The Peterborough Community Symposium on Housing and Homelessness

$0 – $40

Dates

Day 1: Thursday, February 22, 2024 | 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM EST
Day 2: Friday, February 23, 2024 | 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM EST

Location

Bagnani Hall
Catharine Parr Traill College
315 Dublin Street
Peterborough, Ontario K9H 2Z4

Event Description

The Research for Social Change Lab (RSCL) and A Question of Care (QoC) are partnering to put on a symposium on housing and homelessness in Peterborough on February 22 & 23, 2024. This event is a follow-up to the housing forum held in May 2023. It will focus on community collaboration and systems planning to help problem-solve the housing and homelessness crisis in Peterborough City and County.

This two-day event will involve several interactive presentations and action-oriented activities. The content covered will focus on systemic issues and solutions around homelessness in Peterborough City and County. This symposium is intended to support the RSCL’s Priority Roadmap by gaining community consensus and action-plan steps in realizing these goals. In addition, the symposium will carve out intentional time for networking, enabling knowledge exchange, partnerships, building connections, and resource sharing.

Agenda

The agenda for the two days is available on the event page: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-peterborough-community-symposium-on-housing-and-homelessness-tickets-714867737647. Please note that there may be some minor changes and check back for updates.

Keynote Panel

Topic: The intersections of lived expertise and research, practice, policy, and advocacy
Panelists: Jayne Malenfant, Janalyn Dodds, and Alex Nelson

Symposium Goals

  • To mobilize, exchange, and confirm knowledge with local attendees representing lived expertise, frontline expertise, policy expertise, and research expertise.
  • To action this knowledge locally through problem solving, strategizing, task distribution, and resource pooling.
  • To continue conversations from the May housing forum and share and further develop the RSCL’s Priority Roadmap.
  • To help establish new connections and collaborations between individuals who work in the homeless-serving sector, decision-makers, people who have living and lived experience, and interested community members.
  • To identify priority items based on gaps and needs in the community and workshop the steps needed to realize these items.
  • To conduct a strategic analysis of power, shape key priorities and actions, and action-plan steps in realizing these goals.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. You will be asked for your dietary restrictions upon registering.

Pricing

  • General Ticket: $40.00*
  • Bursary Ticket: Free**

*Plus Eventbrite’s fee.
**This ticket type is available for Peterborough-based participants for whom the fee is a barrier to attend.

FAQs

Who should attend this symposium?
This symposium is designed for individuals in Peterborough City and County who work in the homeless-serving sector, decision-makers, people who have living and lived experience, and interested community members.
 
How many people can attend?
Registration for this event has been capped at 100 participants.
 
What precautions will be in place regarding COVID-19?
Details on COVID precautions will be sent to registrants before the symposium. While we hope to be able to run this event, we may have to change or cancel it if new restrictions or issues come up.
 
Will food be provided?
Breakfast and lunch will be provided thanks to support from the Government of Canada through Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy, the United Way as the Community Entity, and the RSCL. You will be asked for your dietary restrictions upon registering.
 
Is the venue accessible?
Bagnani Hall is fully AODA compliant in terms of washrooms and access. The Trend (in Wallis Hall) has accessible washrooms. Bagnani Hall has gender-neutral washrooms. Wallis Hall, itself, has accessible doors on the second level and an elevator. Scott House has accessible exterior doors only.
 
Is there parking?
Private parking spots are available. Additionally, there are three accessible parking spots, one in the Lower Dublin lot, one at Scott House, and one at Kerr House. Street parking is also available around Traill College.
 
Will I receive a certificate for attending?
Yes, you will receive a certificate of attendance after participating in the symposium and filling out an evaluation.
 
What is your refund policy?
We can offer refunds up to seven days before the event. Eventbrite’s fee is nonrefundable. After this period, we can accept substitutions. If we must cancel the event, 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.
 

This event has been generously supported by the Government of Canada through Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy, the United Way as the Community Entity, and the Research for Social Change Lab (RSCL), which is partly funded through the Canada Research Chair program. Trent University has also kindly contributed their space at Catharine Parr Traill College. It is being organized by the Research for Social Change Lab, A Question of Care (QoC), and Peterborough Drug Strategy (PDS) Partners.

Hourly Schedule

Thursday, February 22, 2024 | 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM EST

Friday, February 23, 2024 | 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM EST

More Info

REGISTER HERE

Location

Bagnani Hall | Catharine Parr Traill College
315 Dublin Street, Peterborough, Ontario K9H 2Z4
Category
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Speakers

  • Alex Nelson
    Alex Nelson

    Alex Nelson is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Western University. Their research looks at gender, lived experience of homelessness, and housing policy; Alex focuses on the ways in which lived expertise and narratives of homelessness can be mobilized to enact meaningful policy and systemic change. Alex is the Community Engagement and Research Specialist of the National Right to Housing Network, and works to advance lived experience advocacy in the housing sector. They have facilitated dozens of sessions focusing on lived expertise and narrative for conferences, organizations, and networks across Canada.

  • Janalyn Dodds

    Janalyn Dodds is a 40-year-old white settler who resides in Nogojiwanong with her 2 young daughters. She is a 4th year BSW student at Trent University and is in the process of applying to various MSW programs across Canada. Since 2020, Janalyn has been doing frontline work at One City Peterborough, a non-profit that focuses on supporting community members experiencing homelessness and/or criminalization. She has sat on the Board of Directors for the Peterborough Aids Resource Network for over two years and was recently appointed Chairperson. She has also been featured as a keynote speaker at Peterborough’s Opioid Summit. Janalyn has struggled with chronic substance abuse and homelessness for most of her adult life. She recognizes that safe housing is a human right and that being unhoused is a human rights violation.

  • Jayne Malenfant
    Jayne Malenfant

    Jayne is from Kapuskasing, Ontario, but has been in Tio’tiá:ke/Montreal since 2016. Their areas of interest are community-led research, educational and housing justice, and anarchist/social justice education.Their current research focuses on the educational experiences of young people and adults navigating homelessness, the engagement of people with lived and living experience of housing precarity in advocacy and research, and the experiences of Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary communities navigating housing precarity.

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