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Vermont Foodbank – Hunger Action Conference

Deepening Community

Friday, May 5, 2017 / 7:30 am (registration) – 3:30 pm

Killington Grand Resort, Killington, VT

Online registration is now closed. Walk-in registrations are welcome the day of the conference.

If you have not yet registered and would like to attend, please contact Jen Messier at jmessier@vtfoodbank.org

Just added! Conference materials available:

Conference agenda

workshop descriptions

Thursday Evening Reception, May 4th, 6-8PM

Meet and Greet Reception with Vermont Foodbank and Paul Born on Thursday, May 4th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Killington Grand Resort.  Guests staying at the resort prior to Friday’s conference are invited to join the Vermont Foodbank for light hors d’oeuvres and drinks from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Come meet the staff of the Vermont Foodbank, other agencies from around the state, and the 2017 keynote speaker, Paul Born.  Paul has graciously agreed to sign copies of his books that will be on sale at the event.

This year’s conference will focus on the importance of community engagement and innovation, and deepening community to bring large scale change to our communities.  Our keynote speaker is Paul Born.  Paul is the cofounder and President of the Tamarack Institute, and founder of Vibrant Communities Canada – a network of more than 70 Cities Reducing Poverty. He is a leader on issues of place, citizen engagement, collective impact and community innovation. The author of four books, including two Canadian best sellers, Paul is internationally recognized for his community-building activities that have won awards from the United Nations and as a Senior Fellow of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social innovators.

Paul Born grew up in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia as the son of Mennonite refugees. This in part is what made him deeply curious about and engaged in ideas that cause people to work together for the common good, work that he describes as collective altruism. Learn more at www.paulborn.ca

Paul is a motivational speaker, and a skilled facilitator of large group conversations who supports communities throughout Canada and the United States on issues and the process of large scale change. Paul resides in Waterloo, Ontario.

About Tamarack Institute

The Tamarack Institute is a connected force for community change with more than 20,000 members in our learning community. We work with leaders in non-profits, governments, businesses and the community to make the work of advancing positive community change easier and more effective. We do this by teaching and writing about collective impact, community engagement, collaborative leadership, community development, and evaluating community impact. We turn theory into action by connecting people into networks to share and learn together, and we work one-on-one with organizations to help advance their specific agendas.

Learn more at www.tamarackcommunity.ca

Conference Workshops will include:

  • Deepening Community for Poverty Reduction (based on Born’s best-selling book)
  • Community Conversations for Community Change (based on Born’s best-selling book)
  • Engaging People with Lived Experience
  • Keeping it Fresh: Produce Care and Handling for Community Food Programs
  • Intro to Results Based Accountability
  • From Gleaner to Freezer: Minimally Processing Vermont’s Surplus Crops
  • Grow Your Own: a Community Lesson in Self-Sufficiency
  • And more!


If you have any questions, please contact Jen Messier, jmessier@vtfoodbank.org.


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