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ASPIRE Foundation Program: Facilitation, Design and Leadership 2018

  Apr 8 - Apr 13, 2018 Sun 7:00 PM - Fri 1:00 PM

 “I feel that I can apply this to my life/work”

 “I feel with the ASPIRE model – the potential for personal and social change is clear.”

 “Another successful, transformative, empowering experience with the Tatamagouche Centre!”

 Over the past 30 years here’s what people say they like about this evolving program:

  • Its experiential nature; learning by doing and reflecting
  • The diversity of approaches and techniques used and learned
  • The openness and generosity of the facilitators
  • Working in teams, brainstorming, feeding off each other to develop something- taking the unknown to the known 
  • Group work. Small group work- learning from each other
  • Team work and co-facilitation opportunities
  • Practicing while learning
  • Respecting the learner’s abilities
  • Pace, variety, wonderful people to be with 
  • The balance of theory and practice
  • Congeniality- tone of program environment 
  • Food, fun, friendship, learning, approach, especially the building block effect; taking one piece at a time- simple to complex 

Our program: This is a foundational program at the heart of Tatamagouche Centre. It allows you to learn effective facilitation skills and creative program design, leading to transformational community learning and development. Using an experiential approach participants are afforded in-depth practice, discussion, and reflection. Whether you organize meetings, workshops or design complex projects or programs, this is an opportunity for you to gain skills, clarify leadership styles and deepen insights. Designed for both experienced and novice facilitators, participants will learn and practice this popular education methodology developed and honed by Tatamagouche Centre for over 30 years. 

Drawing from a number of sources including human relations training, popular adult education, participatory development, spiritual growth, and organizational planning, the ASPIRE model of the Tatamagouche Centre combines theory and practice in “action-reflection” cycles through which participants learn from their own experience and efforts. It is this participatory, “hands-on” learning process, combined with inputs from contemporary adult education, human development and social change theory, which constitute the heart of the model.

The ASPIRE Model is now foundational for many community education programs throughout the Maritime region in Canada. Educators trained in this model apply it within community, organizational, faith-based, small business, and social change settings. In addition, program resource people linked with Tatamagouche Centre have contextualized the model for use in Africa and Latin America. As well, it is basis for various adult education and training of trainers programs within the Coady International Institute, Antigonish. Participants receive a Facilitation and Design certificate at the completion of the program.

Program Cost: $990 (tuition, meals & accommodation)
Local Price: $790 (without overnight)

We strive to make our programs as accessible as possible. 
Please contact our Registrar to inquire about a bursary or payment plan.

Deadline for Bursary Applications is March 19th.

Deadline to register for this program: March 23rd.


Brian Braganza

Brian Braganza

Brian Braganza is a Courage & Renewal Facilitator and experiential educator specializing in vocational counselling, sustainability education, masculinity, and youth engagement. He has a long history with the HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development and supports a wide diversity of youth and young adults to live into their vocational call and have meaningful roles and voices in their communities. Brian delivers experiential programs for men and boys, which builds their abilities to connect authentically and live into their wholeness and co-designed T.O.N.E., Therapy Outside Normal Environments, a unique men’s therapeutic project. From 2012-2015 he co-designed and delivered Dalhousie University’s Sustainability Leadership Certificate Program, increasing student’s capacity to take effective social and environmental action. Brian’s own personal transformations and continual desire to uncover his best self, led him to the work of Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. He lives in a straw-bale home he built on an old farm near Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Brian is also a wilderness traveler, poet and songwriter.

Amanda Reddick

Amanda Reddick

Amanda Reddick is a highly trained and experienced facilitator and Counsellor. She is kept busy providing services and consultation to community, private, and multi-level government organizations in the form of transformational Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism programming. Amanda’s expertise has been shaped by her work as the Regional Program Manager with the Canadian Centre for Diversity, her roles as Facilitator, Program Resource, Black Leadership Advisory, and Program Designer with the Tatamagouche Training Centre; and her educational background in Peace and Conflict Studies and Religious Studies. Amanda’s experience as a Counsellor and Community Development Worker has further refined her commitment  to creating supportive and non-threatening spaces to engage in the often sensitive and difficult conversations surrounding issues of diversity and inclusion.  She has worked as a National Facilitator for the Canadian Race Relations Foundations and has worked as an independent contractor with numerous organizations throughout Nova Scotia, Canada.

Amanda is an internationally certified Dialogue for Peaceful Change  Mediator that specializes in complex global governance, local/community, and individually based issues that require healing, community building, social justice and diversity based perspective and anti oppressive analysis. She is a partner in Emerge International ( facilitation and conflict mediation services, and she is a member facilitator with Culture, Diversity and Equity (

Mohamed Yaffa

 Mohamed Yaffa uses the ASPIRE model in educating staff in his role with the Diversity and Inclusion Program with Nova Scotia Health Authority – whose focus is on reducing health inequities for marginalized populations in the province. He coordinated cultural and family violence prevention programs for Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) for six years, facilitating the bridging of cultural gaps for new comers to Canada, awareness raising and skill development for private and public sector service providers.

Mohamed has been part of the Tatamagouche Centre Program Resource Group (PRG) since 2002 and has applied the ASPIRE model for educational programming for over 15 years. Mohamed has been involved in many social justice, bridge-building and inter-faith initiatives in Nova Scotia, bringing a multi-cultural perspective to the work.

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