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In an effort to assist the arts community in building sustainable practices, The Department of Culture offers workshops on a year round basis that are designed to educate both individual artists and arts organizations.

Upcoming Workshops

September 30, 2014  6pm-9pm Sir Robert Barrie Room - City Hall
Creating a Board Manual with Meaning
Boards continue to collect an endless list of hard copy documents; everything from marketing and fundraising materials, budgets, audited financial statements, policies and program plans. This is where a Board “manual” can greatly assist the members in keeping their information on target and well organized. This workshop, facilitated by Marion Paquet, will review what a Board Manual should include and provide an opportunity for discussion on how cultural organizations are fulfilling their vision, mission, and values. This workshop will help you function efficiently in documenting the Board’s progress by using a board manual to create a more resilient and sustainable cultural organization.

October 4, 2014  9am-12noon Sir Robert Barrie Room - City Hall
How to find Dedicated Volunteers and Keep Them on your Board
A community organization’s success is dependent on its ability to attract, develop and retain talented and dedicated volunteer Board Members. However, research tells us that more than half of community based organizations have difficulties with Board Recruitment. Limited time, resources and expertise adds to the complexity! This workshop, facilitated by Suzanne Addison Tool, offers participants an opportunity to share ideas, learn from best practices and build a Board Recruitment tool kit. Participants will leave with tools and processes that will enable their Board of Directors to recruit for success!

October 18, 2014  9am-12noon Sir Robert Barrie Room - City Hall
Succession Planning for a Successful Future 
Whether it’s because of Baby Boomer retirements, founders moving on to new adventure or simply as a risk management process, succession planning is an integral component in ensuring the sustainability and health of your programs and services. This workshop, facilitated by Suzanne Addison Tool, offers participants an opportunity to learn about succession planning strategies, processes and policies. Participants will have an opportunity to develop succession planning procedures for their organization that can be readily incorporated into Board activities. 

October 25, 2014  9am-12noon Mady Centre for the Performing Arts
The Basics of Strategic Planning
“We always plan too much and always think too little” (Joseph Schumper). Strategic planning is a planning tool but it also a process that enables our stakeholders to think, plan and then act together. It’s a “road map” that moves us towards the things that are most important to our community organizations while building relationships and team. This workshop invites participants to learn about an inclusive method of strategic planning. Participants will leave with the tools and mindsets required to embark on a successful strategic planning journey.

To register for a workshop, please contact the Department of Culture at 705-739-4299 or email us at   

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