United Way Halton & Hamilton’s ConnectEd program proudly provides low-cost training workshops to all non-profit organizations.

The program allows United Way Halton & Hamillton to strengthen the capacity of the community at its root by ensuring non-profit staff and volunteers have access to the latest information taught by industry experts.

ConnectED Spring 2019 Workshops

Workshops: $40

Blog Like A Boss: Non-Profit Edition

Date: May 15, 2019
Time: 9am-12pm

Location : Halton Police Community Room – 3800 Constable Henshaw Blvd. Burlington, ON


With so much information available at our fingertips, we do a significant amount of research online before we make a decision to do something or to purchase something. Are people finding the right and relevant information about your organization?
During this session, you will learn:
·        How a blog can help build brand awareness for your organization
·        How to use blogging and social media together
·        The importance of images, headlines and a blog post layout
·        Simple tips on how to make your content more search engine friendly
·        Strategies to remain relatively consistent with publishing blog posts
·        Real-life examples of organizations that are using blogs
·        Tools to help with your content strategy
We’ll do some group brainstorming so you’ll walk away with some relevant topics to write about for your non-profit blog.
By the end of this session, participants will be more knowledgeable about blogging best practices and how to create a simple content strategy for their blog.
Karen Swyszcz, is the founder and owner of Makinthebacon. It began as a blog in 2012. She has partnered with brands such as Meridian Credit Union,, Camp Tech and Supperworks for influencer marketing campaigns. In 2017, Makinthebacon evolved into a consulting/auditing/training services company for blogging, WordPress, SEO and social media.
She has facilitated numerous business blogging strategy workshops within the Greater Toronto Area.
Karen is also a part time instructor at Sheridan College for their Blogging For Fun & Profit Course and Their Effective Strategies For Social Media Courses.
You can connect with her on Facebook || Twitter || LinkedIn II Instagram

Mental Health First Aid

Date: June 26 and 27, 2019

Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm each day

Location: 540 Cornwall Road, Oakville ON, L6J 7W5. Follow the signs for CMHA

Cost: $175 per person, includes both days

Register Here.

“If I sprain my ankle, chances are you will know what to do. If I have a panic attack, chances are you won’t.”

1 in 5 people will experience a mental health problem this year. Mental Health First Aid is a two-day interactive course that teaches people the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, as well as how to help someone showing signs of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  Just as important as physical first aid, mental health first aid provides the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend, or a colleague.  The course focuses on the four most common mental health disorders including anxiety and trauma related, mood related, substance abuse and psychotic disorders.

What you will go home with:

  • Mental Health First Aid Certificate (must be present for entire course to receive certificate)
  • Confidence and skills to engage someone with an emerging mental health problem or in a mental health crisis (incl. interventions for overdose, suicide behaviour, panic attacks, psychotic episode, acute stress reaction)
  • Greater understanding of and recognition of possible mental health problems
  • Reduced stigma

“I am recommending this course to family, friends and colleagues. I realized through this course that I carried a lot of misinformation and misconceptions about mental illness.”

“This was an incredible course. It gave me concrete tools that I can use to help people.”

Facilitator: Melanie McGregor is a Specialist in Health Promotion and Advancement for the Canadian Mental Health Association Halton Region Branch. She has been part of the CMHA Halton Region Branch team since 2012 and is currently responsible for training, awareness, special events, and fundraising. It is her own lived experience with a mental illness that gives her passion to talk and teach about mental health and how people and workplaces can encourage and support wellness, balance, and recovery. 

A former high school English teacher, Melanie is also a Mental Health First Aid Canada Master Trainer, an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Facilitator, and a certified CMHA Psychological Health and Safety Advisor. She also writes a bi-weekly wellness column for Halton Metroland Media.

Improving Your Organization’s Culture
Date: May 30, 2019
Time: 9am-12pm
How would your team manage if they were suddenly marooned in the desert? Would they collaborate well, would they show individual leadership abilities, and, would they survive?
Using a desert survival simulation, this workshop provides participants with an understanding of what it takes to be a high-performing team or company. The workshop will introduce you to the twelve organizational culture characteristics, including which ones you want and which ones you don’t want. More importantly, the workshop will help to start a road map that is right for your team as they build a constructive and rewarding culture.
During the session we will:
·        Evaluate our ability to work in a team through the interactive experience of a Desert Survival Simulation
·        Understand the 12 characteristics that define a team or organizational culture
·        Understand the 3 culture clusters and their impact on our results
·        Learn the framework we can use to improve our team or organizational culture
By the end of this workshop, you will gain insight into the culture characteristics that drive culture and their effect on the overall success of a team and an organization. And… we’ll have some fun along the way surviving in the desert.
Cheryl has been helping businesses clarify their goals and develop high performing cultures for over 25 years. She has executive and governance experience across six industry sectors and leverages that experience to provide insights to leaders as they seek to inspire their teams and improve business performance.
As a consultant, Cheryl’s clients are on both sides of the boardroom table – from facilitating strategic planning, to building constructive cultures to coaching and supporting leaders to make it all happen. Cheryl has an MBA from Concordia University and a B Ed. from the University of Alberta. She is an active member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and a Certified Executive Coach.
Scott GallagherConnectED