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Nancy Dubois

DU B FIT Consulting | dubfit@rogers.com
Based in Scotland, ON, serving organizations across Canada

Nancy Dubois has been a leader across Ontario for many years in engaging people in advocacy efforts towards policy development. This has taken many forms – written manuals and tip sheets, hosting webinars, leading training sessions, and providing one on one and group coaching for specific issues. The topics have ranged from tanning salon policy, municipal alcohol policy, safer bars, organizational food policy, falls prevention policies with the construction industry, workplace health, to tobacco control and active transportation. Involved in all of these projects has been the need to engage the public and practitioners in influencing decision-makers. Strategies Nancy often employs in engaging stakeholders include persuasion techniques, motivational theory, Diffusion of Innovation concepts and Network Analysis. In deciding among these strategies, a key component of her approach is a thorough audience analysis of the decision-makers in order to customize the techniques. No matter the strategy used, a strong Business Case is usually key to moving forward and coaching efforts typically include the development of such.

As a professional facilitator and planner in the Ontario non-profit arena for over 20 years, Nancy brings the experience, expertise and energy needed for successful engagement.

Previous Constructive Engagement clients include:

Policy-makers

  • Training in the value and process of community engagement for Chatham-Kent City Council
  • Development of Business Case to advocate for recreation services to City Council in the City of Brantford
  • Canada’s Coalition for Active Living and the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada in advocating to Federal ministers and MPs for a national physical activity strategy
  • Heart Health, Active Living and Food Coalitions in Waterloo, Ottawa, Elgin-St. Thomas, London-Middlesex, Windsor and North Bay to advocate to municipal councils for Charters (Food, Pedestrian, Walking, Children’s etc.)
  • Advocacy to school boards for tangible support of Student Nutrition Programs in over 20 Ontario communities
  • Tobacco Use Prevention Coalitions in Grey Bruce, Brant County, Haldimand County in advocating to local municipal councils

Practitioners

  • Ontario Safer Bars Coalition regarding bar density in key markets
  • Windsor Go For Health, over multiple years, developing policy changes in seven community sectors
  • Advocacy and policy training and planning workshops for groups in Niagara, Thunder Bay, Simcoe Muskoka, Waterloo, Cornwall, Haldimand-Norfolk, Oxford, London Middlesex and Toronto on topics such as Municipal Alcohol Policy, active transportation, falls prevention and workplace health
  • Network Analysis coaching in Renfrew County to identify leaders in each sector of the Food System to form a Food Council
  • Coaching on the development of an Advocacy/Policy Development Toolkit for the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance
  • Author of a Policy Development Workbook for the settings of workplaces, schools and communities for the Physical Activity Resource Centre at Ophea, Policy Development primers for Toronto Public Health’s IntoKidsHealth school program and Ontario’s Heart Health Resource Centre

Public

  • Breastfeeding friendly peer leaders in Waterloo Region
  • Barriers and facilitators to fruit and vegetable consumption in Haldimand and Norfolk to advocate for changes to the local Food System
  • Public input to the priorities for the local Food System in Lambton County to influence policy change in municipal councillors