Belonging Matters Conversations
In this series of customized, facilitated conversations, participants come together in a collaborative, problem-solving approach to build belonging and, together, address their priority challenges.
Belonging Matters Conversations
Through guided dialogues that nurture their own meaning of belonging, participants share stories and apply reflective learning strategies.
The co-creation of visual legacies amplify participants’ voices, internalize key insights, and become the catalyst for participant-led solutions for lasting community change.
What One Organization Accomplished Through Belonging Matters Conversations
~ with Carol Sheridan,
Oliver Parks and Recreation Manager
Vince Bulteel on the Importance of Belonging Matters Conversations and Participants with Lived Experience
Vince Bulteel taught me the tenacity it takes to persevere when so many systems, attitudes and behaviours can work against you, enduring stigmatization and so much more.
I have learned about the humility and courage it takes to reach out for help, regardless of where our journey takes us, particularly when we have made mistakes and have been beaten down by the systems that are supposed to support us. In having him as a guest speaker on several occasions, I have learned the power of true authenticity and that compassion creates an optimal learning environment for everyone.
Finally, I am learning that the best way to deal with grief is to find a place to put it. For me, this means being true to Vince’s voice, vision and leadership and continuing his legacy by sharing his stories and ramping up our efforts to build dignity from the inside out (with both people and the systems that serve them in mind).
~ Jessie Sutherland
1968 - 2020
What Leaders & Participants Say About Belonging Matters Conversations
Additional Options for Belonging Matters Conversations
Belonging Matters Conversations For Leaders
In this series of customized, facilitated conversations, leaders come together in a collaborative, problem-solving approach to address their priority challenges.
Belonging Matters Conversations For Workplaces
In this series of customized, facilitated conversations, teams and organizations come together in a collaborative, problem-solving approach to address their priority challenges in the workplace.
Belonging Matters Conversations For Communities
In this series of customized, facilitated conversations, community members come together in a collaborative, problem-solving approach to address their priority challenges.
About Jessie Sutherland,
An international speaker, trainer, and consultant, Jessie Sutherland works with organizations and communities to engage diversity, build belonging and ignite intercultural collaboration.
Recipient of BC Community Achievement Award (2023), her approach creates sustainable community change that effectively addresses complex social problems.
Jessie’s work has been delivered in over eight languages and has taken her across Canada and around the world to support communities in their efforts to address challenging issues including workplace inclusion, poverty, homelessness, the overdose crisis, elder abuse, reconciliation, youth engagement and more. Many of her clients go on to win awards for their work in engaging diversity and fostering collaboration for sustainable and lasting change.
As founder of the organization Intercultural Strategies, Jessie helps leaders and groups build cultures of belonging to create change in an inclusive and positive way. She is the innovator of the award-winning Belonging Matters framework and community change model designed to change mindsets, deepen interconnections, impart greater social capital and build stronger communities.
Jessie holds a M.A in Dispute Resolution, is a TEDx speaker and author of the book, Worldview Skills: Transforming Conflict from the Inside Out.