Visual Legacies & Posters

Our Intercultural Strategies flagship program, Belonging Matters Conversations (previously Finding Home Dialogues), often begins with participants sharing stories about why home matters and connecting with each other. Participants identify their priority issues then further conversations are customized to address those priorities. After each conversation session, the discussion highlights are typically synthesized into visual legacies.

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What Are Visual Legacies?

Visual legacies are images / media / publications (e.g. posters, videos, social media memes, etc.) that are collaboratively created between Belonging Matters Conversations participants (people with lived experience) and the hosting facilitation team to synthesize key insights and commitments for ongoing reflection, awareness and learning. The content of the visual legacies typically represents the participants’ journey—the values and insights that support their voice, dignity and leadership.

The benefits of visual legacies are many. Visual legacies are a great way for participants to showcase and be valued for their expertise. They also provide an opportunity to build collaboration on a concrete outcome that often leads to increased awareness and action in the community and in the systems the participants interface with.

Past Project Visual Legacies

Below are some of the public visual legacies and posters generated by the Belonging Matters Conversations processes among various groups. 

You are welcome to download the visual legacies and posters. Click on individual meme/poster images to open files and then save a copy to your device (or right-click and "save as" for images). Please let us know how you are using these visual legacies. You can leave a comment on the page or contact us.

Belonging Matters Conversations For Leaders

Participants: Leaders Cohort (May 2022)
  • Session 1: Why Belonging Matters
  • Session 2: How to Foster Connection (Love) and Courage When Values Clash
  • Session 3: How to Foster Connection (Love) and Courage When Values Clash (Continued)

Participants: Leaders Cohort (February  2022)
  • Session 1: Why Belonging Matters
  • Session 2: How To Build Belonging Within Ourselves in Difficult Situations
  • Session 3: How To Build Belonging With Others In Difficult Situations

Cerebral Palsy Awareness

Participating Group(s): Cerebral Palsy Association of BC (CPABC)
  • Session 1: Why Home Matters - 2020-10-01 
  • Session 2 (P1): How to Understand Stigma - 2020-10-08
  • Session 2 (P2): How to Deal with Stigma - 2020-10-08
Host & Partner Organization(s):

Overdose Crisis (Richmond, BC)

Indigenous & Non-Indigenous Relationships

Participating Group(s): Osoyoos Indian Band
  • Adults Session 1: Why Belonging Matters - 2018-05-10
  • Adults Session 2: How to Create Welcoming Spaces in Sports - 2018-05-10
  • Adults Session 3: Why Recreation Matters - 2018-05-10
  • Youth Session 1: Why Belonging Matters - 2018-05-09
  • Youth Session 2: Why Recreation Matters - 2018-05-16
Host & Partner Organization(s):

Transforming Poverty into Money Confidence

Participating Group(s): Newcomer parents with young children living on a limited budget
  • Session 1: Why Home Matters - 2014-11-05
  • Session 2: How to Be Money Confident - 2014-11-12
Host & Partner Organization(s):

Indigenous Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren

Participating Group(s): Indigenous Grandmothers Raising Their Grandkids
  • Session 1: Why Home Matters - 2008-03-27
  • Session 2: Self-Care - 2008-04-17
  • Session 3: How to Deal With Grandkids Displaced Anger - 2008-04-24
Host & Partner Organization(s):

Spirit of the Children Society

Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Community Gardens

Participating Group(s):  PosAbilities
Host & Partner Organization(s):

Vancouver community gardeners

Affordable Housing

Participating Group(s): West End Seniors’ Network
  • Session 1: Why Home Matters - 2011-04-19
  • Session 2: Seniors & Housing: Home is What You Make It - 2011-04-26
Host & Partner Organization(s):

Participating Group(s): Newcomers
  • Session 1: Why Home is Important - 2011-05-19
  • Session 2: Aging in Place - 2011-05-19
Host & Partner Organization(s):

Participating Group(s): LGBT2S Seniors
  • Session 1: Why Home Matters - 2011-06-21
  • Session 2: How to Foster Safety and Respect - 2011-06-28
Host & Partner Organization(s):

Newcomer Integration

Participating Group(s): Newcomer Chinese & Korean Intergenerational
  • Session 1: Why Home Matters - 2009-11-21
Host & Partner Organization(s):

Participating Group(s): Iranian Elders
  • Session 1: Why Home Matters - 2010-10-27
  • Session 2: How to Live With Other People - 2010-11-03
  • Session 3: How to Create Home in Canada - 2010-11-10
Host & Partner Organization(s):

Participating Group(s): Newcomer Chinese Seniors
  • Session 1: Why Home Matters - 2010-12-06
Host & Partner Organization(s):

Love Fraud

Participating Group(s): Steeves Manor
  • Session 1: Why Home Matters - 2009-09-10
  • Session 2: Keeping Safe - 2009-09-17
  • Session 3: How to Spot a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing - 2009-09-24
Host & Partner Organization(s):

Elder Financial Abuse Awareness

Participating Group(s): Afghan Seniors
  • Session 1: Why Home Matters - 2010-09-28
  • Session 2: How to Foster Elder Respect in the Family - 2010-10-05
Host & Partner Organization(s):

Participating Group(s): South Asian Punjabi Seniors
  • Session 1: Why Home Matters - 2010-11-05
  • Session 2: From Selfishness & Greed to Kindness & Caring - 2010-11-19
Host & Partner Organization(s):

Seniors Isolation & Transitions

Participating Group(s): New Westminster Seniors
  • Session 1: Why Home Matters - 2008-10-16
  • Session 2: Choosing a Good Home - 2008-10-23
  • Session 3: Making Friends - 2008-10-30
Host & Partner Organization(s):

Participating Group(s): Seniors
  • Session 1: Why Home Matters - 2009-05-07
  • Session 2: How to Live Happily On Our Own - 2009-05-14
  • Session 3: How to De-Clutter Our Minds - 2009-05-21
Host & Partner Organization(s):

Participating Group(s): Multicultural Seniors
  • Session 1: Why Home Matters - 2009-10-01
  • Session 2: Art of Forgiveness - 2009-10-09
  • Session 3: How to Live in a Smaller Place - 2009-10-16
  • Session 4: Finding Home Within Myself - 2009-10-16
Host & Partner Organization(s):

Participating Group(s): Hillside Seniors Health Centre
  • Session 1: Why Home Matters - 2010-07-09
  • Session 2: How to Make Connections - 2010-07-16
  • Session 3: How to Deal With Transitions (Part 1) - 2010-07-23
  • Session 4: How to Deal With Transitions (Part 2) - 2010-07-23
Host & Partner Organization(s):

Participating Group(s): Mandarin Speaking Grandparents
  • Session 1: Why Home Matters - 2010-10-01
  • Session 2: Understanding Each Other - 2010-10-15
  • Session 3: Creating Home in Canada - 2010-10-29
Host & Partner Organization(s):

What Leaders & Participants Say About Belonging Matters Conversations

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Melissa Lyon Belonging Matters Project Teammate, Inclusion Advocate

Belonging Matters Conversations gave me more confidence in myself and my strengths.

The Belonging Matters Conversations gave me more confidence in myself and my strengths. As well, the dialogue process helped me to accept my cerebral palsy and made me feel more comfortable talking about my disability. Importantly, the experience made me aware of what’s possible on both personal and community levels.

I am so grateful for Jessie's guidance in helping to address a long-overdue need for more connection, resources, and awareness in the community. I also appreciate the connections that I have made through these conversations and I look forward to continuing with this group.

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Amanda Brown RSW, Director, ReAct Adult Protection Program, West Vancouver Community Health Centre

As a society, we need to shift from a reactive mode to a prevention mode like what Belonging Matters provides.

As a society, we need to shift from a reactive mode to a prevention mode like what Belonging Matters Conversations provides. The more that we hear the voices of people impacted the most, the more respectful the process and the better the outcomes.

We need to support grassroots and community empowerment processes to achieve prevention and real change.

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Bette Rumble Belonging Matters Conversations Participant

...help us find and grow a sense of home...

The Belonging Matters Conversations help us find and grow a sense of home within ourselves and in our own lives. We then bring that sense of home out into the community.

About Jessie Sutherland,
Director

An international speaker, trainer, and consultant, Jessie Sutherland works with organizations and communities to engage diversity, build belonging and ignite intercultural collaboration. Her approach creates sustainable community change that effectively addresses a wide range of complex social problems.

Jessie holds an M.A. in Dispute Resolution, is the founder of Intercultural Strategies, and is the innovator of the award-winning Belonging Matters Conversations series and capacity-building framework. She is also a TEDx speaker and author of the best-selling book, Worldview Skills: Transforming Conflict from the Inside Out.

Jessie Sutherland - TEDx Speaker
Jessie Sutherland - Director of Intercultural Strategies

Her work has been delivered in over 8 languages and taken Jessie across Canada and around the world to support communities in their efforts to address challenging issues including poverty, homelessness, the overdose crisis, elder abuse, reconciliation, youth engagement and more. Many of her clients go on to win innovation awards for their work in engaging diversity and igniting innovation to affect real change.

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