Great idea - but the price is a little on the stiff side?

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November 17th, 2017


Residents and community partners are invited to register for a workshop, Cultivating the Power & Possibility of Citizen Leadership: Creating Caring and Resilient Communities, Nov. 27, 2017 at LaSalle Banquet Centre.

Tamarack Institute and the City of Burlington are co-hosting a workshop with internationally recognized facilitator, Sylvia Cheuy, to explore Citizen Leadership: how it is nurtured, and the techniques and processes of working with citizens to become a positive force for change.

This workshop is for those who:

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• Desire new ways to lead, engage and transform in your community
• Recognize the power and impact of citizen leadership in the development of resilient, caring neighbourhoods and communities
• Want to learn how municipalities and organizations can serve as catalysts for deepening community and fostering relationships of trust between neighbours
• Want to explore why multi-sector engagement is essential to positively impacting complex community issues such as: health and well-being; poverty reduction; overcoming loneliness and isolation; neighbourhood renewal; crime prevention; and, youth development
• Recognize why community engagement and collaboration are the foundation of inclusive leadership, including: NGOs; businesses; funders; and, national, provincial or local government
Cultivating the Power & Possibility of Citizen Leadership: Creating Caring & Resilient Communities

Date: Nov. 27, 2017

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A light breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. Lunch is provided
Location: LaSalle Banquet Centre, 50 North Shore Boulevard, Burlington, ON

Cost: Single registration: $199. Two registrations: $179 per person. Three or more registrations: $149 per person

To learn more, or to register, visit

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3 comments to Great idea – but the price is a little on the stiff side?

  • Luke

    This cannot be an April Fool’s joke but it is somewhat laughable that the city without a community involvement charter, that nearly every council member committed to developing, and still undone is offering this.

    Participant’s will learn; Why a growing number of municipalities are investing in the development and implementation of neighbourhood-based strategies that engage and empower residents as leaders of positive change and what lessons they can share .

    Is this the same “Tamarack Institute” listed on the CRA website that is a charitable organization operated out of the University of Waterloo?
    Apparently,”Yes” is the answer.
    Ongoing programs as described by them in their 2016 Tax filing are as follows;
    “Conducting seminars and conferences for community organizations on community building and leadership with the aim of eliminating poverty within their communities. Acting as a catalyst to provide a national focus of interest for the betterment of communities. Conducting training for community builders to focus on poverty solutions.”

    2016 Total Revenue ~$2.27 Million CAD (19% from other charities or government funding)
    2016 Expenses ~$2.35 Million CAD

    They should know a thing or two about poverty they are losing money on an annual basis. Despite this fact they seem to be able to find a way to afford their salary drawdowns.
    Total Compensation for all 28 employees including
    19 full time = $1.5 Million CAD.

    Salary range for top 10 earners at Tamarack $750,000 – $1.12 Million.

    Going out on a limb here but how much you want to bet the presenter rolls up and gets out of an Audi or BMW?

    They might be able to convince me that they know something about reducing poverty if they could manage their balance sheet appropriately. However on basis of this discrepancy I would consider anything they might have to offer as being out from the “Do as I Say, Not as I Do.”, playbook of Al Gore, David Suzuki and Bono.

  • Hélène

    Indeed, the price is steep, particularly for those well-meaning, caring citizens who have no way to expense the registration fee or write it off.

  • Zaffi

    I am dissapointed with the exhorbitant cost of admission. It prohibits many or possibly most of our private citizens from attending what could very well be an invaluable experience. Diversity will certainly be lacking.

    In recent years I have attended many community involvement seminars & workshops that were free or cost no more than $18.00. These events also feature nationally known experts in the area of community involvement. Such as Fair Vote Canada, The Broadbent Institute, Samara Canada to name a few.
    It appears apparent that this event does not actually want private citizens to attend.