San Francisco, California
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How do various communities experience city parks?
How can parks promote a sense of belonging for everyone?
What would truly inclusive parks look like?
This year’s Park Summit will take up the question of how parks can best serve people that have been historically marginalized and underrepresented in public spaces. Come to the Park Summit to experience powerful examples of what’s possible when we challenge ourselves to truly leverage the power of parks–for everyone.
Join us at Canada’s largest gathering of park leaders and champions, planning and design professionals and city builders.
LEARN: From international and national leaders who are transforming parks into the heart of communities
CONNECT: Meet and connect with like-minded park enthusiasts at a lively social gathering
EXPERIENCE: Tour a local park project
*From 11:30-12:30 Join Friends of Regent Park & warm up around the Regent Park bake oven for a workshop and enjoy a freshly baked snack before the Summit. We'll see you in the park!
Sarida Scott, Executive Director, Community Development Advocates of Detroit
Sarida Scott has served as the Executive Director for the Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD) since September 2012. CDAD is a membership organization of community development and neighborhood improvement groups serving its members through public policy advocacy, community engagement and capacity building. Prior to coming to CDAD, she worked at Michigan Community Resources, holding positions as Legal Director and Chief Program Officer. She has worked in the community development industry and local government, combined, for more than fifteen years. Sarida received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.S. in Engineering from the University of Michigan. Sarida’s work experience has been concentrated in the areas of nonprofit legal compliance, education and community engagement. She lives in Detroit with her husband and daughter.
Rena Soutar – Cha’an Tdut, Cultural Planner at Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
Rena Soutar-Cha’an Dtut is of Haida descent and works as a Cultural Planner for the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. She has worked on project consultations with the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Lil’wat peoples in environmental, cultural, and intergovernmental contexts. Her engagement with Aboriginal artists on public art installations includes outreach to every province and territory across Canada.
She is the author of Songhees, a cultural biography of the Songhees Nation in Victoria, BC. She is also editorial contributor to “O Siyam: Aboriginal Art Inspired by the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games”, a book chronicling the Venues Aboriginal Art Program, a project which she also coordinated. She makes her home in Greater Vancouver with her husband and three year old daughter. Rena draws strength from raising a bright young girl and is constantly reminded that a commitment to helping build a world beyond colonialism means building a better future for all young ones.
jil p. weaving, Coordinator of the Arts Culture and Environment Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
jil p. weaving is currently working as the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation’s Coordinator of Arts, Culture and Engagement. jil worked with the Canada Council for the Arts as a researcher during their pilot program supporting artists working with communities. She also was a member of the BC Arts Council Community Arts Advisory Committee during the creation of the provincial ‘Arts Based Community Development Funding Program’. She was responsible for drafting Reconciliation strategies for the Vancouver Park Board in response to the TRC “Calls to Action”, was on the steering committee for the “TRACKS” conference bringing together indigenous and non-indigenous artists who work in community-engaged ways and has been leading a series of consultations with indigenous artists and cultural advisors on the questions that arise in proposing community-engaged indigenous/non-indigenous reconciliation arts.
Jil was responsible for drafting Reconciliation strategies for the Vancouver Park Board in response to the TRC “Calls to Action”, was on the steering committee for the “TRACKS” conference bringing together indigenous and non-indigenous artists who work in community-engaged ways and has been leading a series of consultations with indigenous artists and cultural advisors on the questions that arise in proposing community-engaged indigenous/non-indigenous reconciliation arts.
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