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:
Effective Board Meetings
Building Better Board Bylaws and Board Member Handbooks
Legal Duties and Liabilities of Boards: What You Need to Know
Qualitative Analysis


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.


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