Alberta Healthy Communities Symposium

Event Details

Event Dates: Wednesday March 6 – Friday March 8, 2024

Location: Edmonton AB, Matrix Hotel

Registration is now full! To be added to a waitlist please email

What is the Symposium All About?

The Alberta Healthy Communities Symposium (AHCS) is an opportunity for wellness champions to come together to network and build upon current community resources and programs which will allow them to build on the roots of health and wellness. With this fundamental and holistic focus on wellness, participants will be inspired to begin, deepen, or evolve Healthy Eating, and Active Living (HEAL) initiatives in their communities. Communities ChooseWell celebrates that our communities come from diverse backgrounds, so whether your work aims to influence grassroots, organizational, or systems level change, the symposium will have inspiring content for all!

What Will You Learn?

This year’s theme: Imagine, Inspire, Ignite, sets the stage for our Champions to gain valuable insights from stories shared by keynotes, speakers, and fellow Champions. Through the shared stories, you’ll gain actionable and tangible content that will, inspire you to take on health and wellness initiatives in your communities.

This year’s symposium will focus on three streams: healthy eating, active living, and storytelling. Stay tuned for program announcements including keynotes, breakout speakers, master classes and more!

Keynote Speaker

Miracle Stories with Richard Van Camp and An Old Fashioned Giveaway to Honour Everyone

Richard Van Camp is a proud Tłı̨chǫ Dene from Fort Smith. Please join us for a hilarious and jaw dropping storytelling event with master storyteller and best selling author Richard Van Camp as he shares miracle stories that he has been witness to that remind us why we are all here as he brings gifts for everyone that celebrate the Great Mystery of Life

Community Stories Night Market

For the first time this year, our symposium will include a ‘Community Stories Night Market’. This will be a chance for our Champions to showcase the amazing work happening in their community.

You will walk through a night market where the currency is connection and the goods are community stories. Different Albertan communities/organizations will have a booth set up where they can share their successes and challenges – a place where we can celebrate each other.

If you want to come and share all the great work you have been doing in your community, please select ‘yes’ on your registration form.

If you have any questions please reach to Mackenzie Golden at


Book your room at the Matrix Hotel here! Reservations must be booked by February 13, 2024 to receive the group rate of $159 for a standard room.  


Click on each day to see what’s happening!

March 6th- 5pm-9pm
  • Supper and Opening Keynote
  • Community Stories Night Market
March 7th- 9am-9pm
  • Breakout Sessions 1
  • Break
  • Breakout Sessions 2
  • Lunch and Champion Panel
  • Masterclass Part 1
  • Energizer
  • Masterclass Part 2
  • Break
  • Supper and Awards Ceremony
  • Social
March 8th- 8am-12pm
  • Breakfast and Networking Cafe
  • Breakout Sessions 3
  • Break
  • Breakout Sessions 4

Masterclasses Sessions!

In our masterclasses, you will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and understanding on a specific topic in a format that provides more activities, learning, and more discussion

Masterclass 1: Community Cares Framework: Create Inclusive, Empathy based Impact in Your Community through this Grassroots Framework

Discover the grassroots “Community Cares Framework”, a community-driven solution developed through the Moving Mountains initiative in the Bow Valley. Apply the Community Cares Framework to increase the impact of your community initiatives, improve inclusivity of under-represented groups, and increase community engagement with the resources available to them. Walk away with actionable tools you can apply right away.

Masterclass 2: Creating Inclusive Programs 101

Get ready to join this fun and interactive Masterclass, Creating Inclusive Programs: 101, to enhance your knowledge about creating spaces and programs for people of all abilities. Informed by the Becoming Para Ready 2.0, developed by The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement, together we will look at the 10 P’s of developing para-ready programs to provide programming and facility staff with the knowledge, confidence, and tools to be more proactive in inclusion. We will also learn more about the Calgary Adapted Hub and the collective work done across multiple recreation and sport organizations to give participants inspiration to develop inclusive programming within their communities.

Masterclass 3: Video Storytelling for Impact

Identify the stories that can create impact for your organization and learn how to capture and share them with video. Bring your camera equipment or mobile phone for this hands’ on session where you will learn how to apply the essential components of storytelling to your videos, learn best practices and settings for recording video and audio, become more comfortable with your equipment, and practice preparing and filming interviews. The session will conclude with an orientation on the steps to more effectively share videos across the various social media channels.

Questions or Concerns?

Our Communities ChooseWell team is happy to help, please contact Mackenzie Golden at with any questions or concerns regarding the AHCS. 

We look forward to seeing you at the Symposium in March!

Curious what Champions gained from last year’s symposium? See below for last years infographic to learn more! 
You can also view previous symposium presentations here