CONNECT 2019

CONNECT 2019 logoCONNECT 2019: a weekend of learning for Rangers and Unit Guiders of ALL branches.

Sessions will provide Unit Guiders and Rangers with skills, confidence and tools to encourage each girl to be everything she wants to be.

When: November 22-24th, 2019

Where: The Westin Ottawa

Registration is now closed. 

To be placed on the waitlist please complete and submit the Waitlist form.

Speakers and Sessions

Keynote speaker

    Tina Varughese
    On Saturday morning, Tina will be presenting her keynote speech which will focus on diversity & inclusion for women and girls.

Sessions

    Back by popular demand – The Umbrella Project
    Psychological health and well-being
    LGBTQ2+
    Ability & Disability
    Female empowerment
    Bullying
    Q&A with girl/youth members
    A Ranger-specific session: Girls First and Peer Support

Further details regarding the speakers and sessions will be added soon.

Fun and Friendship

In addition to the professional development sessions that are offered, the event will also include:

  • An indigenous smudging ceremony as part of the opening ceremony
  • Special guests from within the Guiding community 
  • A Saturday night campfire on Parliament Hill
  • Guiding marketplace
  • Historical information about Guiding, courtesy of local Trefoil Guilds
  • Drop in program selections

Registration

Priority Registration* for Rangers and Unit Guiders that were unable to attend CONNECT 2018:
11:00 a.m., Friday, June 14th, 2019.

General Registration:
11:00 a.m., Friday, June 28th, 2019.

*To ensure fairness to delegates who were unable to attend last year's CONNECT event, the first two weeks of registration is limited to Rangers and Unit Guiders who did not attend CONNECT 2018. If you did attend CONNECT 2018 and attempt to register within the priority registration period, your registration will be cancelled and you will be notified and invited to register during the general registration period. General registration is open to Unit Guiders who attended CONNECT 2018.

Registration notes:

  • All registrants must be current members for the 2019-2020 Guiding year. Registrations will be cross-referenced in iMIS and any individuals that are not Unit Guiders (adults) or Rangers (girls/youth) may have their registration cancelled.
  • If you are registering as a Ranger delegate, please have your parent/guardian complete the form.
  • The registration is payable by Visa or MasterCard only.
  • It will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete this comprehensive registration form, but we promise you that CONNECT 2019 will be one for the books!

Cost

The registration fee for this event is $150 plus HST. The registration fee contributes towards the cost of sessions, meals, snacks, accommodation (based on double occupancy – two individuals per room) and transportation. Please know that the registration fee for this event is substantially subsidized by Ontario Council. The actual cost per participant is $550. If you wish to make a donation to the organization to offset the event’s cost, it would be very much appreciated.

Refunds

The deposit for this event is $75 plus HST and is non-refundable and non-transferrable. Refunds for the balance payment will be considered if the request is submitted in writing to connect@ guidesontario.org by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 23rd, 2019. After this time no refunds will be provided without medical documentation. Refunds are provided via the same method used to pay for the event. For this reason, if you paid using a prepaid Visa or MasterCard, we recommend that you retain the card for any future transactions.

Accommodation

Participants will be accommodated in The Westin Ottawa. You will have an opportunity to indicate your preferred roommate on the registration form.

Additional details:

  • Ontario Council reserves the right to determine final room assignments.
  • Accommodation is based on double occupancy (two individuals per room).
  • Accessible rooms are available and you may note on your registration form if you require one.
  • This hotel and conference centre is non-smoking facility.

Transportation

Transportation to and from the event will be subsidized in part by Ontario Council.

The Westin is centrally located in downtown Ottawa, and as such, public transportation is an excellent option for those that are local to the Ottawa area.

For those coming from further away, we suggest carpooling. Mileage is reimbursed to the driver only at $0.25/km. On the registration form, you will have an opportunity to indicate whether or not you are offering or would like carpooling. In September, we will be sharing information about carpooling with all registrants that have provided permission for us to do so, so that you may facilitate this with members in your community.

If you live more than 400km from the event, you may be eligible to fly in. There will be a spot on the registration form for you to indicate this selection. In September, staff will share your information with our Travel Agent who will contact you directly to make arrangements.

The final option for transportation to and from the event is via VIA Rail or a bus. Individuals that select this option on their registration form will be contacted in September to make these arrangements.

Meals

The menu for CONNECT will be healthy, filling and delicious! We are happy to accommodate food allergies and sensitivities, but we are not able to accommodate food preferences. Please tell us about any of your requirements on the registration form. Your registration fee includes the following meals:

  • Friday evening snack
  • Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Sunday breakfast, with a lunch to go

Frequently Asked Questions

I live in the Ottawa area and do not require accommodation. Can I pay a reduced fee?

You may choose not to stay overnight if you wish, but by doing so, you miss out on the opportunity to further connect with your sisters in Guiding. There is no discount for those that choose not to stay overnight.

How do I get reimbursed for my travel expenses to and from the event?

Details about reimbursement will be provided at the event. Please remember to keep receipts for anything you purchase directly (i.e. public transportation pass).

How can I make arrangements for a support person at the event?

Please contact connect@guidesontario.org and a member of our staff team will contact you to facilitate these arrangements.

My Ranger is coming from a distance. Will she be supervised during the trip?

Whenever possible, we will try to facilitate having an adult member travel with the girl(s). Arrangements like this will be discussed once registration is complete and we know who/how many participants will be travelling. Before making any travel commitments, Safe Guide requirements related to travel will be followed and consultation with families will take place to make sure everyone is comfortable with the suggested arrangements.

Questions? Please contact connect@guidesontario.org.

Curious about past CONNECT event sessions? Explore the sessions from CONNECT 2018

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