effective Board Meetings

Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place: United Way of Winnipeg, 580 Main Street (parking in rear)

If cost is a barrier to participation, please call Linda at 204-924-4225 or email lbrazier@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca

Workshop Overview

Board meetings are a legal and critical part of governance. And they can be productive as well as gratifying for board members if there is clear purpose and structure, effective chairing, understanding of participant roles and effective management of dialogue and procedure.

Join us on June 1st for “Effective Board Meetings” where participants will gain knowledge in the following areas and have enhanced capacities to:

  • Prepare for meetings;
  • Structure the meeting agenda;
  • Create an effective meeting package;
  • Chair a meeting;
  • Understand the role of meeting participants;
  • Manage voting;
  • Handle confidential matters;
  • Understand Robert’s Rules of Order;
  • Devise strategies for implementing meeting rules of procedure.

About the Facilitator

Priti Shah is widely known and highly respected for her work in the area of board governance and has personally worked with hundreds of board members from across the country. She has facilitated board meetings, annual general meetings, workshops, retreats and strategic planning sessions for small and large boards, as well as small and large organizations. Her facilitation style is engaging, inclusive and effective.


Legal Duties and Liabilities of Boards: What You Need to Know

For Board Members, aspiring Board Members, Executive Directors, CEO’s, Finance and Admin of Nonprofits and Charities

Date: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Place: United Way of Winnipeg, 580 Main Street (parking in the rear)

Snacks and a light lunch will be provided.

If cost is a barrier to participation, please call Linda at 204-924-4225 or email lbrazier@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca.

While deeply committed to the purpose of the organizations they serve, many board members and their staff leaders may not be fully aware of the legal ramifications of governance work.

Workshop Overview

United Way is pleased to partner with Priti Shah, of PRAXIS Conflict Consulting for a workshop that will contribute to stronger board governance. Participants in the workshop will gain capacities to:

  • Assess your board’s vulnerability to liability
  • Review the role of the board versus the role of the board member
  • Examine board and ED/CEO: moving from competition to cooperation
  • Define liability, including personal liability for board members
  • Identify potential liabilities arising from Manitoba and Canadian law
  • Recognize to whom the board is accountable
  • Understand: What are the duties of board members? How can the duties be implemented?
  • Explore risk management and liability protection – Insurance and Indemnification
  • Evaluation, screening and monitoring
  • Develop a board due diligence checklist

About the Facilitator

Priti Shah is widely known and highly respected for her work in the area of board governance and has personally worked with hundreds of board members from across the country. She has facilitated board meetings, annual general meetings, workshops, retreats and strategic planning sessions for small and large boards, as well as small and large organizations. Her facilitation style is engaging, inclusive and effective.


Qualitative Analysis

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Place: 580 Main Street (parking in the rear)

If cost is a barrier to participation, please call Linda at 204-924-4225 or email lbrazier@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca.

Workshop Description

While facing page after page of focus group transcripts or a tall pile of interviews may seem a daunting task, there is no need for panic or tears! Qualitative data is rich and wonderful. This workshop will help you better understand qualitative data, its strengths and challenges, as well as processes and strategies for analysis. Data visualization for qualitative data and methods of presenting and reporting will also be explored.

Facilitator: Denise Belanger, Proactive Information Services Inc.


Effective Practice: Succession planning for the most senior staff position in your organization

You’ve seen the news reports and know that the baby boomers are starting to retire from leadership roles. And younger leaders are pursuing new opportunities. Extensive data tells us two out of three leaders plan to leave their jobs within the next three to five years. Many boards are underprepared to respond.

Fully 66% of charities say said their agency does not have a current, written succession plan.

DOES YOUR AGENCY HAVE A SUCCESSION PLAN FOR THE MOST SENIOR STAFF POSITION?

United Way of Winnipeg is partnering with PeopleFirst HR on a workshop for board chairs/members to help them understand why succession planning is important and to provide practical knowledge and tools to help create plans that are appropriate to their agency and its stakeholders.

At the end of three hours, participants will have:

  • A greater appreciation of the importance of planning for succession
  • An understanding of the components of succession planning
  • Increased ability to use succession planning to support the long term viability and continued operation of the organization
  • The tools needed to create succession plans
  • Increased knowledge of how to integrate elements of succession planning into the organization’s talent management practices

Agencies are encouraged to send two or more board representatives if possible. As this session is designed for volunteers, staff can register only if accompanied by one or more board members.


Facilitator: Gordon McAlpine

Event Facilitator: Gordon McAlpineGordon is an HR practitioner with more than 25 years of broad based experience. He works with a wide range of organizations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors to design and implement human resources systems, policies and practices which serve to engage employees and help them operate to their full potential. His consulting practice currently focuses on leadership coaching, employment equity and employee surveys. Gordon’s extensive background also allows him to assist clients in other areas such as performance management, talent assessments, respectful workplace, succession planning and organizational effectiveness.

With a practical, focused and results oriented approach to consulting, Gordon is known for his ability to successfully navigate complex human resources issues and deliver exceptional results to clients.

Evaluation Foundations for Community Agencies

The capacity of health and social service providers to undertake evaluation has become increasingly important. Program managers and others require evaluation skills in order to develop their own organizations and respond to the information needs of their stakeholders, including funders. These agencies serve diverse populations, including those who are vulnerable and/or marginalized from mainstream society. Sensitivity to issues of inclusion and cultural diversity is required in effective evaluation as well as in service delivery.

United Way is pleased to partner with the Canadian Evaluation Society (Manitoba) to offer an Evaluation Foundations Learning Series for community agencies with a diversity focus.

The series will be comprised of:

  • Four one-day sessions taking participants through the evaluation process, including a focus on diversity and inclusion, as well as practices appropriate to community agencies (e.g., participatory approaches, innovative/alternative data collection methods).
  • Sessions will include theory and a variety of active learning techniques, building on the existing skills and knowledge of participants with a goal of continuous improvement.

Dates/Time/Place: The first session will be on November 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at United Way of Winnipeg, 580 Main Street.

Subsequent session dates will be January 14, February 27, and April 15.

  • As the learning agenda is at an introductory level, the series will be of greatest interest to those who have limited knowledge and experience with evaluation process and practice.
  • Registration is limited to 24 participants. Snacks and light lunch will be provided.
  • Agencies are invited to send a team of 2 people, at least one of whom should be in a program manager role.
  • Sessions will be facilitated by Linda E. Lee (Proactive Information Services Inc.), with co-presenters invited for some sessions. Subsidy may be available, if cost is a barrier to participation, call Linda at 204-924-4225.

Board Governance and Effectiveness

Do you aspire to excellence in your organization?

Two primary focus areas of Imagine Canada’s Sector Standards toward enhanced governance and effectiveness are Board Governance and Financial Accountability & Transparency. Any charity and non-profit organization can use the standards to improve andmonitor its practices, whether it chooses to pursue accreditation or not.

United Way is pleased to continue to partner with the local office of KPMG. A champion of the Standards program, KPMG LLP will present on good practices in board governance including financial accountability, transparency and planning.

Speaker:
Stu Duncan is Director, Advisory Services at KPMG LLP in Winnipeg. Stu has served in executive management positions in the private sector, non-profit sector and with government, and also has been a board member for several non-profit organizations.