Building Community Relationships
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm EST
Learn and hear stories from non-profits and grassroots organizations on their success and challenges of building community relationships and outreach/engagement strategies.
Speakers: Daniel Hidalgo, Trevor White Grass, Vanessa Nicholson
Daniel is a single father to an 8-year-old boy and foster parent to an 18-year-old extended care youth. He is the lifetime product of the child welfare system. Currently, Daniel is employed as an action therapist, where his focus is on the advocacy and support of indigenous kids in care. He has always been employed in the human/social services field. He was also briefly a fire paramedic for the city of Winnipeg and has been actively involved in many of our cities altruistic group in a leadership capacity as a volunteer captain/medic. These groups include Mama Bear Clan, OPK, and Drag the Red.
Very recently Daniel created his own grassroots non-profit volunteer group called “CommUNITY204”. The group is composed almost entirely of youth and adults that have been, or currently are in CFS. Their goal is helping the marginalized community with access to basic human needs (water, appropriate clothing, hygiene products and food), harm reduction / minimization, assurance of safety (through crisis intervention, peacekeeping, safe walks, and search parties), Collaboration with other groups with the same mission (Thunderbirdz, OPK, Anishiative, MBC, BLM) relocation of residency, and furniture donations/pick-ups. Most recently Daniel was fortunate enough to be awarded as a finalist for the 2020 CBC Manitoba Future 40, amongst the top selection for the Social Activism Volunteerism Category.