April 2014 E-Bulletin

Welcome to COCo’s April 2014 E-bulletin !

COCo Note

Democratic decision-making in coalitions

Coalitions, regroupements, concertation tables and networks are structures in the community sector that link different community organizations together and allow them to work on the same issues or with the same communities. They are very present in Quebec’s very structured and institutionalized community sector (See In the Know Annex p.24 and the  Autre Montréal Chart), and are one of the ways for communities and movements to organize themselves, often considered as a strategy for advocacy purposes. Over the years, we’ve heard concerns from groups who are involved in, or consider being involved in coalitions, as well as obstacles to such participation. COCo’s Movement Building Lab is looking at opening a conversation about democratic decision-making in coalitions this year to start addressing one of these obstacles.

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COCo Picks: News, Tools, and Tips from the COCo Team!


Thank you for attending the COCo AGM

Thanks to everyone who showed up for our Annual General Meeting on March 27th. It was an inspiring evening of art, cake, discussions, networking, voting with balloons and….yes, even speed dating! We approved an important change in COCo’s membership structure that will affect you all. We’ll tell you more about the AGM and this membership change in the May e-bulletin.

To our outgoing Board members, Claire Abraham and Natalie Chapman, who both made important contributions towards the fulfillment of COCo’s mission in the past couple of years, we thank you and wish you all the best in your future endeavours. You’ll always be part of the COCo extended family!

To our two new Board members, Alice Isac and Eryn Fitzgerald, we’re super excited to have you among us. Welcome to the team! Congratulations to Jon McPhedran Waitzer, who was reelected for a second term on COCo’s Board.

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Result-based impact evaluation: by and for community groups with CFP, Centraide and COCo

Centraide is encouraging groups it funds to do result-based impact evaluations.

If this interests you, you can attend the next information session at the CFP (Centre de Formation Populaire) on April 22nd.

To register, write to France Clavette, info@lecfp.qc.ca

To work in English, ask the CFP about possibilities of working with COCo’s support for the evaluations, or contact us directly: info@coco-net.org (514)-849-5599

Further …

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Just talking: an opportunity to discuss democratic decision-making within multisectoral coalitions

  • What? Just talking: an opportunity to discuss democratic decision-making within multisectoral coalitions (see description below)
  • When? May 13th
  • Where: COCo space
  • Time 18:00-21:00 with some food

Discussing different points of view and making decisions in any group can be tricky business, especially in community and social justice movements. Creating space for everyone’s opinion to be heard and …

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Innoweave grants and coaches

If you’re interested in web-based technology and cloud computing for your organization, you could get an implementation grant from Innoweave to work with one of their registered coaches.Gabriel and Spencer from COCo’s Commun-IT pilot project are both registered coaches with Innoweave. 

” Innoweave provides small grants to help organizations access the coaching that they require to implement …

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Community Events

If you have enabled images for this email then you will see a listing of community events below.  Click on the calendar image below or click here to browse events on the Community Calendar on COCo’s website.

Job Offers

If you have enabled images for this email then you will see a listing of job postings below.  Note that the job postings are presented according to their application deadline, however YOU MUST view the full postings on the COCo website to ensure that you meet the application deadline.

Other Community Postings

Imagine Canada’s Narrative Tool Kit

Imagine Canada recently launched a Tool Kit for the New Narrative.

This work is intended to help organisations speak to various stakeholders and the Canadian Public on what the CNPO sector is all about, what we have done, and most importantly, our impact on the fabric of Canada and Quebec.

The issue sheets in particular …

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People’s Social Forum in Ottawa this summer
Forum Social des Peuples à Ottawa cet été


Resistance. Transformation. Solidarity.

Major issues will be put forth at the People’s Social Forum in Ottawa, from August 21 to 24. It’s a historic event in the context of convergence of several struggles in Canada: the first pan-canadian Social Forum!

An event starting from a grassroots based horizontal organization, a …

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Comprendre l’Incompréhension

Comprendre l’incompréhension is a colloquy, mostly in French, in Quebec City on April 24th on the topic of Health and literacy.


“Le Colloque sur la littératie en santé aura lieu le 24 avril 2014 à l’Université Laval, Québec. Il est organisé par l’Institut de consultation et de recherche en éthique et en droit (ICRED) en collaboration avec …

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3 training topics with ACCÉSSS

ACCÉSSS (Alliance des Communautés Culturelles pour l’Égalité dans la Santé et les Services Sociaux) is offering 3 basic types of training about the elderly.

1. Training for community workers serving increasingly dependent (PALV) or disabled (PADS) elderly from the ethnocultural communities.

2. The problematic of the ethnocultural communities’ elderly and the healthcare and social services network.

3. Training on elder …

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Does your Non-profit need a little extra hired help this summer?

Concordia University is really excited to announce that we have students in the Social Sciences with knowledge, interest, and background in Social Justice.

Would you like help for your summer projects by chance? Do you need funding to pay for a summer student? or are you waiting for Canada Summer jobs to post a job? If you think that some …

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Workshop: How to Animate an Activity or a Group

THURSDAY, APRIL 17th, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How to lead a group discussion? What is the role of the animator? What kind of leadership do we have?

Come discuss and develop your skills.

Registration required: 514-735-9027 Where: 6767, Côte-des-Neiges, room 597, Montreal.

Activity organized in collaboration with SIARI and with the support of the ministère de l’Immigration et des …

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Whether for your family or workplace, let’s develop together the tools to better understand the steps needed to organize an activity.

THURSDAY, APRIL 10th, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: 514-735-9027 where: 6767, Côte-des-Neiges, room 597, Montreal.

Activity organized in collaboration with SIARI and with the support of the ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles du Québec.

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