Past Events

Vibrant Communities Symposium 2012

Vibrant Communities Symposium 2012The Vibrant Communities Symposium connects those working to create healthy sustainable communities from a social, economic, environmental and cultural perspective.

With neighbourhood walkabouts, keynote speakers, panel presentations and group discussion, the Symposium is designed to encourage dialogue, within and across sectors, and discuss the challenges inherent in these guiding principles – collaboration, community involvement, informed decisions, fairness and inclusion.

Vibrant Communities Symposium 2012 was held April 25th & 26th, 2012 at Thunderbird House in Winnipeg.




Vibrant Communities 2012

Day 1

Shawn Loney – B.U.I.L.D.
Russ Rothney – Neechi Commons
Dan Mazier – Elton Energy Cooperative
Charles Thrift – Peg
Brian Bechtel – Introduction to Housing First

Day 2

Shari Decter-Hirst – Engaging Elected Officials in Building Vibrant Communities
Health Equity Impact Assessment – A practical tool for building healthy communities



Manitoba Hydro Winnipeg Free Press United Way of Winnipeg Metis Economic Development Organization Assiniboine Credit Union Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Vibrant Communities Symposium 2010

Vibrant Communities Symposium

Stakeholder consultation, available evidence and alignment at the Pan-Canadian level led to Vibrant Communities – A Plan for Action. The Plan for Action acknowledged the need to further engage those involved in creating healthy sustainable communities. As a result, the Vibrant Communities Symposium was held on March 10th and 11th, 2010.

The Symposium was an opportunity to discuss the social, economic, environmental and cultural perspectives of a Vibrant Community and develop a Vibrant Communities Charter reflecting these different perspectives (identified as a next step in Vibrant Communities: A Plan for Action). For more information, please read the Vibrant Communities Symposium Report.

Vibrant Communities Symposium Detailed Agenda

Sponsors & Planning Committee

Level of Support for Moving Forward with the Charter


Working Together: Creating Vibrant Communities

Cathy Steven, Executive Director Health in Common
Vibrant Communities (Steven)
Jan Sanderson, Deputy Minister, Manitoba Healthy Living, Youth and Seniors

Considering the Global Realities that Impact Our Communities, Bob Scarfo

Bob Scarfo, Interdisciplinary Design Institute and Aging in Place Design Solutions

Considering the Global Realities that Impact our Communities, Part 1
Considering the Global Realities that Impact our Communities, Part 2
Considering the Global Realities that Impact our Communities, Bibliography
Background: Hillyard Interactive Plan

Utilizing Health Impact Assessment

Louise St-Pierre & Marie-Christine Ross, National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy
Susan Eaton, PATH (People Assessing Their Health)
Jean-Pierre Landriault, Agency for Health and Social Services Montérégie

Utilizing Health Impact Assessement (St-Pierre & Ross)
Community-Driven Health Impact Assessment (Eaton)

Considering and Creating Equity

Shauna McKinnon, Director, Manitoba Office, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Terra Johnston, Provincial Coordinator, Early Development Instrument, Health Child Manitoba Office

EDI Makes Early Childhood Count (Johnston)

Laura Rempel, Livable and Inclusive Communities, Canadian Centre on Disability Issues
Kathleen MacKay, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs for Chief Norman Bone, Keeseekowenin First Nation

Considering and Creating Equity in Communities (Chief Bone)

Increasing Access to Health Eating Choices

Jennell Majeran, Northern Healthy Foods Initative, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs

Northern Healthy Foods Initiative (Majeran)

Kreesta Doucette, Executive Director, Food Matters Manitoba
Food Matters Manitoba (Doucette)
10 Ways to Take Action!

Protecting the Natural Environment

Sopia Rabliauskus, Poplar River First Nation
Protecting the Natural Environment (Rabliauskas)

Cassidy Dankochik & Christine Durocher, Gimli High School
Gimli High School Enviro Club (Dankochik & Durocher)

Shoni Litinski, Community Facilitator, Community-Led Emissions Reduction
Climate Change Connection (Litinsky)

Getting People Outdoors and Active

Beth McKechnie, Coordinator, Workplace Transportation Demand Management, Resource Conservation Manitoba
RCM – Green Commuting Initiatives (McKechnie)

Anders Swanson, Active Transportation Advisory Group
Cory Jackson, Executive Director, Recreation Connections Manitoba

Everybody Gets to Play (Jackson)

Building Community and Connecting Neighbours to Each Other

Lindsey McBain, Program Coordinator for the Prairies and Northern Territories, Canadian CED Network
Christine Paquette, Manitoba Chapter, Canada Green Building Council

Canada Green Building Council (Paquette)

Richard Milgrom, Planners Network Manitoba