People Power your Park!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 2:30 pm EST

Vibrant parks depend on engaged volunteers -the people-power behind park events as well as park fundraising and marketing efforts. As we prepare to get back into our green spaces, let us help you develop the creative skills you'll need to attract and retain park volunteers.

Join two volunteer engagement experts to learn best practices for:

  • Attracting and retaining volunteers
  • Employing good governance practices
  • Managing burnout and attrition
  • Staying connected at a time of social distancing.



Brianna Aspinall Project Manager at Park People:

Brianna oversees Park People’s Toronto Community Park Network, supporting new and existing local park groups across the city.

In this capacity, she has run successful volunteer-based programs initiatives, including Park People’s Manulife Walk in the Park, a walking program for seniors.

Before joining Park People, Brianna led volunteer engagement at Evergreen Brick Works, leading a team of over 600 volunteers. She has expertise in recruiting, training, supporting, and retaining volunteer teams.


Minaz Asani-Kanji, Park People Director of Outreach:

Minaz is Park People’s Manager of Outreach. She manages the Sparking Change program that supports communities in neighbourhood improvement areas across Toronto, helping them animate their parks and green spaces.

In addition to working at Park People Minaz is the coordinator of two community park groups: the Friends of Terraview Willowfield Parks and the Friends of Beverly Glen Park.


Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 2:30 pm EST

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Bringing the Power of Parks Home: Park Programming in the Days of Social Distancing

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 - 2:00-3:00 pm EST

How can we stay connected while we’re apart? Many of us working in parks and communities are grappling with this challenge. In this webinar, Park People will share, the best tools and techniques being used across our National Network to serve communities when they need us most. 

We’ll focus on:

  • Creative use of  simple technologies that help  keep people meaningfully connected 
  • Safe ways to make in-person community-scale actions happen to enrich communities

This session will feature community leaders and community park groups from across Canada that are doing incredible and inspiring work to support their communities right now. 


Leah Houston, Artistic Director, MABELLEarts:

MABELLEarts transforms parks in low-income neighbourhoods with the people who live there. 

As Artistic Director,  Leah has been cultivating a dynamic, multi-disciplinary community-based arts practice for almost 15 years, incorporating public art, installation and performance with public space transformation, working with people of all ages and backgrounds. 

During COVID-19, MABELLEarts has shifted their programming and services to provide a virtual experience for their community’s beloved Ramadan festival Iftar Nights and to tend to immediate community needs.


Marie-Caroline Badjeck Youth and environment projects coordinator, Overbrook Community Association:

The Overbrook Community Association is a group of motivated residents collaborating to make life better for everyone in their dynamic community on the East side of Ottawa. At OCA, Marie-Caroline coordinates special projects with a youth and environmental focus. Since the start of the COVID pandemic the OCA has devoted their volunteer resources to delivering food to community members in need, conducting regular check ins and providing support with financial aid applications and connecting people with community resources. 



Kelsey Carriere, Park People Senior Project Manager

Kelsey develops and runs many of Park People’s public space events and is an expert at inspiring people to see and experience their city in new and unexpected ways. 

As the founder of Kensington Market’s Pedestrian Sundays and with a background in urban planning, engagement practices, and community arts, she brings endless ideas and people-powered logistics expertise to any situation.



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Generously supported by:

TD Ready Commitment

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