Creating a Communications Plan for Your Organization

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Wednesday, April 13
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
College Building, Room 106, 2155 College Avenue, Regina

A communications plan is the map that directs all of the communications work of an organization over a period of time, either short term, long term or both. Communications plans can be developed for organizations as a whole, or for individual projects or events. Communications plans are essential for effectively communicating an organization’s news, events, programs and services effectively to diverse target audiences and stakeholders.

In this workshop, we will cover the essential components of crafting a successful communications plan for your organization or project including:

  • Research and analysis
  • Defining goals and objectives
  • Defining target audiences
  • Defining key messages
  • Creating an implementation plan
  • Creating a budget
  • Evaluation and monitoring

Communications planning is not a mystery, it is a straightforward, step-by-step process that will help you clearly and logically summarize what you want to say to your intended audience and map out how you will deliver that message.

Michelle Brownridge has worked in communications for Sask Culture and OSAC. She owns and operates EMBEE Inc., specializing in graphic design, photography, communications, social media management.

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Liberation and Empowerment through Non-Violent Communication

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Wednesday, March 16
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
College Building, Room 106, 2155 College Avenue, Regina

This workshop will introduce participants to two interrelated concepts: non-violent communication, and accountable communication. The half-day training will provide a theoretical framework from which individuals can learn to communicate from a foundation of accountability and non-violence. Participants will be introduced to aspects of Marshall Rosenberg’s NVC framework as well as a framework developed by the facilitator – Accountable Communication. The workshop will engage participants in a fun and interactive manner. Participants will leave with new insights and some basic communication tools and strategies to enhance interpersonal, professional and organizational communications and relationships.

Facilitator: Raven Sinclair is a member of George Gordon First Nation (Nehiyaw-Cree) of the Treaty #4 area of southern Saskatchewan, Canada. She is an Associate Professor of Social Work with the University of Regina, Saskatoon Campus. Her areas of interest include Indigenous mental health and trauma recovery, research and ethics, Indigenous child welfare and youth suicide, transracial adoption and cultural identity, interpersonal and non-violent communication, lateral violence intervention, group process and facilitation, and critical race theory. Raven has an 11 year-old daughter who keeps her on her toes.

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Volunteer Recruitment and Retention

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Tuesday, February 9
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
College Building, Room 106, 2155 College Avenue, Regina

Volunteering should be a mutually beneficial — and fun — experience. This session will explore how to successfully recruit, manage and retain volunteers. Participants will get an overview on how to stay organized, how to set expectations, volunteer appreciation and how to build a successful team by highlighting individual strengths. There will be plenty of opportunities to explore specific organization volunteer successes and challenges so if you like, come prepared to share.

Melanie Metcalf has been the Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator with the Regina Folk Festival for 6 years. With a volunteer population of over 650 individuals she has had the pleasure to learn that there is a job for everyone and everyone can contribute. In the not-for-profit sector, turnover is common in volunteer management and so with her years of experience she has been fortunate enough to continually improve, develop and maintain a successful volunteer program in ways many haven’t been able to.

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Communicating Effectively across Cultures in the Contemporary Workplace

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Wednesday, January 13
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
College Building, Room 106, 2155 College Avenue, Regina

This workshop takes a reflective, interactive, and constructive approach towards developing and improving intercultural communication skills or intercultural competence. Participants will be introduced to concepts and models pertaining to culture, cultural differences, communication differences, and intercultural competence. They will have the opportunity to develop some awareness about their own cultural identities, differences, biases, and communication styles. They will briefly assess their intercultural competence – knowledge, skills, and attitudes – and consider how they may develop intercultural competence or improve their intercultural competence level in relation to their individual workplace roles, contexts, and goals.

Angeline Chia has facilitated English as a Second/Additional Language programs for international students at the University of Regina and coordinated career development programs for newcomers to Canada at the Regina Open Door Society. Angeline has studied diversity management within a Master’s degree in Education (Human Resource Development) and pursued intercultural communication training to provide quality service to her clients.  She continually learns from her interactions with people from diverse cultural backgrounds to become a more effective intercultural communicator.

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Board Governance: What are we supposed to be doing?

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Wednesday, December 9
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
College Building, Room 106, 2155 College Avenue, Regina

The main topics to be covered in this workshop include: understanding different board models, framework governance, self-governance, operational governance, and advocacy governance, as well as accountabilities, liabilities and protections, board member rights and group dynamics. It touches on charities regulations and offers resources for further exploration. This is an interactive workshop with exercises and small group discussions.

Gloria DeSantis, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice Studies at the University of Regina and the Facilitator of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network at Luther College at the University of Regina. Her areas of interest include social justice, health inequities, human rights and the social change role of the nonprofit sector given its public engagement and advocacy work. Her interests stem from her 25 years of working and volunteering in the sector.

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Employment and Equality Rights in the Workplace

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Tuesday, November 17
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
College Building, Room 106, 2155 College Avenue, Regina

During this session we will review the basic rights in employment standards including hours of work, scheduling, breaks and leaves as well as a number of equality rights including freedom from discrimination and harassment and the right to accommodations. Participants will get an overview of employment rights, information on resources for additional information, strategies to deal with common pitfalls and an opportunity to practice their newly found skills sets.

The Facilitator

Loretta Gerlach has been working with the Career and Professional Development Centre for Continuing Education for ten years. Loretta holds a Master of Arts and a Masters of Human Resource Management from the University of Regina where she also works as a sessional instructor in several areas. She has worked in human resources for several years, mostly in the healthcare sector, but has recently returned to a position she held previously with the Employee Service Centre of the Public Service Commission in the Government of Saskatchewan. Loretta has a passion for excellence in human resources and enjoys working with many groups on the pursuit of continuous improvement.

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Survey Design

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Wednesday, October 21
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
College Building, Room 106, 2155 College Avenue, Regina

This interactive workshop will provide participants with practical information for designing surveys. A well-designed questionnaire should collect information that is relevant to the survey’s purpose, and allow for easy analysis and interpretation of results. The question design and wording should encourage respondents to complete the survey as accurately as possible.  The emphasis of the workshop will be on what makes good questions and how to get the best response to your survey.  The workshop will cover various types of surveys, the different kinds of questions that can be asked, how to design the survey to flow smoothly and, how to avoid common pitfalls of many surveys.

The Facilitator

David Rosenbluth has more than 30 years of experience in conducting evaluations and research projects in the human services. He has worked as a policy analyst and Director of Research and Evaluation for the Ministry of Social Services and has led both national and provincial evaluations of social programs. He has a Ph.D. in sociology.

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Accessing Library Research Resources

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Tuesday, September 15
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
College Building, Room 106, 2155 College Avenue, Regina

Come and learn how we can help you delve more deeply into the key topics that inspire you and your organization.  Many expensive databases and research tools are freely available to community members through the University of Regina Library and the Regina Public Library.  These resources can help you do top quality research.  They will help you learn about your areas of interest and provide you with the latest leading edge research as well as reliable and accurate statistics on almost any topic.

Facilitators:

Robert Thomas has worked as a research librarian at the University of Regina’s Dr. John Archer Library since 2009.  He specializes in humanities and social sciences research.

Andrea Newland is the Manager of Collections and Technical Services with the Regina Public Library.  She oversees the purchasing and processing of new materials (print & electronic) added to the Regina Public Library’s central library and eight branch locations.  Prior to this role, she was the Business Services Librarian with Regina Public Library.  Andrea has been a librarian since 2002 and has worked in many different types of libraries since graduating with a Master of Library Science Degree from the University of Western Ontario.

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Doing Research: Focus Groups and Other Methods

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Monday, June 1
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
College Building, Room 106, 2155 College Avenue, Regina

This interactive workshop will provide you with an overview of the role of research in your work with attention to focus groups as a research tool: what they are, why you might conduct one, how to analyse data, and the advantages and disadvantages of the method. Participants will learn what sort of qualitative data can be gathered through focus groups and how to analyse and use it. Through interactive small-group activities, participants will apply the knowledge gained in the session and get hands-on experience with the method.

Facilitator Michelle Stewart is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice Studies where she teaches in the area of social justice and research methods. Her current research investigates how Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is understood in different groups that work on or are engaged with FASD. Michelle is also the Director of the Community Research Unit. She is dedicated to community-engaged and publicly-available scholarship.

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Branding & Butter

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Tuesday, April 21
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
College Building, Room 106, 2155 College Avenue, Regina

Branding is like butter. How much do you spread on your advertising and marketing and when should it be thin and when should it be thick? Branding seems like such an easy catchphrase that’s been bandied about a lot these days, but how is it applicable and what can it do for your organization? In this time together you’ll gain an understanding of what branding is, how it’s applicable to your organization and interactive exercises that are pertinent right now.

Facilitator Brita Lind is co-owner of GoGiraffeGo Writing & Design Inc., a Regina advertising company that specializes in helping small to medium-sized organizations and not-for-profits hit their sweet spots. She has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, advertising and communications (and dare we say, branding?). She promises she won’t use her previous career as a hockey coach to make you do push-ups.

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