Connecting Circles

Welcome to Connecting Circles!

We are very excited for the launch of our upcoming Social Change Series Monday Nights at 7:00pm.

The Connecting Circles: Social Change Series will be a gathering of intergenerational participants in Guelph and Wellington County to learn, connect and build back better as a community, post pandemic.

Each Monday night we will be unpacking a topic of social change within our community – especially those which have been sorely needed during this pandemic (eg. economic equality, environmental protection, mental health support)

Our main goals for this series is to educate participants on social issues, share resources and inspiration to help drive change in our community, and allow participants to make connections within their community to fight social isolation.

Each Monday night Circle will include a speaker (or multiple in a panel style discussion), followed by facilitated group discussions, activities and open Q&A. We want to enable participants to become changemakers in their own community and create a safe space for ideas to be shared and questions to be answered.

Monday April 26th at 7:00pm – Guelph’s Climate Crisis: 2050 is Too Late!

Join us Monday April 26th at 7:00pm as we discuss Guelph’s Climate Crisis with Evan Ferrari from eMERGE Guelph and the need for fast action in our community.

The City of Guelph has two climate change targets for 2050: Net Zero Carbon (for the entire community) and 100% Renewable Energy (for the corporation of the City of Guelph).

Last September it released its first Sustainability Report on how we’re fighting climate change. Unfortunately, it showed that our greenhouse gas emissions went up between 2018 and 2019. Not a good start to say the least.

Will we be able to meet our climate change targets?

Register for this free Monday Night Circle through the Eventbrite link below!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/connecting-circles-guelph-climate-crisis-2050-is-too-late-tickets-150921984719

 

Meet Our Guest! 

Evan Ferrari

Environmental stewardship and community development have been prominent themes throughout Evan’s life: from founding a water-pumping windmill project in Tanzania, changing legislation on wilderness conservation and paddling from the Great Lakes to the Arctic Ocean. He is the Executive Director of eMERGE Guelph Sustainability. For his work on environmental initiatives Evan received the Governor General’s Canada 125 award. He is happiest when he’s in nature with the people he loves.

eMERGE Guelph

eMERGE Guelph Sustainability fights climate change to build a healthier society. It does this by engaging, and equipping Guelphites to transition to a 100% renewable energy (100RE) economy. It uses the narrative of achieving 100% Renewable Energy by 2050 as a positive goal to win this battle. This is done primarily by helping people reduce energy and water use through an individual residential focus along with community events, outreach and engagement that promote smart behavior, policy and improved efficiency to help Guelph build a road map to beat climate change and achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Stay Tuned for our Next Circle – Monday May 3rd at 7:00pm

Coming soon. 

 

 

What have you been missing?

Our Past Circles:

 

Monday April 19th: Series Launch

We were joined by Kim Cusimano, Exectutive Director at the People and Information Network, Molly Roberts, Program Coordinator at Guelph Wellington Seniors Association-Community Support Services and Sya VanGeest from the Guelph Storytellers Guild.

This Monday night Circle showed us all the value of community and demonstrate that change is possible here and now!

10C Connecting Circles are safe free opportunities for older adults and seniors in Guelph and Wellington County to virtually connect with people in their community. These weekly zoom calls are meant to bring adults and seniors together, encourage intergenerational sharing and bring some joy into peoples homes. 
10C Shared Space is grateful for the support of our Connecting Circles community partners: The People and Information Network and Guelph Wellington Seniors Association

Connecting Circles is offered with support from the Seniors Community Grant Program, Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility, Province of Ontario. https://www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-seniors-accessibility