Lower Mainland Core Training March 18-19

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 

Health Sciences Association Office at 180 E Columbia St in New Westminster. It is a 5 minute walk from the Sapperton Skytrain station.

The training is on March 18 & 19 from 9:30am to 5:30pm each day. We will provide coffee, tea and some snacks. Please bring a lunch for yourself. If anyone is able to bring some additional 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 can be accessed by stairs or an elevator. There are wheelchair accessible washrooms in the building.
  • There is a women's only washroom and a gender neutral washroom. The gender neutral washroom is designed to be multi-person, and can be locked to turn it into a private washroom.
  • The chairs in our room are stacking chairs with arm rest and wheels on the feet.
  • If anyone has specific accessibility questions or needs we can help accommodate please don't hesitate to contact Peter Gibbs at [email protected] or 778-977-8461.

March 18, 2017 at 9:30am - March 19, 2017
Health Sciences Association Office
180 E Columbia St
New Westminster, BC V3L 0G7
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Peter Gibbs · · 7789778461