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Kickoff Festival

September 19, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

United Way Campaign Co-chairs Andre Corbould and Carolyn Campbell invite you to the 2019 #UNIGNORABLE Kickoff Festival.

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United Way’s reimagined Campaign Kickoff brings exciting changes for 2019, featuring an outstanding professional development opportunity, engaging activities and performances, inspiring speakers and an entirely new style to the luncheon program.

Join hundreds of supporters from government, corporations, small businesses, non-profit agencies and the community to help launch the 2019 #UNIGNORABLE campaign to create pathways out of poverty. This will be the go-to event in September that you won’t want to miss!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Edmonton Convention Centre


Ticket Options

Morning Professional Development Session (limited seating): $50

Kickoff Festival Luncheon: $90

Value Combo Price: $125


Chasing Happy: Boost Your Well-being with Emotional Intelligence

Speaker:  Karen Bowen of the EQ Development Group

Location:  Salon 2, Edmonton Convention Centre

Time:  9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Price:  $50

*Seating is limited – get your tickets early!!


Fulfillment, according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, is a basic human necessity that contributes to our overall sense of well-being. Emotional Intelligence has direct ties to our satisfaction in life and work, and the ultimate goal of happiness at any stage of your career or life experience. Learn key concepts of Emotional Intelligence that impact your workplace and personal wellness, which will allow you to make a difference at any level. As well, you will explore concrete activities that generate more positive experiences with yourself and others including community connection, kindness and gratitude. Stop chasing happy and be your best self now!

Karen is an experienced and respected speaker and breakout presenter. Her energy and ability to engage her audiences in fun, hands on sessions with concrete learning outcomes provide value for all attendees. Karen believes that sustainable organizational results centre around People, Process, and Possibility and her sessions enable participants to explore how their mindsets, behaviours, and patterns impact culture and workplace satisfaction. Karen has spoken in front of diverse business fields from front-line employees through to mid and executive level leaders to foster positive workplace culture and organizational effectiveness.

Practicing a holistic approach to leadership and presentations, Karen connects mindfulness, conscious choice, solid human system theory and practical actions that participants take back to their workplaces.

Session Agenda:

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Coffee, tea and registration

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Professional Development Session

#UNIGNORABLE Kickoff Festival Luncheon

Location:  Hall D, Edmonton Convention Centre

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Price:  $90



  • Culinary experience that will take you and your colleagues around the room to sample a variety of culinary delights
  • Festival-style busker performances
  • Roving entertainment
  • Art Installations

Seating is open to allow networking and mingling throughout the program (arrive early to save a table, bleacher or bar top!)


Kickoff Agenda:

11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Reception with art, activities and entertainment

11:30 a.m. Lunch stations open

12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Formal program, including a panel discussion

Panel discussion moderated by 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen

Every day local families living in poverty are faced with tough decisions like having to choose between paying the rent, keeping the lights on, or buying groceries. Meeting basic necessities is often challenging enough; however, many struggle to manage limited finances to escape poverty and build a brighter future.

Financial literacy is a major driver in creating pathways out of poverty. It’s about making the best decisions to manage resources and building the skills that are essential in creating a life of independence and financial stability.

Moderated by 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen, panellists will provide different perspectives into how United Way and its strategic partners are helping people gain the skills they need to reach their full potential. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q & A session with the audience.

Councillor Aaron Paquette

Aaron Paquette serves as Councillor to Ward 4, in northeast Edmonton. As a councillor, he works extensively with End Poverty Edmonton and sits on Edmonton’s Literacy Initiative, Multiculturalism Initiative and the Child-Friendly Initiative. Prior to his election, Aaron worked as an award-winning Indigenous artist and author.

Nicole Ram

After struggling with low self-esteem and financial insecurity, Nicole enrolled in United Way’s financial education program, Empower U. The help that she received was so transformative she decided to become an Empower U facilitator herself. Now, she is helping others gain control over their finances and their futures.

Chris Rattray

Chris Rattray is District Vice President with TD Commercial Banking in South Edmonton. Chris was a founding member, and now chairs, the Financial Pathways Collaborative. The Financial Pathways Collaborative is an initiative among seven financial institutions in Edmonton as well as E4C, the City of Edmonton, and the United Way, which focuses on Financial Literacy in the Greater Edmonton area.

Joanne Currie

Joanne has worked to serve vulnerable families and youth in the human service sector for over 25 years. As a Director of Strategic Initiatives on the Community Building Investment team at United Way, she works with a variety of agencies and initiatives dedicated to issues related to financial empowerment, food and housing security, and employability.

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Deadline for registration is September 16, 2019.

For more information call 780-990-1000.

*This year a vegan food station will be available. Contact Amanda Van Unen at avanunen@myunitedway.ca with any other dietary preferences and/or food allergies.

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September 19, 2019
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Edmonton Convention Centre, Hall D
9797 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1N9 Canada
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