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Get inspired with NORDIK's upcoming online workshops

Workshops geared to aspiring and existing social entrepeneurs are among events coming up to keep you busy from the comfort of your home
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Algoma University. File photo, Darren Taylor/SooToday

With 2021 being a year of inclusivity, NORDIK, a community-based research institute run by Algoma University, and the institute’s Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (SEE) initiative has announced a series of free online workshops designed to inspire social innovation, activate local talent and increase resilience, with a particular focus on women, a news release issued by NORDIK stated. 

The series, called Leading into the Future: Inspiring and Activating Community Social Innovation, is part of the Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN) project that supports women and gender non-binary people who are typically underrepresented in business. Their goal is to create and grow enterprises that embed social values into their business model, the release states.

“The series will engage participants in the fundamentals of place-based social innovation in the COVID-19 context”, said Jude Ortiz, NORDIK’s research coordinator. “It focuses on what has changed, what people can do about it and the social pressure points that drive action. It reveals how regions similar to Northern Ontario have developed thriving successful enterprises, and features a variety of successful northern ones.”

These workshops will be helpful for aspiring and existing social entrepreneurs, community leaders, business development organizations, tourism and funding agencies, and the public in general. The workshops will have presentations, guest speakers and registrant discussion sections that are designed to strengthen businesses with social, cultural or environmental concerns. 

Although the three online workshops are offered as a series, they can also be taken separately. They will be held on Mar. 2, 3, and 4, from 12 noon - 1 pm EST., and participants are encouraged to register in advance. 

Despite the province slowly reopening and the Algoma region entering the Yellow zone, Saultites are still encouraged to continue following COVID-19 guidelines and stay home as much as possible. Many of us are staying inside and online now more than ever.

So each week, SooToday will share some of the virtual events taking place to help you make the most of these unprecedented times, and have fun safely at home.

If you or someone you know is planning a local virtual event (concert, class, celebration, etc.), send the details to [email protected].

Other events taking place this week include:

A Visit to the Galapagos Islands Part II

Feb. 16

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Galapagos Islands? You can with this virtual visit to the Galapagos Islands hosted by the Riverwood Conservancy. As a follow-up to the first webinar, an exploration of these exotic islands will be continued. You will learn about the geology, ecology, economics, and current political issues in the islands, as well as their central role in the history of science. This sounds like an educational and interesting presentation for the whole family.

Online Baking Workshop: Lemon Meringue Pie

Feb. 20

With this virtual baking workshop on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m., you can learn how to make lemon meringue pie from scratch at home. The workshop will be hosted by Shiela’s, an online baking school. Cost for the workshop is $45. 

“Think fresh lemon curd topped with sky high Swiss meringue, supported by my all butter pie crust and toasted to perfection! Participants will be able to bake along or simply just watch as I demo step by step how to make the crust, filling, and of course - assemble the pie,” said Shiela on the workshop’s Facebook event page

Recipe cards (with measurements and instructions) and conference details will be sent to participants. This online workshop can be accessed using a computer or an iPad.

Ingredients and items needed for the workshop are: AP flour, butter, lemon juice, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, heat proof bowl, a pot, electric mixer, pie plate, rolling pin or clean wine bottle. 

Rest & Relax Yoga with Angela Koppens

Feb. 21

Join Angela Koppens of KoppensFit for some relaxing slow flow yoga this Sunday, Feb. 21 at 8:15 p.m. for one hour. All you need to do is put on your comfy clothes and grab your yoga mat, bolsters, pillows and blankets. Koppens recommends lighting some candles and playing music to set the mood. Time will be spent in restful postures to relax tense muscles and find a sense of calm. The virtual class will be held via Zoom and cost will be $15. Please register and prepay at [email protected] to get the Zoom link.

Art Therapy Fun 

Feb. 24

Make your own Gratitude or Positive Tree to frame and hang to remind yourself of all the positive things in your life with this fun and relaxing therapeutic art class. The free virtual class, hosted by Lynda Layne Consulting, will be held via Zoom on Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. EST. It is open to all ages. 

The tree stencil will be provided, but other supplies that you will need are:

1. White card stock (paper heavier than regular paper if available)

2. HB, soft pencil, charcoal or dark chalk for tracing the tree stencil

3. Pencil crayons (you will need to write with a permanent marker over the pencil crayons, so no wax crayons etc.)

4. Permanent black markers in various sizes: fine marker, regular marker or any other sizes you would like to use

5. Any other markers of choice

Have an event coming up? Add it to our Community Calendar here.

Did we miss something? E-mail us at [email protected].