Upcoming Workshops & Events

Tapping into Resiliency through Storytelling (TRTS)

Explore with us how to go from surviving to thriving at Communities 4 Families’ two-part resiliency virtual workshop.

Join us virtually, Tuesday, August 10th and Thursday, August 12th, at no cost to Downtown agencies and organizations.

Storytelling has been around for millennia, not only for entertainment but as a way of imparting education, connection, and empowerment. Stories help us reflect on and overcome our challenges and develop resiliency skills like empathy, diversity, gratitude, and many more. We wanted to discover ways of bringing resiliency and storytelling together, and there has never been a more critical time to do so. Throughout the pandemic, our resiliency have been put to the test. Communities 4 Families’ workshop helps participants reflect and explore the many ways to build on their resiliency skills through the lens of each oral story we share.

Date: Tuesday, August 10th and Thursday, August 12th

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Online via Zoom (participants will be emailed the login details after registering)

Cost: Free to Downtown agencies

Recommended Participants: 

  • Community leaders and administrators
  • Family support practitioners
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Child care centre administrators
  • Program leaders and facilitators


Day 1: Personal Resiliency

  • Defining resiliency through images, stories, and reflections
  • Benefits of Storytelling
  • Internal and External Resiliency

Day 2: Community Resiliency

  • Community as a protective factor
  • Reflecting on personal and community agency
  • Exploring challenges in enhancing resiliency

Please register here. 

Quotations from previous workshop participants:

“I wasn’t expecting the topic of resiliency in itself to be so thoroughly discussed with the focus on ourselves. I have attended workshops where our own mental health as community service providers isn’t addressed. Yet we can’t give from an empty bucket. So it was very refreshing that that was covered. And although there were several stories that were introduced, which ultimately can be shared with children, the messages within these stories is for our own growth as well.”

“By using animals and specific themes, storytelling allowed us to address systemic and cultural challenges without pointing blame at certain groups. This created a pathway through difficult conversations. Within this workshop it allowed us to reflect on personal and communal experiences where we have faced adversity and how to overcome it.”