Social Enterprise and Change-Making in your local community

  • Five Oaks Five Oaks
  • Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre 1 Bethel Road, Paris, ON N3L 3E3
  • Oct 6 - 8, 2019 (3 days)
  • Main building - Shared Room - CAD $270.00 Social Enterprise - Commuter option - CAD $190.00 Social Enterprise - Commuter Option (not including breakfast) - CAD $170.00 Social Enterprise - Private Room - CAD $330.00 (All prices include CAD $170.00 base

About This Event

We want to create positive change for people in our communities, and do that in sustainable ways, but, how?

This course will help us see opportunity in what seems like insurmountable problems – and how to make good things happen.

“We have a big church, and an aging congregation and it’s hard to keep up our building. Is there a way that we can use what we have to actually solve problems in our community, use our resources and make our building a centre of change-making in our community…and keep it open?”

“We have so many problems facing our community, and our young people feel discouraged. How can we turn our problems into opportunities and create a positive future for our youth and the health of our communities?”


Join Shaun Loney and Adrian Jacobs at this learning opportunity for

Local and Regional not-for-profit organizations,

Church congregations,

First Nations communities,

Newcomer communities,

and anyone who wants to effect change right where they live, solve problems, create economically viable  communities (including your own), work for reconciliation with people and land, and create mutually supportive partnerships.

Join us in October at Five Oaks to:

Learn what a social enterprise is and why they are popping up everywhere.

Learn how some churches in Canada and First Nations communities (and elsewhere) are embracing social enterprise with success.

Learn how to start a social enterprise.

Warning:  this event may well change your worldview.

Because Six Nations is a vision partner with Five Oaks, participants from Six Nations will receive a 20% discount to attend this program.

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