There’s a new executive director behind the helm at the Tatamagouche Centre. Josie Baker joined the team late last month, bringing experience in community development and social justice work. Submitted photo

Fundraising and role playing tabletop games are the focus of two upcoming programs at the Tatamagouche Centre next month.

Josie Baker, the executive director of the centre, said the first program gives participants a chance to work together while learning about themselves.

“Liberatory Story and Play is about tabletop role playing games,” she said. “A friend, who was a young person, moved to Vancouver where she is part of the queer and transgender community. Playing these games saved her life.”

Avery Adler, a narrative therapist and game designer, will lead Liberatory Story and Play from Nov. 10 to 12. It’s a queer program, in that it includes queer themes and is emerging from a queer/trans subculture, however it is open to all identities, including community leaders, youth, and support workers, as a tool for building community resilience.

Affinity groups will allow teams of people to explore the themes and practices, and how they can be applied to their own backgrounds.

“It focuses on community building, playing and designing your own games,” said Baker. “Some of the games you can play in a couple of hours with friends, and some are played over a few sessions. It’s easier to learn how to lead the games.”

One of the games on tap is The Quiet Years, which features a community that just survived the apocalypse.

“The game is the one quiet year before the apocalypse starts again. There’s a deck of cards and the card tells you what happens that week in the year. By playing together, you’re set in a fantastical post-apocalypse where you build and maintain the community by working together.”

Adler will highlight how games can be used as tools to better understand oneself, their relationships, and their collective struggles.

Cost for Liberatory Story and Play is $375 if the participant needs accommodations, or $295 without. Food is provided and bursaries are available if cost is a barrier. Registration deadline, and deadlines for bursaries, is Oct. 26.

The second program will feature grassroots fundraising guru Kim Klein and a Fundraising for Social Change from Nov. 24 to 26.

“She teaches you it’s possible to do the work you want to do, and how to get the support by the people in the community,” said Baker. “You don’t have to know millionaires to get the support you need.”

Baker said Klein was at the centre for a workshop seven years ago, and this is the only training in Canada Klein will be doing this year.

Participants will learn about identifying donors, fundraising strategies, building a team of volunteer fundraisers, and asking for money in person. Creating a fundraising plan and tracking progress are also on the agenda.

The Fundraising for Social Change registration fee is $680 for those needing accommodations, and $600 for those who don’t. The registration deadline is Nov. 10, and the fee includes tuition, meals, and one of Klein’s books.

For more information on either program, including to register, contact the Tatamagouche Centre at 902-657-2231, or visit