Co+Host brings together a diverse network of professionals interested in facilitation, and serious about real outcomes. We practice co-facilitation because we believe it offers the most effective results for our clients, and the greatest opportunities for skill sharing between our members. As a group, we have a basket of tools that help us build a productive space that your group fills with knowledge, experience and ideas. We then help you turn these conversations into change, action and resolutions.

We are based on Haida Gwaii, the traditional territory of the Haida, and our work extends throughout Northern British Columbia.

Each member of Co+Host lives on Haida Gwaii and is passionate about contributing to the well being of these islands. We also work with organizations off-island, bringing with us the unique perspectives we’ve learned from this special place. We work together in a non-hierarchical organizational structure, meaning all members participate in consensus-based decision making.

Jennifer Dysart // Facilitator
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Jennifer Dysart

What are you most passionate about?

Learning about different ways of seeing the world and sharing these with others.

What’s your secret obsession?

Sweeping.

What do you love most about Haida Gwaii?

The storms, the strong spirit of the people, the wild food. I even like that people know all my personal business!

What is something your fellow-facilitators will not know about you until they read this bio?

I chased elephants on my 28th birthday.

But seriously...

Jennifer Dysart is trained as a chemical engineer and has worked as a facilitator and process designer over the past decade in New Brunswick, Zambia and on Haida Gwaii. Most recently, she collaborated with the Village of Queen Charlotte to design and facilitate a community dialogue on Teen Drinking and Drug Use. In 2014, she worked with Gwaii Trust to design and coordinate QCC Harbour Strategic Planning Proposal their Economic Development Forum, which saw upwards of 125 people in attendance. She is a natural mediator and believes in facilitation that leads to action.

Allison Smith // Facilitator
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Allison Smith

What are you most passionate about?

I’m a big picture kind of person. I get most excited when I get to combine my love for design thinking, storytelling and facilitation to tackle meaningful problems and to come up with creative solutions. Whether that’s generating disruptive business models, engaging communities for locally-led change or collaborating with organizations for strategic planning; it all gets my creative juices flowing!

Behind every great community or organization are the people that make it all happen. I’m passionate about empowering those individuals to unleash the skills, wisdom and abilities they already possess so that they can start shifting ideas into action. I’m inspired by those ah-ha moments!

What do you love most about Haida Gwaii?

I moved to Haida Gwaii just over a year ago, and since then I’ve fallen in love with so many aspects of these islands, it’s hard to choose what I love most. But I’d have to say, I love that I can walk out my front door and have access to natural spaces. I can go stand-up paddle boarding, wild food harvesting or on an epic weekend adventure, just like that! And, without a long commute. Since being here I’ve strengthened my connection, appreciation and love for the environment, that it would be hard to ever leave!

What is something your fellow facilitators will not know about you until they read your bios?

I studied improv at the Second City in Toronto and dreamed about pursuing a career with SNL.

But seriously...

Allison is driven by a commitment to the growth and development of individuals, communities and organizations. As a business designer, and facilitator she has tackled issues surrounding collaborative leadership, capacity building, poverty reduction, maternal health and sustainable community development. In addition, Allison has worked with organizations in India, South Africa, the United Kingdom and western Canada. As a facilitator, she has experience engaging community members, private business, government organizations and aboriginal agencies, to create dialogue, engagement and action.

Allison holds a MSc. in Management from London Business School and a BScH in Biology from Queen’s University. Currently she is a board member of Literacy Haida Gwaii, the Haida Gwaii Arts Council and is the Business Development Officer at Haida Gwaii Community Futures.

Lindsay Seegmiller // Facilitator
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Lindsay Seegmiller

Why do you facilitate?

I feel like facilitation blends my passions and skills in the best way possible. I’m passionate about helping organizations and communities come together to work on challenges that open up opportunities for growth and development. And, I love learning about about the features that make the groups I work with unique. I also happen to be pretty good at organizing, listening and picking out patterns.

What do you do when you’re not working?

Without a dobut, the best part about Haida Gwaii for me is the opportunities to completely unplug. I’m happiest when I’m out hiking somewhere new, or kayaking in my backyard.

What is something your fellow-facilitators will not know about you until they read this bio?

When I was 16 and 17, I spent my summers on 42 and 50 day canoe trips in Ontario and Quebec. On each trip, I had a designated “day shirt” that lasted the full duration of the trip. I have both of these t-shirts stored at my parents house - very much unwashed. And I still love the smell of them…

But seriously...

Lindsay’s passion for facilitation emerged through her work with small non-profits supporting community development in Canada, Africa and Latin America. For the past 10 years, she has engaged communities and organizations on issues of engagement, capacity building, organizational development, poverty reduction, social enterprise, and beyond. Lindsay has trained as a facilitator with the Art of Hosting and The Work, and has experience connecting diverse individuals with a shared interest or cause.

Lindsay is currently completing a Masters in Leadership from Royal Roads University, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University. She is a board member of the Island Wellness Society and Students Offering Support (Toronto, Canada). She is the Executive Director of Laskeek Bay Conservation Society and a freelance writer and web designer.

 
Caitlin Blewett // Facilitator
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Caitlin Blewett

Why do you facilitate?

My passion is community development and facilitating meaningful conversations is a huge part of supporting communities to move forward, tackle their challenges and rejoice in their successes.

What’s your secret obsession?

Knitting (is it a secret?)

What is your favourite Haida Gwaii food?

But how to choose just one? Scallops. No, deer. Deer is my favourite. And halibut. In tacos! I love halibut tacos. Do Island Joe’s tomatoes count as a local food? Sliced, with salt, on homemade sourdough….

But seriously...

Caitlin came to facilitation through her work in community development and public health. For the past ten years, she has worked in research, policy development, and grassroots health planning across a broad range of health topics, from pediatric orthopedic surgical outcomes to carcinogen exposure surveillance to the early years. Caitlin is inspired by the stories and knowledge that fill a room whenever a group of people come together with a common goal.

Caitlin has a Masters of Public Health from the University of British Columbia. She currently works for Doctors of BC as a community facilitator for child and youth mental health and substance use services planning. She is the Festival Director of the Edge of the World Music Festival, a volunteer firefighter and a board member of the Islands Wellness Society.

Kara Sievewright // Graphic Recorder
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Kara Sievewright

What are you most passionate about?

As a graphic recorder and illustrator, my passion is to listen to people’s ideas, information, and stories and to translate these into visuals that can create meaningful connections, solutions, and change.

What is your favourite Haida Gwaii food?

There are too many! Prawns, scallops, cold smoked salmons…but the food that I can catch or harvest myself is especially satisfying, so wild strawberries from the dunes on North Beach, crab netted at low tide, huckleberries on my dog walks around town, and sgyuu (nori) harvested from rocks in the spring.

What do you love most about Haida Gwaii?

The rich and complex relationships people here have to each other and the land and sea.

But seriously...

Kara Sievewright has a background in community organizing and has been working with non-profit, health, legal, and education organizations for the past fifteen years. Meanwhile she has had a freelance career as an illustrator, writer, graphic designer, and web developer where she has honed her skills for translating complex information into meaningful visuals and stories. Recently she has trained as a graphic recorder and hopes to use her skills and experience to help organizations make lasting change.

Kara has a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She is a board member on the Haida Gwaii Arts Council, a collective member of the Graphic History Collective, and a member of the Canadian Freelance Union. She is a published writer and illustrator and is working on a graphic novel.

 

Co-facilitation

Consensus

Quality

Inclusiveness and non-hierarchical gathering

Collaboration

Building local capacity and community

Accountability to our local community

Growth