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  • Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 07:00 PM · 4 rsvps

    Online Workshop: Engaging my Organization

    This one hour workshop is a chance to bring your ideas and questions for engaging your organization in action for the common good. 

    We will review best practices and then make time to ask questions and think through the next step of our action plans together.

    This is an online workshop.  We will be using ZOOM software.  The link will be sent to those who have registered for this workshop.


  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 07:00 PM · 30 rsvps
    To be announced in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    MVA Annual General Meeting


    Please join us for the Metro Vancouver Alliance 2018 Annual General Meeting and Delegates’ Assembly.  We will be holding elections for the MVA Board and welcoming new and long-standing member organizations. Please RSVP to attend.

    The AGM will review MVA’s active and eventful year campaigning on affordable housing, income justice, accessible transit and social inclusion and set our focus for the coming year.

    Help MVA take action on this agenda and plan for the year to come.


  • Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 09:00 AM · 5 rsvps
    To be announced in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Workshop: Easing the discomfort of tough conversations


    Easing the discomfort of tough conversations: Staying steady and creative under pressure

    Standing up for the common good is what MVA does best. When we’re organizing, we’re:

    • Listening to people and hearing how they’re struggling
    • Speaking up when everyone is watching
    • Having tough conversations among ourselves as well as others

    We are passionate about this work, but it can also get uncomfortable. When we are negotiating with power, our bodies can be instinctively active in the background and we wish they weren’t. We often feel stretched into zones of discomfort.  The stomach gets queasy; we feel jittery or our jaw tightens; we might go blank or get teary at the very wrong time. Telling yourself to relax doesn’t settle these instinctive responses.

    Physical reactions need physical strategies.

    Session learning objectives:

    1. Improve the effectiveness of your delivery.  By learning techniques to work with our instincts and nervous system, you’ll think more clearly and creatively.  Your communication will be more effective.
    2. Decrease the impact of these stressors on your body. You’ll learn to reduce the tensions right in the moment, improving your resilience and better equipping you for healthy activism for the long haul.

    What to expect:

    We’ll start with stories to explain the techniques, a little of the theory behind them, and why they improve our resilience.  You’ll get ample time to practice these tools that you will take away to use next time you need them.

    Time: March 30, 2019, 9am-12:30am. Registration at 8:45am.

    Location - BCGEU Lower Mainland Office - 2029 Virtual Way. Entrance off Hebb and Renfrew.

    COST: $25 per participant suggested donation. Maximum capacity is 22 people. Please RSVP to confirm your spot and bring cash or cheque to the workshop.

    Shayna Hornstein, B.Sc. (Reg. P.T.) is an adult educator and somatic coach and is fascinated by how our animal instincts can be mobilized to help instead of hinder our movements. Her organizational development work improves resilience and workplace communication. Lately she’s worked with public sector unions and early childhood educators.  She’s been involved with MVA for a couple of years and is an active volunteer with Dogwood.



  • Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at 07:00 PM
    St. James Anglican in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    (Re)development 101 for Churches: Housing Civic Academy (Part 1)

    April 2, 7-9pm, Saint James’ Anglican Church, 303 E. Cordova Street, Vancouver

    Most faith leaders are not housing development experts, yet many congregations own valuable, underdeveloped property that allows them to consider new possibilities for the future of their organization. Come participate in a power analysis of development in the region. We will examine the tools used by developers, municipalities, and non-profit partners to deliver housing. We will look at where landowning churches fit into this picture, and we will strategize about development plans that can help you make decisions on your own terms and live out your values as a faith organization.

    This event is by registration only. Register online at and make note of your member organization, or email to request an invitation.

    Venue details: Tea and refreshments will be served. This venue has an accessible side entrance and an accessible, universal washroom. Location is easily accessible by transit and meter parking is available at low rates.

    We gratefully acknowledge that this event takes place on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.

  • Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    To be announced in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Community Land Trusts: Housing Civic Academy (Part 2)

    Community Land Trusts: Housing Civic Academy (Part 2)

    April 27, 10am-3pm, Location TBD


    Community Land Trusts have proven track records for affordable housing provision in both the US and the UK, and there is a growing movement for CLTs in Canada. What are CLTs, and how can MVA member organizations help bring this innovative model to the region? Join us to develop your understanding of the CLT model and help map out the path to community-led housing solutions.


    Morning session

    • Understanding the CLT model
    • Building community governance into housing
    • Unlocking perpetual affordability


    Break (lunch provided)


    Afternoon session

    • Mapping out land-sources for CLTs
    • Advocating for enabling legislation
    • Setting priorities for a CLT working group


    This event is by registration only. Register online at and make note of your member organization, or email to request an invitation.


    We gratefully acknowledge that this event takes place on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.

  • Monday, May 13, 2019 at 10:00 AM through May 17, 2019 · 2 rsvps
    UBC - Walter Gage Residence in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    5 Day Organizing Institute

    Join civil society leaders from Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton, Calgary, Portland, Seattle, Spokane, and Missoula for 5 days of inspirational connection and community organizing training. 

    We will come representing our faith, labour, community and academic institutions with the bold purpose of learning the skills to act together for the common good.

    For over 40 years the Industrial Areas Foundation has been holding leadership training sessions for members of broad-based organizations across the US and more recently in Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. These sessions provide a thorough introduction to the organizing practices and principles developed by Industrial Areas Foundation member organizations in its 75-year history.

    These International and Regional Institutes are intended for two groups of people:

    1) Leaders or active members of a local IAF affiliate who have attended local Leadership Institutes and are interested in developing their leadership skills

    2) Leaders of institutions who are actively exploring membership in an IAF affiliate.

    Registration: By April 12 – Complete the online registration link that will be provided to your local organizer, and arrange for payment. Checks should be made out to IAF Northwest. Credit cards accepted.

    Cost: $800 US or $1000 CAD per person. Includes all meals and single occupancy room; Participants cover their own travel costs.

    What attendees are saying about the IAF Leadership Institutes:

    “I was incredibly impressed by the quality of the training. I gained a lot of insight into and new perspectives on the work we are doing in the Alliance. What really made the training most meaningful, however, were the other leaders I had the chance to meet, both from MACG and other IAF NW organizations. The stories of their struggles and successes are truly inspiring and I was humbled to be in their presence.”

    Linda Boise Havurah Shalom, Portland

    “I learned how to draw on the strength of my story to break down barriers and establish common ground with people from very different backgrounds. I use this skill in meetings with the union members I represent and find it very rewarding to be able to help others develop as leaders.”

    Carolyn Pope United Food & Commercial Workers Local 21, Spokane

Member Institutions Accomplishments IAF Northwest


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