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 Fall 2018 Workshops

Workshops: $40 Early Bird Price $35
Location: Halton Police Community Room – 3800 Constable Henshaw Blvd. Burlington, ON

Contact Ashley Petrie at 905.635.3131 ext 329 or Email Ashley for more information.

Conflict Management 101: What am I bringing to the party?

Date: September 27, 2018
Time: 9am-12pm


According to the Conference Board of Canada, in 2012, unresolved conflict contributed to employee absenteeism, costing businesses across Canada an estimated $16.1 billion.

In community work, especially, where overworked staff and community leaders are supporting people who are vulnerable and experiencing high degrees of stress, the ability to transform a conflict is a critical skill.

Leaders and employees who are trained in conflict resolution understand that conflict can be resolved as quickly as it comes on, and are able to positively manage for this eventuality. This 3-hour workshop will introduce you to some of the tools that you can use to more successfully manage conflict so that relationships are restored and strengthened. By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the different types of conflict
  • Understand their personal triggers and dominant conflict style
  • Identify conflict management skills and tools in their toolbox
  • Improve their ability to listen to others’ points of view for better understanding and improved relationships
  • Express needs and issues openly without blame or criticism
  • Use a simple six step method to positively transform conflict (with practice)

Leena Sharma Seth has served on the Board of Community Conflict Resolution Services of Halton since 2012, and is also a community mediator and educator with the organization.

Community Conflict Resolution Services of Halton (CCRS Halton) is a not-for-profit organization that offers FREE mediation services and a mix of free and for fee conflict resolution training workshops to the residents of Halton.   CCRS Halton strives to increase awareness in the community of the benefits of resolving conflict both quickly and peacefully.

Cyber Security for Non-Profits

Date: October 17, 2018
Time: 9am-12pm


The news is constantly filled with high-profile cybersecurity breaches, state-sponsored hacking groups, and malware spreading across the globe. Small businesses and non-profit organizations may be asking “What does this have to do with me? Who would bother attacking us?” – Think again.


During this session, we will discuss various topics related to cybersecurity, such as:

  • What threats and attackers could affect non-profits?
  • Real-world examples of common hacking scenarios
  • What you can do to protect your organization from cyber threats


By the end of this session, you will gain the knowledge needed to begin effectively defending your organization from threats, and take the first steps towards a safer and more secure business.


Hartaj Nijjar and Praveen Illuru are cybersecurity experts from KPMG with over 12 years of experience in many facets of cybersecurity, including penetration testing, secure coding, secure network architecture design, and developing cybersecurity programs for multiple organizations of varied sizes.

What’s Your Workplace Superpower?

Date: October 25, 2018
Time: 9am-12pm
Facilitator: Darcy Roberts


Join Darcy Roberts for an interactive, hands-on session using a facilitated LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® approach. Come learn more about yourself and your not-for-profit colleagues as we explore our strengths (our workplace superpowers!) and what’s possible for ourselves and our organizations through the magic of a LEGO SERIOUS PLAY session.

This session will a hands-on, immersive experience that you have likely never experienced before. This is not your children playing with LEGO on the living room floor, this is a carefully facilitated “hard play” experience for adults who are facing real challenges in the workplace! Play is our natural way of adapting and developing new skills. It keeps us open to new opportunities and leads to social bonding. Play can drive home abstract concepts and complex issues. And best of all – there are no wrong answers!

While it’s been used across Europe and is becoming quite popular in various parts of Asia, the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY facilitation approach is just beginning in North America.

LEGO SERIOUS PLAY is a hands-on approach for unleashing creativity.

By the end of our morning together you will:

  • Explore your workplace superpower and what you bring to your organization.
  • Share insights and commonalities with your peers while you start creating relationships with colleagues from other organizations.
  • Start seeing yourself – and your workplace – from a more holistic point of view.

Darcy Roberts​, ACC is a certified career coach, speaker and facilitator in Oakville who wants people to love their work. She works with businesses and organizations to create high performing teams by helping individuals and teams get more – from themselves and from each other. Since early 2017 Darcy has introduced manufacturing, government, not for profit and women’s groups to the magic of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. 

The Key to Leadership Success: Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence

Date: November 22, 2018
Time: 9am-12pm


Research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation and Stanford Research Center concluded that 85% of job success comes from having well-developed soft and people skills, and only 15% of job success comes from technical skills and knowledge. The best thing leaders can do to improve their effectiveness is become more aware of what motivates them and their decision-making. This workshop will give specific strategies that leaders can implement to improve their emotional intelligence, resulting in more effective relationships, deeper empathy, a realistic assessment of strengths and weaknesses, a better idea of what gaps need to be filled and a more engaged workforce.

Topics include:

  • The differences between a boss and a leader
  • Examples of global leaders who have high EQ vs those who don’t
  • Discussion of Emotional Intelligence competencies
  • Stats and case studies on the ROI of self-aware leaders
  • Tactical ways leaders can develop EQ and self-awareness
  • Equipping leaders to be better coaches
  • Key strategies to get buy-in for behavior change
  • The impact on culture
  • Experiential EQ exercises throughout the workshop


Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this session participants will discover:

  • How to build stronger relationships at work
  • How to listen with empathy and compassion
  • A better understanding of your strengths and blind spots
  • How to have more effective coaching conversations
  • A deeper awareness of your unique behaviour patterns
  • How to respond instead of react in stressful situations
  • An action plan to further develop your skills

For the last 10 years Kristen has consulted with hundreds of organizations in various industries helping them create more positive and productive workplaces. Her specialties have been talent management, leadership development, organizational wellness, team effectiveness and performance management.

In January 2017 she started her coaching practice so that she could work with more individuals on a one-on-one basis and have a deeper impact. Her mission in the workplace is to help leaders develop greater self-awareness and emotional intelligence, lead with courage, reach their full potential and bring out the best in their people. She also works with individuals in a personal setting who want to have more balance, meaning, clarity and fulfillment in their lives. She’s dedicated to supporting individuals in becoming more aware of their strengths, blind spots, values and purpose.

Scott GallagherConnectED