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ASPIRE Foundation Program


Facilitation, Design, Leadership

Where: Tatamagouche Centre, NS

Deadline for bursaries is May 20th. Register HERE.

ASPIRE is the program at the heart of Tatamagouche Centre. You will learn effective facilitation skills and creative program design, leading to transformational learning and change. 

Gain skills, clarify leadership styles, and deepen insights into group work - whether you organize meetings or workshops, or design complex projects or programs.

ASPIRE Program leaders 2019:

Brian Braganza is an experiential educator specializing in vocational counselling, sustainability education, masculinity, and youth engagement. He was prepared by Parker J. Palmer and the Centre for Courage & Renewal as a facilitator in 2014 and has led retreats in Nova Scotia and in the U.S. Brian has a 24 year history with the Tatamagouche Centre and with HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development. 

Laura Hunter is passionate about creating spaces for diverse groups of people to do “good work” together. She is a Diaconal Minister, rooted in feminist, liberation, and eco-theology and is Minister for Justice and Mission for the Atlantic Regions of the United Church of Canada. Laura considers the Tatamagouche Centre one of her spiritual homes and is delighted to be joining the leadership team for this program.

Mohamed Yaffa has been working in Diversity Inclusion and Cultural Competence for nearly twenty years. From 2007 to 2018 Mohamed was the coordinator and Consultant for the Diversity and Inclusion Program with Nova Scotia Health Authority – focusing on reducing health inequities for marginalized populations in the province. Mohamed has been part of the Tatamagouche Centre Program Leadership Group since 2002 and has applied the ASPIRE model for educational programming for over 15 years.

2019 ASPIRE Intern leaders:

Rena Kulczycki and Rhonda Atwell.