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Playing with Water

An unexpected collaboration occurred at the Nature of Self Retreat in early September. Water came to play! The end of the retreat, which is usually closed with a fireside ceremony, was rained out. We emerged from the forest to a petite downpour. We gave thanks to the water for showering and cleansing us. Water was definitely the dominant element of the day! Watch the video.

Play Eat Plunge

There is nothing better than getting together with a circle of friends after a long hiatus. VividLife.me Founder and Author, Shayne Traviss, celebrated his birthday and anniversary at The Hive Centre and Stay with close friends who were treated to a delicious meal, singing, dancing and cold creek plunging. Take a look at a short video of the event.

Wild Views

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

Calling Us Home

Like many of you, I am shifting – gently figuring out my place in this new world while attempting to stay healthy and support and sustain the needs of my family. If we let our instincts and interests guide us, I think we will forge new and innovative paths that are in alignment with ourselves, the earth and all beings. Read the newsletter.

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 Elsii@TheHiveCentre.ca to register.

Re-Setting Reality

It feels like the world is on pause... nature and our true nature is calling. We can live in fear and let this amplify our disconnection with each other or we can go inward, focus on the things that matter, get healthy and cultivate compassion. Read the March edition of Elsii E-News.

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.

Holi Celebration

Sometimes special people come along and give you what you didn't know you needed. What an incredible gift from Shayne Traviss and Timm - a Holi Celebration at the Timm David Shampoo Company. It was a feast for the senses - kundalini movement, meditative music, indian cuisine, flower confetti and a community of people to celebrate with. So much gratitude. View the video.

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.

Toronto Bloggers at The Hive

A magical night and day with amazing writers/artists from Toronto Bloggers Collective. We played, explored, learned and, shared. Than you for a delicious vegan meal from Copper Branch Bowmanville and Twenty 1 Desserts. Big thanks Central Counties Tourism, York Durham Headwaters & Durham Tourism and everyone who made it happen! View the video.

Roaring 20s

Thanks to friends Frank & Kim Auddino, we attended the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise 1920's themed fundraising event. I have a strong connection to this era — I was certainly transported through sound and sight. The costumes were incredible and the atmosphere at Heydenshore Pavillion in Whitby was transformed. It was a night to let loose and enjoy dancing, gambling and mingling with a great group of people. View a short video of the event.

In Like a Lion

Every decade has an essence. The 1920s were about modernity, technology and consumerism. 100 yrs later, we are seeing the impacts of this movement. 2020 has come in like a lion — my hope is that we go out like a lamb in 2029 — let's make good choices and set the tone! Read the February Edition.

Visioning 2020

I find that the best way to gain insight is to go inward.. and there is no better guide than nature. The process of going inwards helps me be the person I need to be – to go to the heart of a challenge no matter how difficult and to vision the next best steps for me. Read the Jan edition of Elsii E-News.

Housing and Homes

Durham Region Non-Profit Housing Corporation is working on a pilot project to bring affordable micro homes to the region. A 320 sq ft converted shipping container home currently resides in the DRNPHC parking lot in Oshawa. The compact home is completely accessible and has everything that is needed to live with dignity at an affordable cost. 1COMMUNITY1 is excited to continue working with DRNPHC to help them advance the important goals of their organization.

Art with Heart For over a month, we honoured and remembered at The Hive. During a special day with Mayan Spiritual Guide, Nan Shuni Giron, guests created nature art to commemorate loved ones. The works were hung from a tree and later offered to the fire. View the video. 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.
Art and Innovation I learned many skills in art school that have been essential throughout my entrepreneurial journey. Critical thinking and creativity top the list. Being a conceptual artist is a lot like being an entrepreneur. Without creativity and critical thinking, there is no innovation. Read Elsii E-News. Humanizing Tech It's been one year since I committed to getting out into the community and sharing my perspectives. What a journey it's been – the best part has been to learn about the needs and strengths of the community and to connect with diverse people throughout the region. Through 1COMMUNITY1 and The Hive we are working on solutions with partners that integrate the best of humanity with the best of technology. Read Elsii E-News. Honouring Linda On Nov 23, we will be holding an event to celebrate our friend Linda, a significant contributor to the arts and culture scene in Durham. If you would like to honour her legacy, please join us. It would have been Linda's 70th birthday 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. 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... #loveyourlocal We were at the AWCCU Financial's #LoveYourLoval Pop-Up Market in September! It was wonderful place to connect with residents and local businesses. Take a look at photos of the event via Empty Cup Media. It's Still Summer! There are 19 more days of summer and I am committed to participating in experiences that celebrate the season. For me the best part of summer is walking with bare feet, feeling the warmth and comfort of the sun, connecting with bodies of water, observing plant life and consuming nutrient rich wild food. Click to read the latest edition of my newsletter. Love Your Local Representing The Hive Centre and Bee & Bee - my partner and I will will be in Oshawa at AWCCU Financial's #LoveYourLoval Pop-Up Market on Thursday, September 12 from 4-8pm in Oshawa! Hope to see you there! 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! 1C1, DC, Clarington Recently, Ali Hirji, Project Manager of the AI Hub at Durham College, my partner and I met with Mayor Foster, Clarington and CBOT representatives for discussions related to AI initiatives in our municipality. We look forward to exciting times ahead! The I in Mission This picture of me is at the new Spark Centre location in Oshawa. Although accidental, I love the placement of my body in relation to the word "mission" behind me. I think everyone has something special and unique to communicate to the world. What is your mission and how do you deliver your message? Read the May edition of Elsii E-News. Hail the Honey Bee! Industrious Hive's are arising to fuel economic development in the Durham Region. We attended the Spark Centre opening to celebrate their beautiful new space in downtown Oshawa. We were thrilled to see the Hive and Honey Bee theme everywhere! At Home in Durham We have been out and about quite a lot – learning from local businesses, attending community functions and enjoying attractions in the region. I hope you take time to get to know the incredible people, places and spaces right here in the Durham Region. Click to read Elsii E-News. A Quiet Retreat Our hometown of ‘lil ole Leskard has an interesting history! Big thanks to Orono Weekly Times and author Karen Cashin for including The Hive Centre and Bee & Bee in this spotlight on Leskard. 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! UOIT Capstone Project A UOIT Capstone project by Faculty of Business and Information Technology students helped the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre develop a new, interactive youth-oriented employment game called emplay. I was delighted to be part of the team! "emplay" was nominated for a $5000 Capstone award and was praised from an educational and technological perspective at "Level Up 2013". Learn more. Black History Month in Durham On behalf of the Durham Welcome Centres, it was a privilege to help coordinate activities related to Black History Month. In collaboration with the Congress of Black Women of Canada (CBWC), the Whitby Public Library and Cultural Expressions Art Gallery, we held a panel discussion about the past, present and future of the black community. 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. Fresh into February January was a storm of activity with much needed days of rest and play in between. Fresh into February and looking forward to what this month has in store! Click to read Elsii E-News. 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. What Community Wants My partner and I have been out in the community representing the corporation that we founded in 2009 – 1COMMUNITY1. We've been listening to the concerns, needs and wants of the community and will be using the feedback to evolve 1C1. Read the November edition of Elsii E-News. 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.   Durham College Advisory Since 2016, I have been part of Durham College's Food & Farming Program Advisory Committee as Co-owner/Director of The Hive Centre and Bee & Bee. I offer insight about food trends and sustainable business practices within the industry and community. The Hive is thrilled to support Durham College's field-to-fork programs. UpNext Durham I have been involved with UpNext Durham since it began as UpNext Ajax. It is an exciting 3-week Digital Skills Development Program that offers youth in Durham Region the opportunity to gain real world experience and skills. Support a young person by letting them know about UpNext Durham. Connecting Community I help build supportive and inclusive communities that encourage connection and celebrate individuality and culture. Every year, The Hive and 1COMMUNITY1 sponsor a potluck community gathering for anyone who would like to attend. We would love to see you! Dates TBA Witness for Bill S-7 I was honoured to present to the Citizenship and Immigration Committee regarding proposed amendments to Bill S-7 - an Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Civil Marriage Act and the Criminal Code and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.