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John Lord, May 5th, “Creating Conversations and Community”

April 1, 2010

Creating Conversations and Community 

A One Day Workshop with John Lord

on  How People and Communities are

Building a New Story with Vulnerable Citizens

Spectrum’s “101 Friends” Personal Support Networks project is excited to host  popular workshop facilitator, author and speaker John Lord for a one day only event.    We think John is something of a national treasure for our field.    A limited number of tickets are available.  Registration: 110.00 (some subsidies for families and self-advocates available)

9 – 4, Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Hilton Vancouver Metrotown

6083 McKay Avenue

Burnaby, BC V5H 2W7 Canada

Please contact Judy at or 604-323-1433 or

 reserve your space online

This workshop will explore:-      The emergence of a New Story – key values and principles-      The role of conversation in creating transformative change-      Key elements in building the New Story–       The power of relationships in building capacity of individuals, families, and communities      Across Canada and around the world, people and communities are engaging fellow citizens in conversations about how we build inclusive, welcoming communities. This work is beginning to lead to new ways of thinking and acting related to how we support people who are vulnerable because of disability, chronic illness, or aging. John Lord has called this a New Story because it transforms us and the supports we construct in community.Join John for this inspiring workshop and engage with others in meaningful conversations about change.

John Lord, workshop leader from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, has been a pioneer in research and practice related to innovation in the world of disability and community for thirty years. John is a family member and was the founding director of the Centre for Community Based Research. He is currently a partner in the Facilitation Leadership Group, which provides training, coaching, and consultation on the New Story. John is the author of numerous publications; his book is Pathways to Inclusion: Building a New Story with People and Communities is widely used across Canada as a guide for creating conversations and community.

His latest book Impact: Changing the Way we View Disability will be released in April.

Spectrum Society’s “101 Friends” Personal Support Network Project began three years ago with a small six month CLBC grant and a vision of supporting folks with disabilities to expand and deepen their connections in their communities.   

We’ve learned so much from the folks we’ve talked to, their families, friends, the teams and agencies that support them, and have been able to meet with and talk to more than 1600 people all around the province.   We’ve also been gratified to connect with and host events with leaders in the area of community connection, like David Pitonyak and Jayne Barrett; stay in touch for upcoming events with David, John Lord and Michael Kendrick in 2010. 

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“If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.”

Margaret Mead


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