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We are Nature

  • Mount Royal University 4825 Mount Royal Gate Southwest: Lincoln Park Room (J301) Calgary, AB, T3E 6K6 Canada (map)

 We Are Nature is a partnership with Alberta Innovates and City of Calgary. Presentations will include: Good Grief, Planting Seeds, The Alex Community Food Centre, Common Digs, Forest Lawn Library Nature Playground, Walk 150: Building and Connecting Communities through Walking. 

Learn skills and develop techniques for using nature and recreation to promote community inclusion and hear about nature programs aimed at improving the lives of isolated and vulnerable community individuals or groups such as people with developmental disabilities, older adults or institutionalized adults and children. Gain access to current research and thinking in the field of nature inclusivity projects and network with social innovators focused on developing new projects 

Featuring guest speakers:

Al Etmansky:

Al Etmanski is a community organizer, social entrepreneur and author. He is a founding partner of Social Innovation Generation (SiG) and BC Partners for Social Impact. As co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) he proposed and led the campaign to establish the world's only disability savings plan - the RDSP. Al is an Ashoka fellow, and a faculty member of John McKnight’s Asset Based Community Development Institute (ABCD). He was recently awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.

Vicki Commack:: Vickie is a social entrepreneur dedicated to strengthening community and addressing isolation. She is interested in contributing to research, projects and organizations that are focussed on people connecting to and caring for one another. She has practical experience using business and social means to scale solutions and I am interested in collaborating with others who are navigating this new territory.

Vickie Cammack and Al Etmanski have spent the last dozen years studying the field of social innovation to learn more about impact. They have discovered that people with disabilities and their families have a distinct talent for achieving impact. They have “impact-ability” because they are continuously inventing and creating their way out of adversity.