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 (April 2023)
  • Session 1: Why Belonging Matters
  • Session 2: How to Navigate Covert Sabotage
  • Session 3: How to Recover From Covert Sabotage
  • Session 4: Culminating Activities and Integration

Participants: Leaders Cohort (November 2022)
  • Session 1: Why Belonging Matters
  • Session 2: How to Find My People At Work
  • Session 3: How To Turn Awareness Into Action
  • Session 4: Culminating Activities and Integration

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)
  • Session 4: Culminating Activities and Integration

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
  • Session 4: Culminating Activities and Integration

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

Elaine White
Cultural Coordinator, Shawendaasowin Child & Family Services

Miigwech for your excellent work on bringing people of many cultures and nations together.

When I participated in the Belonging Matters Conversations with other leaders, I appreciated that if you want to see and “be the change” in this world, you need to have patience. The process helped me to see who I am, what I need to work on, and what change means across cultures.

As a facilitator, Jessie has a lot of compassion for people while bringing out their best. Gchi Miigwech for your excellent work on bringing people of many cultures and nations together.

Monica Walters-Field
Resource in/for Right Relations and Productive Learning Partnership

It's been a real joy for me…

I think the most impactful take-away for me from Belonging Matters Conversations For Leaders is the reminder and learning of the “transformational power of small circles”. The compilation of the wisdom from the group is like a pearl that's worthy of picking up and putting in a necklace I'm wearing.

Jessie met my expectations and more. I think it's brilliant that she's able to contribute to our human existence the way she has been, but extra love to her for how she was able to gather us into the fold. Having a varied group where you end up feeling safe and comforted is often a challenge, especially when talking about topics that are reflective of one’s inner personalities and struggles.

It's been a real joy for me to meet people who are working in the field—with people who learn differently, with people who are developed differently, with people who have different aspirations—and to be able to sit together around the round table and be equal contributors. That, to me, has been really amazing. Courses like this help us make changes to do things differently, and we become empowered to teach others like a ripple that keeps growing.

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.

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.


Recipient of BC Community Achievement Award (2023), her approach creates sustainable community change that effectively addresses complex social problems.

Jessie Sutherland - TEDx Speaker