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SARC Fall Conference

October 27 @ 1:00 pm - October 28 @ 3:00 pm

$125 – $145


October 27 @ 1:00 pm
October 28 @ 3:00 pm
$125 – $145
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The SARC Fall Conference for 2021 has moved to a virtual format. The SARC Fall Conference is an annual networking and training conference for senior management, executive directors, and boards of directors. This conference features professional development sessions on a wide variety of topics applicable and trending in the nonprofit sector today. It will also feature a virtual exhibitor showcase where attendees can learn more about a variety of organizations and businesses that provide supports and services that may benefit your organization and the people you support. We look forward to you joining us!

October 27 @ 1:00 pm October 28 @ 3:00 pm


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SARC Member Conference Ticket
$ 125.00
131 available
SARC Non-Member Conference Ticket
$ 145.00
131 available

Wednesday, October 27

Opening Keynote Session - 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.


Victoria Maxwell

Based on her true-life story, this session follows her journey of recovery with mental illness from being a Safeway cashier to wearing a backless hospital gown; to working with job coaches and finding her way back into employment. It’s a personal story of a mental health struggle and the triumph, when diversity in the workplace includes supporting mental health issues.

This funny and moving show entertains, educates, and inspires. Exploding stigmas about mental illness, mental health and recovery, it creates the space for critical conversations that help you understand what is possible.

You’ll learn what changes and strategies are needed to create healthy, safe environments for those struggling with mental health in the workplace. During the pandemic this is a necessity not an option.

Concurrent Session #1 - 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.


A: COVID-19 and Return to Work: Vaccinations & Mental Health Duty to Accommodate – Considerations for Employers

Amy Gibson

As employees return to work, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to raise many important considerations for employers in managing the workplace. Can employers require employees to be vaccinated or require proof of vaccination status? On what grounds can a vaccination be refused? Can employees be required to mask even with the Public
Health Orders lifted? Can employers have a vaccination or mask policy? What other health and safety practices should be followed to ensure a safe and healthy workplace? Is
pandemic related stress considered a disability that requires accommodation? What information can an employer require an employee to disclose about their medical condition?

This session will focus on the legal considerations for employers in addressing vaccinations and masks in the workplace, and the duty to accommodate pandemic mental health related issues. Attendees will receive helpful tips and tricks for assessing the best practices for their workplace. while ensuring their operations remain in compliance with
occupational health and safety obligations and privacy best practices.


B: Understanding Canada’s Past & Moving Forward in Truth & Reconciliation

Lyndon Linklater

Lyndon J. Linklater is a traditional knowledge keeper and storyteller, with an educational background in Indigenous Social Work, Indigenous Studies and some law. He is a citizen of the Thunderchild First Nation (Plains Cree) in Treaty 6 and has roots in Couchiching First Nation (Fort Francis, Ontario) in Treaty 3. As a knowledge keeper, he is called upon by the community to assist in ceremony, protocols, and advice. Presently, Lyndon works at the Remai Modern Art Museum in Saskatoon as their Indigenous Engagement Coordinator providing advice to their board and staff and delivering cultural programming. He is also a member of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner’s Speakers Bureau. Since his appointment in 2000, Lyndon has delivered countless talks and stories that share First Nations teachings and knowledge of ceremonies many times utilizing humour to deliver a poignant message. Please join Lyndon as he engages participants to talk about understanding Canada’s past and moving forward in Truth and Reconciliation.

Thursday, October 28

Concurrent Session #2 - 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.


A: Succession Planning for Leadership – A Critical Priority

Mubarka Butt

A properly designed and executed succession plan is at the heart of any successful transition. Often Boards overlook the importance of succession planning for both the Board, as well as their Executive Director until the threat of an unplanned vacancy begins to loom. By the time a succession plan is needed, it is often too late to start building one. In this session you will learn the steps the Board should take to make succession planning a priority and future proof their organization.


B: Flipping Your Type: Stress Management Personality Insights

Jolene Watson

Did you know that people tend to revert to the less preferred areas of their personality type when under acute and chronic stress? This is referred to as being ‘In the Grip’ and can often cause out of character reactions that can lead to conflict and performance issues in the workplace. Jolene Watson will discuss personality insights in terms of stress management strategies, developing resilience through behavioural adaptation, and most importantly, getting back to balance for introverts and extroverts.

Concurrent Session #3 - 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


A: Mentally Resilient Leadership

Roxanne Derhodge

Mental resilience is a state which most people can accomplish. This step-by-step training will allow you to develop your own internal concept of resilience. In this session, you will acquire a clear understanding of resilience and why it is so important. You will be provided with strategies to help improve your resilience and performance, and be equipped
with resources to design your own plan to function as a team in these uncertain times.


B: Enhancing Individual and Organizational Change: Actionable Steps to Cultivate Psychologically Healthy & Safe Work Environments

Tracey Hawthorn

The global pandemic has underscored the critical importance of enhancing our psychological health, wellness, and resilience – as individuals, and as organizations. Statistics don’t lie – in 2017, the World Health Organization identified mental health issues as being the leading cause of global disability. Over the past eight months, we have witnessed increased rates of alcohol use, rates of depression have doubled, and rates of anxiety have quadrupled. Now, more than ever, we have a critical imperative to take action. In this session, you will learn evidence-based, actionable steps that can be taken to enhance the psychological health and safety of work environments; equip our people leaders with the skills, strategies, and approaches to effectively support the workforce; and steps to enhance your own personal wellness and resilience.

Virtual Exhibitor Showcase - 12:20 - 1:20 p.m.


New this year!

We are hosting a virtual exhibitor area on October 28 from 12:20-1:20 p.m.

Exhibitors interested in attending and marketing their organization or business can participate in our first ever virtual exhibitor showcase. If you are interested in participating, please contact Kari Boudreau at to inquire.


Concurrent Session #4 - 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.


A: Never Waste a Good Crisis – Lessons Learned from COVID

Mubarka Butt

COVID has not been the only unrestful issue for us as a society over the last 20 months. Several other economic and social issues have rocked our world and indefinitely changed the way we look at business models, culture, social norms, and environmental issues, just to name a few. The ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) lens matters now, more
than ever. From crisis management, to workforce strategies, to diversity, equity and inclusion, the new way forward is here to stay. In this session we will discuss some of the many issues that Boards will have to contend with in the coming years.


B: Mental Health & Emotional Intelligence at Work

Janice Decelles

As the world of work continues to evolve, how we interact, collaborate, and support each other in the workplace will need to change. As organizations are finding their way back to the office and establishing their new normal, the role of a leader will look different than it has in the past. In this session, MNP will walk us through how to support mental health and emotional intelligence at work from an HR perspective, and share strategies for transforming the workplace to support psychological wellbeing.

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Information coming soon!

SARC Awards Banquet

SARC Award Recipients Are Being Recognized This Year

However, due to concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, conference attendees will be unable to attend the banquet this year. Please stay tuned to the SARC and Learning Central websites and watch the award videos and see how their accomplishments were celebrated. The videos will be published on our YouTube channel on October 29!



Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring the conference? Click here to download the Sponsorship Opportunities package.


Interested in having an exhibitor booth at our virtual exhibitor showcase on October 28? Click here to access the application form.


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