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Tools for Change Fall Training Series

Tools for Change Fall Training Series

Tools for Change is a project of our community partners, including OPIRG-Toronto, Earthroots, Greenpeace Canada, OPIRG York, the Community Action Centre of the Student Association at George Brown College and No One is Illegal (NOII). We help you develop skills to champion social, economic and environmental justice. We host over 20 workshops a year. Workshops are offered on a sliding scale of $20, $30 and $50 and scholarships are available. Staff and active volunteers of our community partners can attend for free or by donation. This includes students from University of Toronto, York University and George Brown College.

We have started organizing our fall training series. Check out below for the posted trainings, with more to be posted in the coming weeks!


Shut it Uncle Bob: Addressing Racism from Friends, Family and Loved Ones
Wednesday October 4 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
George Brown College, 200 King Street East
Room B155 Career Centre
Register for this workshop 

What do we do when we hear problematic things from people we can’t throw away? 

This workshop explores strategies and tactics for addressing racism from loved ones in meaningful and impactful ways. Participants will engage with a variety of scenarios that manifest implicit or overt bias. Common behaviours and tactics for dismissing conversations about race and minimizing the harmful impact of racist behaviours, beliefs and language will be explored. Participants will learn a number of techniques that take into account balancing relationships and creating long term sustained progress and change while understanding the roots of prejudice and tapping into the individual’s capacity for empathy.

Trainer: Rania El Mugammar. Find out more at http://raniawrites.com

Access Info: Free || Vegan food with gluten free options available || ASL-English Interpretation || Wheelchair Accessible || TTC tokens available. For Questions/Accomodations write to cacassistant@sagbc.ca

This event is brought to you by the Community Action Centre in association with Tools for Change. It is part of the Community Action Centre’s Disorientation week. More info can be found here. 


Social Media for Events and Actions
Tuesday October 17 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
York University Student Centre, Room 307
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This workshop explores the fundamentals of social media strategy for events and actions. Participants will learn how to craft a well-rounded online strategy, explore when platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram are appropriate, discuss some examples of successful online amplification of offline events and also dig into why others flopped. As part of this workshop participants are encouraged to bring relevant upcoming events to discuss how to best promote these online.


Trainer: Sarah Wilbore is the Senior Digital Strategist at Greenpeace and leads the Digital team in Canada. Sarah has designed digital strategies for international Greenpeace campaigns, ship tours and big Greenpeace actions in Canada. Before that Sarah worked at a series of Canadian startups until finding the perfect intersection of her passions for digital and environment at Greenpeace Canada.


Access Info: All trainings are held in a barrier free space. Subway tokens available to attendees by request.

Using Freedom of Information and Access to Information Law to Your Campaign Advantage
Wednesday October 18, 2017 from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
University of Toronto
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This workshop will provide a very concrete and powerful research skill: using freedom of information and access to information law to further your campaign objectives. We will cover strategies for getting the info you need, and tips on how to turn the documents you get into a compelling story that will advance your campaign. We’ll also be sharing some great stories and examples to bring this tool to life.

Trainer: Keith Stewart is a senior energy strategist with Greenpeace Canada, as well as a part-time faculty member at the University of Toronto where he teaches a course on Energy Policy and the Environment. He has worked as an energy policy analyst and advocate for the last 16 years and enjoys digging through documents for the kind of dirt that grows great campaigns.

Access Info: We will gather in a barrier free space. Subway tokens available to attendees by request. Please write to laura@toolsforchange.net if you have specific requirements.


Organize those Files! Info Management for Groups of All Sizes 
Thursday November 16, 2017 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
University of Toronto
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The flow of information in a group or organization can overwhelm the best of us; it can clutter a cause, muddle a mind, and waste endless amounts of time. This workshop will explore how to manage key information hubs like email, online information sources, and digital and hard copy documents. You will be able to establish a system for information that flows in and out in a usable and retrievable way that prevents the loss of information, reduces redundancy, considers all stakeholders, and nurtures self-care. We will also discuss a few popular cloud services, including their policies and other considerations.

Trainer: Tiffany Nyklickova is a Project Specialist for Services in Action, an information centre for nonprofits. She builds partnerships between organizations so they can exchange information, services and tools. Tiffany’s work experience has gone from for profit corporations, to charities, non-profit grassroots initiatives, and social enterprises. In the end, it’s taking a project from an idea to a fully developed system that she enjoys most. While doing this, she found herself immersed in knowledge management and information technology. Her geeky pleasures are organizing and creating excel documents. Outside of work Tiffany’s passion is travelling. The next destination is always being planned.

Access Info: We will gather in a barrier free space. Subway tokens available to attendees by request. Please write to laura@toolsforchange.net if you have specific requirements.


Building Everyday Solidarity with Muslim Communities
Wednesday November 29, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
George Brown College
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There is a pressing need to turn public spaces where Muslims have been traumatized into spaces where solidarity is strengthened. While anti-Muslim sentiments have long existed in North America – culminating in spectacular tragedy during the Quebec City Mosque shooting – the broader Canadian public are becoming more and more adept at responding whenever Islamophobic incidents occur. Nevertheless, there are many who aren’t sure how to extend their solidarity beyond those moments of tragedy. This workshop will help participants explore simple actions they can take based on their level of comfort and their circles of influence.
Participants will come out of this workshop with a solid understanding of:
  • How Islamphobia manifests at an interpersonal level in day-to-day life
  • How they can foster deeper and more meaningful relationships with Muslims in their circles
  • How they can support Muslim communities in the longer term beyond moments of tragedy


Trainer: Shazlin Rahman is a Malaysian-born, Toronto-based city-builder, community organizer, artist and freelance writer. Prior to moving to Canada, Shazlin studies architecture in Malaysia and Australia. She brings together her passion for city-building and equity through urban affairs writing focused on how Muslims experience urban spaces. Drawing from he experience as a Muslim and a stakeholder engagement specialist in the nonprofit sector, Shazlin regularly consults on and facilitates the creation of spaces where relattionships between communities can be built. This includes organizing Toronto’s first OpenIftar and organizing Jane’s Walks on building solidarity with Muslim neighbours. Her current role includes being a Stakeholder Engageement Specialist at the Inspirit Foundation, a board member at the Tessellate Institute, a program committee member for the Toronto Ward Museum and an advisory board member for CivicAction’s ELN Studio.


Access Info: We will gather in a barrier free space. Subway tokens available to attendees by request.