tinaFacebookBannerIf you haven’t heard, Tina Clarke is coming  to Guelph and we are pretty excited. The last few weeks have been a mad dash to plan events, let people know, and generally prepare for the international Transition Trainer to be with us this weekend. Being relatively new to Transition Guelph, I haven’t had a chance to meet Tina before so I’m especially excited to meet the woman that everyone speaks so highly about.

Introducing Tina…

Since becoming a Certified Transition Trainer in 2008, Tina has worked with over 120 Transition communities, given 42 of the official Transition weekend courses in the U.S. and Canada, and provided hundreds of Transition presentations. That’s no small feat for a movement that is growing so quickly all over the world. Tina draws experience from her background as a trainer, program director, and consultant. During her years prior to full time work with Transition, she supported and guided leaders in 400 local, national, regional, and local organizations. She’s worked with faith-based communities, Greenpeace USA, the Veterans Education Program, the Western Mass Funding Recourse Center, and more. She’s worked on campaigns dealing with energy and environmental justice. More recently she’s participated with 350.org and the Sustainability Institute as a consultant. With a background so diverse and accomplished, it’s no surprise that Tina’s reputation proceeds her.

Collaboration, Resiliency, and the Transition Movement

On Friday evening, we are hosting a public event where Tina will share her thoughts on “all things Transition”. If you’re new to the Transition model, Tina can give you insight into the movement to help explain what Transition Guelph is all about. If you’re more familiar with the movement, you can be inspired by Tina’s insight and learn how we can keep our local initiative moving forward. Tina will be talking about how we can work together as a community, and what a more resilient community could look like in Guelph. I am both ready and incredibly excited for a healthy dose of inspiration and energy that I think Tina will bring to this event!

Transition Guelph Workshops

Over the weekend, Transition Guelph members (that could be you!) will have the opportunity to work with Tina in a number of workshops to look at our local initiative, see where we are, and take aim to improve in the future! On Saturday, we’ll be meeting to talk about Sharing, Creating, and Working Together at 10 Carden from 9 am to 12 noon. During this workshop, we’ll be talking about how to be effective in our working groups and looking at each member’s individual gifts that can help the movement. On Saturday afternoon, we’ll reconvene at Tytler Public School to chat about Charting the Future: Assessment and Direction from 1:30 pm to 4 pm. During this workshop, we’ll focus on roles and responsibilities within Transition Guelph and look at the future of the organization to make sure we are on track!

On Sunday, the workshops will continue again at 9 am to 12 noon at 10 Carden to meet with the new steering group and existing board members to look at how we can effectively work together and ensure that people are comfortable in their roles. We’ll also talk about how the two groups can work together. If you’re interested in being part of the steering group, please try your best to attend this workshop! In the afternoon, we are back at Tytler from 1:30 pm to 4 pm to start Resilience Festival 2015 planning! We’ll also be looking at how to effectively run Transition Guelph events to make sure that everyone gets the most out of them. If you’ve been interested in getting involved with TG but didn’t know where to start, this will be a great workshop for you!

Come and Be Inspired!

Over the last few months, I’ve met a lot of people that didn’t know what Transition Guelph was about. Some people have never heard of the Transition movement (we are working on changing that!!) and other have strange ideas about what the movement is all about. Coming out to any of these events is a great way to learn more and what  Transition Guelph is up to and where we are moving! You can register for the talk tomorrow on Eventbrite, or just come to the door! All are welcome. Hope to see you there!