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Wild Views

Coming Soon! Exploring All Things Barefoot, Wild + Free. Hosted by Shayne Traviss + Elsii Faria

Queen Bee

The Hive is honoured to be featured in the latest edition of the Spark Centre's Business & Innovation Magazine. I love the layout, imaging and content... and we are in good company with many amazing community builders and innovators from our region. Read the Queen Bee article on pp. 38-39 to find out a little about how The Hive came to be. Big thanks to Central Counties Tourism for the photos on p. 39 via Barry Best Photography

A Hearty Laugh

A hearty laugh before the “Let’s Chat” video call lead by Your Vivid Life’s Shayne Traviss. So grateful to share thoughts about sustainability via The Hive Centre and 1COMMUNITY1. It was a full zoom room with interesting perspectives and insights on how people are navigating this unchartered territory. What a great ending with Jeremiah Hill’s beautiful version of “Feeling Good”. #ItsANewDawn #ItsANewDay

Let’s Chat!

Lead by VividLife’s Shayne Traviss, we will be engaging in a much needed conversation on May 14th at 7pm EST to discuss what we are experiencing, how we feel about it, and how we can create a more sustainable world inside and out. Join my dear friend Shayne Traviss, with a Special Musical performance by Jeremiah Hill, and I for an inspirational and interactive chat. Email to register.

Going UP!

The first UP! Sales Talk of the year was bigger and better with more than 200 people registered for event in Ajax. Ryan Smolkin of Smoke's Poutinerie, Audrey Jamieson of Marketing Kitchen and Mark & Carissa Stewart of WonderMakr did not disappoint! They offered insight, entertainment and value to everyone who attended.  Click to view some of the media from the March event.

citizen + business + government

Designed to help entrepreneurs learn how to grow financially, Community Innovation Lab offers a full day of learning and inspiration at the Finance UNConference. Between 4:15pm - 5:15pm, I will be holding a Masterclass workshop on how citizens, businesses and government can work together to create high value communities. Join us on February 26th at the Durham College Centre for Food. Click to learn more.

Innovations in Safety
Access IO - an incredible initiative in the Durham Region to showcase new technologies, support innovation, promote investment and grow the Canadian economy - focused on Community Safety and Well Being in November. Investors, government representatives and community stakeholders gathered at Whitby Fire Department's HQ to hear from several startup companies that are developing innovative technologies for first responders, health and safety industries. View media from the event.
Fireside with Female Founders
As part of the Do It in Durham line-up, the Spark Centre held a fireside chat with strong female founders at Little Beasts Brewing Co. in Whitby. CEO of the Spark Centre, Sherry Colbourne moderated a discussion with a panel of amazing women including Carissa Stewart of Wondermakr, Diane Kellow of Durham Recruiting,  Natasha Cultraro of Investor’s Choice Property Management and Erin Broadfoot of Little Beasts. View the video.
DC and 1C1 Kickoff Soon!
We had the absolute pleasure of working with Durham College DC ORSIE / AI Hub students through a CVTA grant. The personable, knowledgeable and competent team helped create the structural foundation for the 1COMMUNITY1 on-line platform. The purpose is to connect citizen, business and government on a municipal level. As of November 11 the first phase of the project was completed... A kick-off is coming soon!
Dnext in Durham
Dnext, an innovation and investors summit, was held at the Ontario Tech University at the Automotive Centre for Excellence. Woven throughout the conference was dialogue about the human element in relation to technology. My favourite part - Mike Downie! Amazing things happening in the DR. Click to view a short video.
Launch of Equation Angels
On October 10th, three dynamic angel groups from Southern Ontario – the Golden Triangle Angel Network (Kitchener-Waterloo), Angel One (Burlington), South Western Ontario Angels (London) combined to create Equation Angels, the second-largest angel investor network in Canada. 1COMMUNITY1 was the media partner for the event. View photos and videos.
Absolute Authenticity
Absolute Authenticity? Well, it's a goal and I work at it. My friend, Shayne Traviss, has helped me along the way. It is a rare individual who will tell you exactly what he thinks. I came to realize that Shayne's messages were gifts and have been immeasurably helped by them as have many others. Shayne's book Your Vivid Life: An Invitation to Live a Radically Authentic Life hits is available on October 8th!
Chronic Pain & Cannabis
Last month, Wayne Cockburn, President and COO of The Clinic Network Canada Inc., a leading provider of chronic pain management services including medical cannabis in Canada, was the guest speaker at UP! Series Sales Talks. For the first time since I have attended, participants were more interested in the product than the sales strategies! View the overview video or the entire presentation.
Evolution of Employment
My partner and I attended and documented the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre's (DRUHC) 36th Annual General Meeting in September. Guest Speaker, Angela Hoyt, spoke of significant changes to employment service delivery in Ontario over the next couple of years. Addressing the needs of employers and job seekers through innovation and collaboration will be key! Click to view a short video of the event.
College & Community
1COMMUNITY1 partnered with Durham College DC ORSIE and the AI Hub in the development of 1C1 technology designed to create meaningful connections between citizen, business and government on a municipal level. Phase I of the project is almost complete thanks to the amazing team at DC and generous funding via the College Voucher for Technology Adoption (CVTA), Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). This is just the beginning...
Security at CISO
I was fortunate to be invited to attend CISO Forum Canada in Niagara Falls. The high-level 2-day event organized by siberX, EC-Council and Durham College ORSIE Department and the AI Hub was truly impressive, full of useful information, perspectives, great food and company – including a large contingent of government and business representatives from the Durham Region. View the 1C1 video.
wonderMaker Change Makers
Last month, we met the wonderMaker Change Makers – Mark Stewart and Carissa Ball Stewart. It is wonderful to get to know many of the amazing people right here in our backyard.... grateful for opportunities to learn from others and connect in the real-world at the UP! Series Sales Talks. Click to view the media elements from the June event.
Durham College Collaboration
We are moving ahead on a collaborative project with Durham Colleges AI Hub under the direction and guidance of Vibha Tyagi. Big thanks to Mayor Adrian Foster and the Municipality of Clarington for endorsing and supporting our joint efforts! More info soon.
Access IO @ OPG
1COMMUNITY1 was thrilled to attend and help document the Access IO @ Ontario Power Generation event – an invitation-only, high-energy and high-impact  to support innovation and grow the Canadian economy. Click to view Access iO @ Ontario Power media from the event.
UP! Series Sales Talk Sponsor
1COMMUNITY1 is thrilled to sponsor the UP! Series Sales Talks in collaboration with the Business Advisory Centre of Durham (BACD), Del Duca / Auddino, RBC Wealth Management and Town of Whitby. For us, it is the perfect collaboration. Each sponsor has a role to play and does it very well!
Community and Economy
Through 1COMMUNITY1, we are working on a special assignment with the Town of Ajax, Economic Development Department. We have been speaking with business owners and CEOs to learn about the key factors that help their businesses succeed. The theme that continuously surfaces is the importance of community in building and growing business. More soon!
What Makes You You?
What a different world it would be if we were able to use our strengths, abilities and interests to service ourselves and our communities? I love hearing people talk about what makes them tick - there are so many around us with talents unknown. View the video.
Guest Speaker at BDC
On January 22nd, 2019, I was a Guest Speaker at the BDC WE Talk Business Boot Camp for female founders. I shared my entrepreneurial journey and offered insights into being a business owner. Special thanks to Community Innovation Lab for making the connection! Click to view the video.
DRUHC_ENews e-updates for Business
At 1COMMUNITY1, I help businesses and not-for-profits engage with new and existing clients through visualized e-updates containing useful, relevant and interesting information. View Employment E-News - a monthly e-newsletter that helps position DRUHC as experts in their field.
On Community Engagement
On Nov 28th, the Business & Professional Women of Durham (BPW Durham) hosted a dinner meeting with the them of engagement. As the guest speaker, I explored what community engagement means, shared best practices and potential solutions. Interested in learning more about community engagement for your business? Connect with me.  
Communications Strategy
Developed and executed a marketing and communications strategy for the Durham Welcome Centres including a brand update, a refreshed monthly e-news and printed publication, program recommendations and partner building. I can help your business. Connect with me.
Marketing for DRUHC
1COMMUNITY1 provides marketing, design and technological support for the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre (DRUHC). In 2017, we launched an accessible, user-friendly website with up-to-date content, imaging and technology. The site includes a Job Portal for employers to post positions and for job seekers to search for positions. Visit the website.
Marketing & Outreach
As the Marketing Director for 1COMMUNITY1, I work with organizations to develop marketing and communication initiatives that offer exposure and increase engagement, as well as strengthen brand and stakeholder relations. Learn more by connecting with me.