Calling all Champions!

Oct 8, 2019—West Kelowna, BC: IndigenEYEZ is excited to announce the return of Champions of Change! This empowering workshop series will be held at the Westbank First Nation Health and Wellness Building, in West Kelowna, every month from October 2019 to May 2020.


Are you a Frontline Worker? Champions of Change will give you a new set of tools to more effectively address challenging relationships, increasing engagement, and motivate your community.

Are you a Health Program Manager? During Champions of Change you will learn how to build and maintain positive uplifting teams, and strengthen your leadership skills.

Are you a Teacher? Champions of Change demonstrates holistic experiential lesson planning, which incorporate engaging art activities and First Peoples principles of learning.



This innovative coaching and leadership training series will give you tools to more effectively reach your goals and foster the changes you are striving for—whether you’re working with children, youth, families, health, natural resources, education or employment.


Because we use a coach approach, we focus on the needs and priorities that arise from the specific group assembled for each workshop – so the topics covered in the sessions are both responsive and fluid. You can jump in at any point in the journey and still benefit deeply – whether you take one or all of the workshops.

Join us for any—or all—of these 5 modules and strengthen your connection to yourself, to others, and to the land and water:

Oct 25th & Nov 18th: Module 1 – Connection to Self
This first module strengthens self-awareness of unique strengths and leadership qualities. The goal is to ignite your imagination and creative spirit so you can allow more of your strengths and wisdom to sparkle through. Arts-based processes are explored to encourage participants to open up to express what is within themselves, open up to new ways of thinking, and awaken purpose and passion. Questions will be explored like: Who am I? What does it mean to be Indigenous or ally? What are the gifts/strengths that I have to offer? What contributions do I want to make in my family, community, and the world? What gets in the way of fully stepping into my essence?

Dec 6th & Jan 17th: Module 2 – Connection to Others
The second module will share Syilx concepts and stories illustrating traditional values such as kindness, respect, and patience. Deep empathetic listening and strength-based communication are some of the teachings that will support us to enhance existing relationships and navigate challenging ones. Coaching processes are used to provide peer support for taking bold steps into leadership.

Feb 21st & April 17th: Module 3 – Connection to Team
In this third module we draw upon coaching methodologies and creative empowerment to foster a community of learners who lift one another up. The captikwl stories teach us that each of us has different leadership styles, and we need all types to make the best decisions and best plans possible. Coyote teaches us to learn from our mistakes and Fox reminds us about unconditional love. Through interactive processes we gain perspective and begin to identify the masks, triggers, and patterns that stand in the way of deeper, more authentic connections with others.

March 16th & 17th: Module 4 – Connection to Community
In this module, traditional and contemporary models for change are explored. We discuss the changes we want to foster in our communities and classrooms. We share tools for “ritualizing into practice” our new habits and healthy patterns. We teach how to build containers for courageous conversations. The impacts of colonization and the meaning of truth and reconciliation will be explored as we identify the next steps forward in our journey—both individually and collectively. We will ask: What fosters change in community? And how do we unite our people across the generations when the divides are deep and complex between families, sectors, and age groups?

Dates & Locations in May 2020 TBD: Module 5 – Connection to Land and Culture
These final sessions lead us outdoors to strengthen our relationship to the land and ancestors. Land-based activities from the Rediscovery program are utilized to support participants in opening your senses and remembering the healing aspects of simply being connected to nature. Sharing of traditional teachings and concepts is the focus of this module.


Sign up for one—or for all 10 Sessions!


Facilitated by Program Director Kelly Terbasket



IndigenEYEZ Program Director Kelly Terbasket has a contagious laugh, a talent for connecting people, and a passion for the power of community. With more than 20 years experience managing community projects, Kelly is known in First Nations throughout BC for her inspiring workshops on everything from team building to strategic planning to effective leadership. As a person of mixed heritage, Kelly has been bridging distinct worlds all her life, learning to weave together the strengths of her Syilx and European ancestry.



With additional facilitation support from:
 Kim Haxton, Deb Crow, Allan Thomas Lindley, and Bill Cohen 


Westbank First Nation Health and Wellness Building: The Siya Room
1900 Quail Lane, West Kelowna

2019: Oct 25th, Nov 18th, Dec 6th,
2020: Jan 17th, Feb 21st, March 16th, March 17th, April 17th

The last two sessions which will happen on two consecutive days in May, where we will go out on the land. Dates and location TBD. Sign up for one—or for all 10 workshops!

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

$150/per workshop (25% discount if you pre-register for all 10 sessions)

Lunch will be provided for each session, with gluten-free and vegetarian options.


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contact Anni Phillips at or 250-328-9634

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I loved the workshop! It was very powerful and a whole lot of fun. I felt safe and really heard. I have done a lot of healing work already, but this process took it to a whole other level. I was authentically expressing myself in front of other Indigenous people who totally understood my pain; it was very validating to say the least. I made good connections and I look forward to the next module!!

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