Each year, Communities ChooseWell hosts the Alberta Healthy Communities Symposium. This event brings together leaders in the area of healthy community development and offers them a chance to learn how other communities are advancing healthy eating and active living. Stay tuned for information on the 2021 Symposium!
2020 Alberta Healthy Communities Symposium
What an incredible two days we had at our Alberta Healthy Communities Symposium in Calgary last week on March 5 – 6, 2020! Together we “Strengthened Our Roots, and Grew Our Impact” through facilitation, learning, dancing and connecting.
Along with our amazing presenting partner, Alberta Blue Cross, we’d like to thank each of you who attended and helped make the symposium a huge success for all. The symposium offered networking opportunities, and sessions discussing how we can build upon our current community resources and discover new ways to grow our impact in the future.
A big thank you to Elder Edmee as well as our incredible speakers, facilitators and panelists who were all fantastic! We learned so much from all of you. We are very grateful for our exceptional planning team from Alberta Blue Cross, Alberta Health Service’s Healthier Together, and KMG Events. Kudos to Alberta Health Services’ Design Lab and the Government of Alberta’s Community Development Unit for facilitating exciting networking sessions and bringing lots of fun!
ChooseWell Indigenous Champions Gathering: We would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to all of the participants in the ChooseWell Indigenous Champions Gathering on March 5, 2020 in Calgary. Over 50 champions, from across the province, came together to discuss how collective action can take place in their communities. Discussions focused on topics such as resilience, cultural strength, and holistic wellness as well as the power of collaboration. ChooseWell would also like to thank Elder Edmee Comstock for being part of this journey with us and for her abundance of kindness and wisdom.
A big thank you to Aaron Russell from Alberta Health Services, for creating this graphic recording throughout the event!
2019 Alberta Healthy Communities Symposium
Communities ChooseWell and the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund once again partnered to bring you the 2019 Alberta Healthy Community Symposium! The event was held in Edmonton, March 7-8, 2019 and focused on ‘Connecting Changemakers’. Changemakers use a deep-rooted sense of empathy for others, identify a specific problem or opportunity to tackle, and give themselves permission to do something about it.
INDIGENOUS CHAMPIONS’ GATHERING: Communities ChooseWell and ACPLF were also excited to offer a pre-conference Indigenous Champions’ Gathering on March 7, 2019. Indigenous champions and allies from across the province came together and we saw the largest Indigenous Champions’ Gathering we have ever hosted, with 80 people attending.
- Andrea Auger: Just Because We’re Small Doesn’t Mean We Can’t Stand Tall
- Mark Cabaj: Changemaking in Action
- Ben Weinlick: Tackling Complex Challenges Together
- Naomi Mahaffy: Introduction to Social Innovation in Alberta
- Allanna Pettigrew, Sarah Bruinsma, & Brianne Fredel: Community Showcase – Changing the Way People Eat
- Tracey Coutts & Siksika Nation: Community Showcase – Engaging Children and Youth in Changemaking
- Jennifer Wilson & Jackie Belcourt: Community Showcase – Changing the Way People Move
2018 Alberta Healthy Communities Symposium
For 2018, Communities ChooseWell teamed up with the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund to bring you our annual Healthy Community Symposiums from March 5-8, 2018. The theme revolved around creating communities that enhance the health and sense of belonging for all community members, and the title was ‘Creating Communities for Everyone’.
- Tools for Community Engagement: Sharing Stories Builds Stronger Communities (Edmonton)
- Panel: Creating Community Belonging Through Multisectoral Collaboration (Edmonton)
- Tools for Community Engagement: Sharing Stories Builds Stronger Communities (Calgary)
- Panel: Creating Community Belonging Through Multisectoral Collaboration (Calgary)