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Coach Access Program for Small Non-Profits: Assessing Your Organization

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Date: March 2, 2017

Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Where: ACI Manitoba
4th floor, 245 McDermot, Winnipeg

Contact: Carol Finlay, 2049272787

Registration deadline: February 27, 2017

Seminar: March 2, 2017, from 1-4:30 pm

Coaching Sessions: Three one-hour sessions are included in the price of the program-to be scheduled after the seminar.

Cost: $120 for members/$160 for non-members-includes seminar and three one-hour individual coaching sessions with Douglas Riske. A limited number of fee subsidies are available to ACI Manitoba organizational members. ACI Members will receive their discount off noted price once logged in.

Is your organization agile, innovative, stable, resilient, reliable, efficient plus dynamic, nimble and adaptive?

Can it be all of the above while meeting the expectations of funders, the community, donors, supporters, audiences and staff?

Why should you be concerned with the ‘’health” of your organization?

And how do you assess the health of your organization on a regular basis without taking time away from the daily “real work” of board and staff?

Join us for a three hour interactive workshop on assessing your organization through daily, weekly and monthly habits based on good governance and sensitive, smart management techniques and processes.

This workshop will be of value to board members, senior and middle management, key volunteer leaders as well as staff members responsible for specific aspects of the organizations relationships with donors, audiences and community.

Participants will work together to articulate challenges facing each organization, will assess the value of various methods to meet those challenges and will explore options to implement solutions.

Participants will take away the basic tools required to implement assessment methods in their organization that respect the values of their organization while instilling attitudes and approaches that lead to improvements throughout the organization.

Following the workshop, participants will have a series of three one-hour individualized coaching sessions with Douglas Riske.

Instructor/Presenter: Douglas Riske

Douglas has an extensive and broad range of experience in the Canadian professional arts and cultural sector. Over the past 45 years he has worked as an actor as well as an artistic director, producer, consultant, teacher and cultural manager.

He co-founded Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary as well as the Banff Centre’s Playwrights Colony and was Artistic Director of Sunshine Theatre, Kelowna, B.C. and Artistic Director of Victoria’s New Bastion Theatre Company.

In 1996 he became ED of the Yukon Arts Centre and in 1998 was named Executive Director of the Manitoba Arts Council.

Riske trained at the Banff Centre of Fine Arts and the University of Alberta and studied theatre in England and Europe. Professional Development included Banff Centre for Management: Executive Leadership, Board and Management retreats, Certificate in Strategic Planning, leadership institutes.

Since retiring in 2015 he is active in the arts and culture sector as a cultural management consultant.

Tea/Coffee/Water and light snacks provided


Cancellation, rescheduling and substitutions policy for coaching sessions

  1. A minimum of 3 days’ notice is required to cancel a coaching session without penalty.
  2. When notice has been received to cancel a coaching session at least 3 days in advance, the session will be rescheduled or refunded. Rescheduling is subject to coach availability and is at the discretion of the coach.
  3. Exceptional circumstances such as sudden illness or family emergencies may be considered for cancellations. Proof may be required.
  4. Substitutions may be allowed for regularly scheduled coaching sessions. Please check with the coach first. Some exceptions may apply for funded program participants.
  5. ACI Manitoba reserves the right to make final decisions regarding cancellations, rescheduling and substitutions.