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Upcoming Workshops

In an effort to meet the ongoing training needs and to best support Yukon non-profit agencies, VBY offers regular training in Whitehorse and on-line training workshops covering all topics of importance to non-profits. If you or your agency has a request for specific training needs, please contact VBY and we will do our best to offer a training session on your suggested issue or topic.

A number of local professionals, who specialize in various areas of interest to non-profit agencies’ Boards and staff, donate their time to deliver training workshops to VBY members throughout Yukon.

List of upcoming workshops/Presentations.  (updated on February 6th, 2019):


  1. Public Engagement, March 27 at the Francophone centre, 10:00 am to noon. Volunteer Trainer Patti Balsillie
  2. Building Advocacy Campaign, TBA

Public Engagement Workshop Overview:

Meaningful and Effective are the driving values of this successful engagement work.  This two-hour session will include theory, strategy and outcomes, a workshop-style activity as you work through your own organisation and an overview of the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation.

Participants will leave with insights to achieving greater meaning and effectiveness in engagement activities as well as designing engagement with an outcomes-focus.

Trainer: Patti Balsillie
Patti Balsillie, BA, ICD.D has over twenty years of experience working with and serving the North, the tourism industry, First Nations and non-profit communities. She is a passionate strategist, facilitator, builder of capacity, a community mentor and advocate of women in leadership and business.

For the past ten years Patti has worked tirelessly to support innovation that builds capacity throughout Northern Canada. She is recognised nationally and internationally for her expertise in the development of sustainable rural and remote tourism initiatives and her commitment to good governance – great outcomes.

Patti has successfully worked with Federal, Territorial and First Nations governments, private sector and non-profit organisations in the areas of governance, project management, strategic planning, and stakeholder engagement.

Patti holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s University, is a Certified Association Executive and is a Certified Corporate Governor with the Institute of Corporate Directors.

She is currently enrolled in an on-line certificate program from MIT Sloan in Design Thinking. She is trained in both foundations, and tools & techniques of public engagement from the International Association of Public Participation (

Date & Time: Wednesday March 27, 2019. From 10 am to 12:00 pm

Location: The Francophone Centre, 302 Strickland St., Whitehorse.

Cost to register for one workshop: $35 per workshop for our members (up to 2 people) or $70 for non-members (NGOs will automatically become a member)

To register: contact Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon at 456-4304 or at


Past 2018-2019 Workshops:

  1. Practical Stakeholder Engagement for Effective Decision-Making, September 20 at Association franco-yukonnaise, 10:00 am to noon. Volunteer Trainer: John Glynn Morris
  2. Impact-Based Strategic Planning and Governance for NGOs, Governments and First Nations: The New Model, October 4 at Association franco-yukonnaise, 10:00 am to noon. Volunteer Trainer: Travis Armour, Strategy North
  3. Organization and Program Evaluation for Nonprofits, Governments and First Nations: Accountability for Results, November 1 at Association franco-yukonnais, 10:00 am to noon. Volunteer Trainer: Travis Armour, Strategy North
  4. (Partner) Proposal Writing Workshop, November 2 and 3, 9:30 am to 4:00pm at Yukon Inn Plaza Board Board Room 4230 4th Avenue, $175 for VBY members ($200 for non-members). Trainer: Northern Outlooks General Consulting
  5. Board Roles and Responsabilities: Who's in charge of your NGO?, November 22 at the Francophone centre, 10:00 am to noon. Volunteer Trainer: Sue Meikle
  6. Finance Fundamentals for NGOs, December 12 at the Francophone Centre, 10:00 am to noon. Volunteer Trainer: Janet Mann

Building Advocacy Campaign Workshop Overview:

Influencing government policy can be a tremendous challenge for non-profits with limited resources and staff capacity. Coordinating with other non-profits by crafting shared messages and developing complementary outreach strategies can help create the conditions for achieving policy change. This workshop will prepare participants to begin the work of developing their own advocacy coalitions by explaining their history as a subject of academic study, sharing case studies that highlight the characteristics of effective advocacy coalitions, and providing tools that will help participants identify their potential coalition partners and begin defining a shared agenda.

Traineer: Cody Sharpe

Cody Sharpe holds a PhD in Public Policy from the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. He holds over ten years of experience working with non-profits as a policy analyst and campaign coordinator across a variety of issue spaces, including the social determinants of health and poverty elimination. With the Northern Governance Institute since 2017, Cody now works with public and First Nation governments as a specialist in policy analysis, community engagement and facilitation, organizational development, and executive leadership training.


Postponed Workshops:


  1. Occupational Health and Safety in the Non Profit Sector. Volunteer Trainer: Mike Kramer. Date: TBA


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