October 2016 newsletter


photo courtesy Brian Stevens

The Engage team was out and about in September—talking to international students about Share Thanksgiving at the Mayor's welcome and the Dal Volunteer Expo, offering pumpkin pie tarts at the Halifax Central Library, joining a Welcome BBQ on the South Commons, and meeting with folks at the Office of Immigration, ISANS, Immigration Francophone Nova Scotia, the YMCA, the United Way, and Pier 21. Finally, we returned to the Dal campus to close out September with a series of events on the realities of “Tough Collaboration,” offered by visitors Adam Kahane and Ian Prinsloo. 

We need more hosts for Share Thanksgiving

STtable.jpgShare Thanksgiving has grown! More guests have signed up this year than the last two years combined! In all regions of the province, international students, and other newcomers are eager to be welcomed for Thanksgiving dinner. If you would like to host a family or student, register by October 5.

If you have already signed up but haven’t yet heard from us, rest assured. Our volunteer matchmakers are working hard and will be in touch shortly.

Remember to share your pictures and stories on Twitter over Thanksgiving weekend at #sharethanksgiving.

 Collaboration—does it have to be so tough?

lego.jpgA collaboration gets tough when it becomes clear just how differently the other people think—whether it’s our children, partner, colleagues, or other Nova Scotians trying to move our province forward. On September 26-28 Adam Kahane and Ian Prinsloo led a series of events that included a workshop for five multi-stakeholder teams actively working on collaborations that promise to break new ground for our province.

At the workshop we were pushed and stretched to see all the ways we get stuck. We learned that collaboration isn’t always the best option, that the first place to make change is in ourselves, and we need to “learn like a dolphin” as we navigate multiple expectations and changing terrain. Watch for news about Adam Kahane’s forthcoming book Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust. Many thanks to Dalhousie University for helping make this event possible.


Join us at the inaugural Halifax Spur Festival

October 28-30

rita-deverell.jpgSpur is a series of forward-looking, solution-focused discussions and performances designed to spur Canadians to action on issues affecting us all. The festival includes debates and conversations, walking tours and film screenings, a new comedy by renowned playwright Daniel MacIvor, and much more.

Thanks to its many sponsors, Spur Halifax events are either free or priced for accessibility. Register now to ensure your place in this festival of politics, art and ideas. For a menu of events visit the website.


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