Schedule

FIND US TONIGHT – AND ALL WEEK – AT THE CHARLES V KEATING MILLENNIUM CENTRE, SECOND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOMS!

Monday, August 5th

  • 7pm – Opening Reception
    • Welcome and snacks
    • Introduction of speakers
    • Presentation by L’Arche Antigonish
    • L’Arche Musicians

Tuesday, August 6th

  • 9am – Gathering & Plenary
    • What Counts as Community? A Skeptical Optimist’s View with Dr. Pamela Cushing
  • 11am – Split Sessions
    • Supporting Diverse Learners in Post-Secondary Education with Tara Connolly
    • Beyond Welcome – What Do People With Intellectual Disabilities Have To Teach The Church with Shannon MacLean
    • Music with Mikayla Kaminski
  • 12pm – Lunch & Learn
  • 1:30pm – Panel – Lessons Learned in L’Arche
    • Current & former members of L’Arche across Canada (Beth Porter, Sarah Parisio, Debra Moore, Anna Gardin) share how their experience of community and relationships in L’Arche has shaped their life and work
  • 3:30pm – Split Sessions
    • Making Mayor Greg: Life, Law, Love, & Liberalism with Vince & Greg Kazmierski
    • Drumming Circle with The Studio, L’Arche Antigonish
    • Open Space
  • 7pm – How My Light Is Spent: L’Arche Behind the Scenes with Michael McDonald

Wednesday, August 7th

  • 9am – Gathering & Plenary
    • The Gift of Our Difference & What We Share with Dr. Jutta Treviranus
  • 11am – Split Sessions
    • Disability Studies 101 with Dr. Pamela Cushing
    • Making Mayor Greg: Life, Law, Love, & Liberalism with Vince & Greg Kazmierski
    • Open Space
  • 12pm – Lunch & Learn
  • 1:30pm – Panel – Agents of Change
    • Activists working for social change (Sylvia Parris-Drummond, Adam Sigrist, Mary Mae Isaac, Gerry Post) across a variety of communities share their successes and challenges. What do we share? How can we work together?
  • 3pm – Split Sessions
    • Building Community Through Art with Creative Connections of L’Arche Saint John
    • Storytelling 101 with Michael McDonald
    • Open Space
  • 4-7pm – L’Arche at the Market
    • We’ll join the Antigonish Farmers Market, where local artists and artisans from Antigonish and beyond, including artists and entrepreneurs with disabilities, will showcase and sell their wares. Bring your wallets!
    • As the sale unfolds, the mic is open for performers to share their talents!
  • 7pm – Freedom Tour
    • Film screening and discussion with People First

Thursday, August 8th

  • 9am – Gathering &Plenary
    • Outtakes & Takeaways: Stories From The Cutting Room Floor with Michael McDonald
  • 11am – Split Sessions
    • Deeper Into Inclusive Design with Dr. Jutta Treviranus
    • Drumming Circle with The Studio of L’Arche Antigonish
    • UNCRPD – A Progress Report with Steve Estey and Lori Vaanholt
  • 12pm – Lunch & Learn with the Nova Scotia Association for Community Living
  • 1:30pm – Panel – More Than Inclusion
    • People engaged in the work of moving beyond inclusion to citizenship, and to full membership of people with disabilities in communities and society (May Banting, Steve Estey)
  • 3pm – Split Sessions
    • Supporting Diverse Learners in Post-Secondary Education with Tara Connolly
    • Digital Accessibility & Intellectual Disability with Lisa Snider
    • Music with Mikayla Kaminski
  • 5:30pm – Supper
  • 7pm – Music & Friends with Dave Gunning & The Kitchen Criminals
    • An amazing night beginning with an hour of songs and stories from Dave Gunning, followed by a traditional East Coast ceilidh – fiddles, pianos, squatedancing, and all kinds of fun
    • Tickets for this event are included in your conference registration, or can be purchased as stand-alone items for $20

Friday, August 9th

Bon Voyage!

Things to note

  • All plenary sessions and panels will include graphic interpretation.
  • Childcare is available at L’Arche Antigonish during plenary sessions and panels. Other times will offer kid-friendly sessions and activities.
  • All our keynote speakers and many of our other presenters will be with us for the duration of the conference and are eager to be available for more in-depth conversation or questions with participants.
  • For the duration of the event, there will be a community connections room that will always be open. You can have a coffee with a friend, create art, play a Board game, or invite someone in to a deeper conversation.
  • For a few hours a day, at key times between sessions or in the evenings, we will have a small audio-recording corner where you are invited to come in two or threes to talk about the “Great Questions” – to tell your story of relationship, inclusion, or welcome, even if that story is painful. With your permission, we will share these stories in a “Celebrate The Gift” podcast that will be released, one episode at a time, in the 2019-2020.
  • The “Open Space” sessions are there for people who might want to offer their skills or experience to host a session. If you have something to offer, or someone else to suggest, email us at info@CelebrateTheGift.ca! Or if you have any other questions, or feel there information missing from here, let us know at that address.
  • SEE YOU IN ANTIGONISH!