S peaking to groups large and small, I use humour and story to explore how we find connection and hope in our communities. Sharing stories from my debut book Little Yellow House; Finding Community in a Changing Neighbourhood, my keynote and breakout sessions can be tailored to meet a diverse range of organizational needs. Have an upcoming professional development day? Conference? Team building retreat? Contact me to discuss opportunities.
We chose Carissa Halton as the opening keynote speaker for our annual conference. Her warmth, authenticity, and good humour set a delightfully positive tone for the weekend. Carissa is a wonderful storyteller, and the experiences she shared are a testament to the transformative power of small kindnesses.
Carissa is an engaging speaker who captivates the audience immediately with her ability to tell a story. She is as authentic as the stories she tells about her experiences with people and her environment while living in Alberta Avenue in Edmonton. I highly recommend Carissa as a featured speaker; she does not disappoint.
It was an absolute joy to have Carissa Halton present at LitFest. Not only is she keen to help shape her events, she is also generous and innovative in her approach. Her savvy with promotions and social media is a great asset for organizers, and her sold-out walking tour event was one of the most memorable we've ever had at the fest. We'd invite her back any time!
Keynote or Session Presentation
Our oldest neighbourhoods and their diverse residents spanning class and culture have much to teach us about our societies’ greatest weaknesses and strength. In this 45 - 60 minute talk titled Lessons from my Old, Misunderstood Neighbourhood audiences will be inspired to take a more active and compassionate role in making their communities safe, just, and inclusive. Specific and customized focuses are available including lessons on: engagement, leadership, collaboration, trust, community.
I read the book ahead so I know some of the stories but it was good to hear them tied together. Carissa was so engaging. The 90 minutes went by so quickly because of the wonderful storytelling and sense of humour. Excellent presentation!
In this 60 or 90-minute interactive workshop titled Finding Community in Your Neighbourhood: Building a Plan, participants will evaluate what role they/ their organization plays in the health and vibrancy of their community. Participants will develop the bones of a plan that they can take back to their home/teams to further discussion about how they will further contribute to the social fabric of their communities. I draw on my training in IAP2 (International Association of Public Participation) and experience as a strategic planning facilitator to lead this session. Customized workshops are available.
Walk and Talk in Alberta Avenue
Carissa is engaging, funny, smart, and relatable. Her stories are inspiring and helped to bring out the best in our team and contemplate what is possible for our community. We very much enjoyed our walking tour with her, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her!
Starting at the volunteer-run arts cafe, the Carrot Coffeehouse, join me on a walk and talk through Alberta Avenue where the stories of Little Yellow House are set. Over the 90 - 120 minute walk and talk, there will be many opportunities to discuss what our oldest neighbourhoods can teach us about relationships, social justice and successful urban design.