Bridges Out of Poverty

Level One Partner Workshop With Suzie Johnson-Smith



Friday, February 17, 2023 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST


Peterborough Lions Community Centre | Sisson Room
347 Burnham Street
Peterborough, Ontario K9H 1T5

Course Description

This workshop is a comprehensive approach to understanding poverty. Bridges Out of Poverty uses the lens of economic class and provides concrete tools and strategies for a community to understand, address, and alleviate poverty. Registration includes copies of the Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities workbook, which will be provided to participants.

Participants of this workshop will:

  • Examine the resources by which you create stability.
  • Discover the causes of poverty.
  • Create and analyze a mental model for economic environments.
  • Discover the hidden rules of economic classes.
  • Analyze our language and story structures.
  • Discuss stability within family and support systems, and the importance of building social capital.
  • Learn new tools and strategies for improving relationships and outcomes.


  • Early Bird Ticket for Peterborough-Based Participants: $69.00*
  • Regular Ticket for Peterborough-Based Participants: $89.00*
  • Regular Ticket for Participants Outside of Peterborough: $109.00*

*Plus Eventbrite’s fee.


Who should attend this workshop?
This workshop is designed specifically for helping professionals. We define “helping professional” as anyone in a position of interacting with people in providing a service.

What precautions will be in place regarding COVID-19?
We will be following the recommendations of Peterborough Public Health. Details on COVID precautions will be sent to registrants one week before the workshop begins. While it is our hope to be able to run this session, we may have to cancel it if new restrictions or issues come up.

Will food be provided?
Coffee, tea, and light snacks are included. Lunch will not be provided. There are several restaurants within walking distance of the Lions Centre. Please feel free to contact us for recommendations.

Is the venue accessible?
The Lions Centre is wheelchair accessible (lift and washroom facilities) and climate-controlled.

Is there parking?
There are 40 private parking spots and an overflow area, but come early as spaces can fill up fast! Street parking is also available.

What is a level one partner workshop?
This refers to a workshop that is being put on by another organization or individual with the support of A Question of Care. It is also being offered at a more basic, 101 level, though it can be beneficial to anyone regardless of their experience.

Will I receive a certificate for attending?
Yes, you will receive a certificate of attendance after participating in the workshop and filling out a post-course evaluation.

What is your refund policy?
We can offer refunds up to seven days before the first session. Eventbrite’s fee is nonrefundable. After this period, we can accept substitutions. If we must cancel the workshop, you will receive a full refund. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Who can I contact with further questions?
If you have an accessibility request or any other questions, please contact the QoC Project Lead at or 705-927-3448.

The cost of this workshop has been subsidized through a partnership with the Peterborough Drug Strategy and its members. Additionally, local participants can contact us to apply for a bursary.

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Peterborough Lions Community Centre | Sisson Room
347 Burnham Street, Peterborough, ON K9H 1T5


  • Suzie Johnson-Smith

    Suzie Johnson-Smith of Peterborough, Ontario has been working in human services since 1992, primarily supporting low-income people in need of financial and employment assistance. She provided frontline case management for several years before becoming a coach and supervisor within the Social Services Division. She leads the Peterborough Social Services local office in promoting person-centered services using the Bridges Lens while they modernize the delivery of social assistance. In 2012, Suzie began to introduce and promote the Bridges framework, starting with her local office in Peterborough. In 2015, she became a certified trainer and began expanding to the broader community. Shortly thereafter, she became a consultant with aha! Process and has since been providing Bridges workshops internationally, certifying new Bridges community trainers, and providing strategic consulting to support the implementation of the Bridges model at all levels. She has been a presenter of the Bridges Out of Poverty model for thousands of teachers, employers, social service organizations, employment agencies, health agencies, community volunteers, and interested citizens. Suzie strongly believes that the Bridges Out of Poverty framework can and should inform our practices for improved relationships, outcomes, collaboration, and systems.

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