Nanaimo Core Training March 11-12

Apply now for the Core Training

Based off of successful organizing practices from the Obama for America campaigns and the engagement organizing framework developed by Marshall Ganz, this interactive two-day training with Organize BC will give participants a grounding in organizing practices to successfully create distributed leadership teams to work on campaigns. As a participant, you can expect to walk away with a deeper understanding of what it means to be an organizer in your community, and have practical next steps to implement.

Core Trainings provide a holistic overview of the engagement organizing framework, based on five leadership practices: Telling Stories, Building Relationships, Structuring Teams, Strategizing and Taking Action. Using a mix of lecture, small and large group discussion, activities, and role play, participants learn a framework for empowering people in their community to make change.


Who is it for? 

Core Trainings are for anyone interested in grassroots engagement in their social change work. Staff organizers, engagement staff and volunteer coordinators at community organizations, labour unions, NGOs, social service agencies, as well as volunteers and community members wanting to run or join people-centred campaigns, are all great candidates for Core Training.  This framework has been successfully applied to campaigns working on affordable housing, climate change, community mental health, elections, health care reform, public education, and women’s rights, among dozens of other issues. It has been applied by clergy, environmentalists, labour organizers, parents trying to improve their communities, political candidates and social workers, to name a few.

Apply for the Core Training!
Trainees need to apply and be accepted to a Core Training. Apply now for the Core Training, it will take about 5 minutes.

Dates & Location 

BCGEU Office (1650 Terminal Ave. N) Departure Bay and Newcastle rooms in Nanaimo. There are no bike racks outside the building. The closest parking is right out front of the building in the parking lot to the right when you come in the main driveway. Parking is free.

The training is on Saturday, March 11th and Sunday, March 12th from 9:30am-5:30pm. We will provide coffee and tea. Please bring a lunch for yourself. If anyone is able to bring snacks for the training to share with everyone, we'd really appreciate it!  


Tuition for the Core Training is $275. The fee covers our costs of putting on the training, and includes a printed organizing handbook, which you will receive when you arrive at the training. Participants are responsible for their own travel to the venue, which may include the cost of parking, and for bringing their own lunch.

Scholarships are available for individuals and organizations who cannot afford the full tuition fee. Scholarships are offered on a first-come first-serve basis. You'll have a chance to apply for a scholarship as part of your training application.

Cancellation Policy


  • We’d like to have this event be scent-free, please help and refrain from wearing or using scented products.

  • The room is wheelchair accessible and on the first floor of the building.

  • There is a wheelchair accessible washroom in the area.

  • There are two gender inclusive washrooms in the area.
  • There are two varieties of chairs available - stacking and boardroom style (adjustable arm rests, on wheels).
  • If anyone has specific accessibility needs or questions we can help accommodate, please don't hesitate to contact Anna McClean at [email protected]

March 11, 2017 at 9:30am - March 12, 2017
BCGEU Office
1650 Terminal Ave N
Nanaimo, BC V9S 0A3
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