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City and partners to host discussion on catalyzing social connections

December 7 2016

Creating real value for real people

On Thursday, December 8, the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health and Metro Vancouver are presenting CONNECT: Catalyzing a Social Movement, an action-oriented forum aimed at sharing tools, research and practice related to the impact our built and social environments have on social connection. CONNECT includes a range of activities throughout the day.

CONNECT event details

  • Time:  December 8 from 12 noon until 9:00 pm
  • Where: Museum of Vancouver

What is CONNECT?

CONNECT brings together community champions, regional stakeholders, and systems builders to explore the impact we can collectively have on connection and belonging. The forum launches a series of events aiming to energize a movement around social connectedness in the Metro Vancouver region.

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Some topics that will be addressed in afternoon learning sessions at the forum

Happy homes

How can we boost social connections in multi-family housing?

Host: Charles Montgomery of Happy City

Connected neighbours

How can we adopt and adapt San Francisco’s successful Neighbourhood Empowerment Network to enhance community resilience in the region?

Hosts: Daniel Homsey, Director, Neighbourhood Empowerment Network, City and County of San Francisco; GL Hodge, Engaged citizen and NEN Champion from San Francisco; Tyrone Jue, Special Advisor on Environment to the Mayor of San Francisco.


How do we accelerate inclusion of hard-to-reach populations?

Hosts: Amil Reddy of QMUNITY and Richard Drake of SPEC's Elder Circle.

What role does arts and culture have in creating more engaged and connected communities?

Hosts: Marcus Youssef, Artistic Director, Neworld Theatre and Niall McNeil, Playwright and Actor.

How do you measure social connection?

Hosted by Meg Holden of SFU, Sophie Fung Graduate Research Assistant at SFU, and Maritia Gully Regional Epidemiologist at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.