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TETRACON 2020

Tetra Society Presents TetraCon 2020!

Thank you to everyone who attended TetraCon 2020! Click on the playlist below to view all of the presentations from TetraCon.


On Saturday September 19th, join us for TetraCon 2020! We're going virtual this year and have created three "streams" that focus on different parts of the Tetra experience. There's something for everybody, whether you're new to Tetra or a long-time volunteer or chapter coordinator. Through seminars led by Tetra staff and Regional Coordinators, you will learn about how to make the absolute most of your Tetra experience. The three streams are:

  • University Clubs: Whether you are a post-secondary student entering your first year of study, a post-secondary lecturer or a professor, Tetra is looking for anyone who wants to make a difference in their university community. In this series of workshops, University Club participants will discuss the benefits of getting involved in a Tetra University Club while a university lecturer talks about how Tetra projects are often a perfect fit for a Capstone project.
  • Chapter Development: This stream is intended to help chapter coordinators, volunteers, and clients develop ideas about how to support your local chapter, from fundraising to social media promotions.
  • What Tetra Can Do for You: If you're just learning about Tetra for the first time, this is the channel for you! We'll introduce you to what Tetra's all about, provide opportunities to connect with volunteers to discuss your assistive device needs, and give some tips for starting a chapter in your community.

Schedule for the Day

Time (PDT) Time (MDT) Time (EDT) Time (ADT) Stream One: University Clubs Stream Two: Chapter Development Stream Three: What Tetra Can Do for You
9:00 10:00 12:00 1:00 Understanding Tetra: Who We Are and How We Help
10:00 11:00 1:00 2:00 Why Choose Tetra for your Capstone Projects? Fundraising in your Community Breakout Rooms - Discuss with Tetra Volunteers
11:00 12:00 2:00 3:00 What is a Tetra University Club? Effective Social Media How to start a chapter in my city?
12:00 1:00 3:00 4:00 TetraNet and TetraBase Tetra Solutions - Made for Everyone
1:00 2:00 4:00 5:00 Optimize your Tradeshows and Community Events netClé - the affordable solution to access the computer and beyond

Stream One: University Clubs

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Make a difference to your university community by starting a Tetra University Club. Tetra University Clubs foster collaboration between students and people with disabilities as they work together developing solutions to environmental barriers. University Clubs offer students real-world experience working on projects that prepare them for careers in engineering, mechanical design, and other technical fields. Join session facilitator Zahra Mohammad ass she leads conversations featuring:

  • University of British Columbia (UBC) lecturer Markus Fengler talking about Tetra’s role in Capstone project completion.
  • Members of Tetra University Clubs from UBC and the University of Ottawa discussing the University Club experience.

Schedule

Time (PDT) Time (MDT) Time (EDT) Time (ADT) Topic
10:00 11:00 1:00 2:00 Why Choose Tetra for your Capstone Projects?
Markus Fengler discusses how both students and Tetra clients benefit from choosing Tetra projects for their Capstone Project assignments.
11:00 12:00 2:00 3:00 What is a Tetra University Club?
Hear from members of UBC's Team Enable and University of Ottawa's Tetra club as they talk about their respective clubs and the benefits they experience from creating customized tetra projects for people with disabilities.

Speaker Bios

Zahra Mohammad

Zahra is the facilitator for the University Clubs stream and has been Tetra's Ottawa Chapter Coordinator since January after three years of volunteering. Zahra has a Master's degree in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering from Carleton University and was special adviser and MC for Enable Ottawa in 2018 and 2019. Zahra has great energy and a desire to give back to her community.

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Markus Fengler

Markus is a lecturer in UBC's Department of Mechanical Engineering where he teaches Mechanical Design. His passions include Design for Disability, and Sustainable Development. Before becoming a lecturer at UBC, Markus worked with Neil Squire Society and is no stranger to designing equipment for somebody with a disability.

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UBC Team Enable

UBC Team Enable is a student driven club at the University of British Columbia that consists of students from different engineering backgrounds, including mechanical, electrical, robotics, and biomedical. For the past four years, Team Enable has been working on tetra projects including an adapted video game controller and an automated blanket remover as well as modified iPad holders to name but a few.

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University of Ottawa Tetra Club

Students from the University of Ottawa's Tetra Club work together as they gain valuable experience designing and building assistive devices for people with disabilities, addressing real issues in the field of accessibility.

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Stream Two: Chapter Development

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If you are already involved with your local Tetra Chapter, join this stream to learn more about how you can fundraise and promote on behalf of Tetra. In these four sessions, Tetra staff and Regional Coordinators will provide tips and tricks you can use to support your chapter!

  • Fundraising Manager Shawna Dash will reveal some quick and effective fundraising strategies you can use to keep your chapter growing.
  • Social media guru Taylor Wagner leads you through some simple steps for reaching out to your community through social media.
  • Tetra's dedicated program Assistant Doug Docherty introduces TetraNet and TetraBase, showing you how they can support your work with Tetra.
  • Long-time Tetra fundraiser Sylvia Baliko discusses how you can get the most out of participating in local trade shows and community events.

Schedule

Time (PDT) Time (MDT) Time (EDT) Time (ADT) Stream Two: Chapter Development
10:00 11:00 1:00 2:00 Fundraising in your Community
Tetra's Fundraising Manager Shawna Dash talks about some quick and simple fundraising strategies you can use to keep your chapter growing!
11:00 12:00 2:00 3:00 Effective Social Media
Tetra's social media expert Taylor Wagner discusses the basics of utilizing social media to connect with your community.
12:00 1:00 3:00 4:00 TetraNet and TetraBase
Tetra Program Assistant Doug Docherty intrroduces TetraNet and TetraBase, showing you how they can support your Tetra Chapters.
1:00 2:00 4:00 5:00 Optimize your Tradeshows and Community Events
Long-time Tetra fundraiser Sylvia Baliko discusses how you can get the most out of participating in local trade shows and community events.

Speaker Bios

Jordan Cripps

The Facilitator and Host for the Chapter Development Stream, Jordan is a Development and Communications Officer for Tetra. Jordan is involved in creating all forms of written content for Tetra, from grant applications to social media posts, and is grateful to have so many opportunities to explore his passion for the written word.

Portrait of Jordan Cripps

Shawna Dash

Shawna is a Development Manager with Tetra Society and has extensive experience in the non-profit, hospitality, and recreation industry. Shawna is a UVic graduate with focus on community development and social change marketing, and a commitment to continuous learning and generating serious results in all that she does.

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Taylor Wagner

Taylor is a Communications Officer with Tetra Society. An avid reader and trivia Jedi, Taylor is always on the search for new knowledge to understand how people think. An SFU grad, she is passionate about marketing and communication and is accustomed to wearing many hats in her role, including social media marketing, graphic design, brand management, copywriting and more.

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Doug Docherty

Doug Docherty is a program assistant with Tetra Society of North America where he responds to Requests for Assistance (RFAs), moderates TetraNet, and is helping to implement a new Customer Records Management system. Doug believes that help is empowering to endeavours to take on all opportunities to offer his support.

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Sylvia Baliko

Sylvia has been involved with Tetra since the early 2000s, taking over the role of Hamilton Chapter Coordinator from her brother Ron. She currently serves as the regional coordinator for Central Canada, overseeing nine chapters in Ontario while continuing her outstanding fundraising efforts. For Sylvia, Tetra is truly a family affair, and a life's passion.

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Stream Three: What Tetra Can Do for You

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If you're just learning about Tetra for the first time, this is the channel for you. We'll introduce you to what Tetra's all about, provide opportunities to connect with volunteers to discuss your assistive device needs, and reveal some tips for starting a chapter in your community.

Schedule

Time (PDT) Time (MDT) Time (EDT) Time (ADT) Stream Three: What Tetra Can Do for You
9:00 10:00 12:00 1:00 Understanding Tetra: Who We Are and How We Help
Eric Molendyk brings his 19 years with Tetra to his discussion on just what Tetra is, and how they might be able to help YOU!
10:00 11:00 1:00 2:00 Breakout Rooms - Discuss with Tetra Volunteers
In this breakout session, Tetra's skilled volunteers will be available to discuss how Tetra might be able to help you.
11:00 12:00 2:00 3:00 How to start a chapter in my city?
Is there no Tetra chapter in your area? Well then start one! Nichole Yamchuk, Tetra's Prairie Regional Coordinator talks about what you can do to start a chapter in your community
12:00 1:00 3:00 4:00 Tetra Solutions - Made for Everyone
Tetra devices play an important role in making our communities more inclusive. Join Regional Coordinator for the Atlantic Provinces Andrew Jantzen as he discusses how Tetra devices are for everyone.
1:00 2:00 4:00 5:00 netClé - the affordable solution to access the computer and beyond
Longtime Tetra staff member David Ostro, who led the launch of netClé, demonstrates how it can support involvement in the virtual world, something that is becoming increasingly important during these times.

Speaker Bios

Eric Molendyk

Eric has been involved with Tetra since 2001, starting as the assistant to the provincial coordinator, then serving as the coordinator for BC until he became Tetra's national coordinator at the start of 2018. Eric is truly honored to work with all the coordinators and regional coordinators throughout Tetra and never ceases to be in awe at the brilliance of our volunteers. Their dedication and ingenuity helps not just people with disabilities but society as a whole to re-imagine what is possible.

Portrait of Eric Molendyk

Nichole Yamchuk

Nichole Yamchuk is Tetra's Prairie Regional Coordinator. During the process of a family relocation from Saskatoon to Edmonton, Nichole read about and fell in love with Tetra and what the organization stands for and was inspired to get involved. She brings to Tetra more than 10 years of experience in both fundraising and programs, including working with children with disabilities and youth mentorship. Nichole was the recipient of the “Volunteer of the Year” award for Kids Help Phone in 2014 and is excited to begin to build Tetra communities, inspire change and make a positive impact in the prairie provinces.

Portrait of Nichole Yamchuk

Andrew Jantzen

With a background as a researcher and technologist, including a BSc. in Physics and a diploma in Electronic Engineering Technology, Andrew is committed to creative problem solving to build a better world. As an electronics technology research assistant at Nova Scotia Community College, Andrew co-developed an award-winning low-cost biofeedback device that measures electrical activity in muscles. He brings to Tetra not only his technical expertise but also his successes in community engagement and policy development for accessibility in Nova Scotia – Andrew is currently part of the Built Environment Standard Development Committee in Nova Scotia.

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David Ostro

For 19 years, David Ostro has been involved in just about every part of the Disability Foundation. David was the coordinator for the ConnecTra Society for over a dozen years and also served as the Disability Foundation's Funds Development Manager, working to raise money for all of the Disability Foundation's affiliated societies. David now focuses on Operations & Special Projects within the Disability Foundation. One of one of David's latest projects has been getting netClé in the hands of those who need it. so somebody with dexterity challenges can more easily access their computer.

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