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Discovering Positive Deviance

Toronto, Ontario
April 6, 2010

7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 302

Breakfast Introduction and Full-day Workshop (breakfast and lunch are included).

Positive Deviance (PD) is based on the premise that in any large system some people seem to do better even though they have access to the same set of resources or restrictions. PD focuses on spotlighting and spreading successful approaches that already exist in people's organizations. It is very compelling and affordable. It is something we believe you can learn and start doing right away.  You will find out how to address what can feel like intractable problems with a proven approach that creates long term solutions, addressing behaviour and cultural change and you will have some FUN.

Positive Deviance is actively being used in Canada to work on stopping the spread of hospital acquired infections.

To read more go to As a process it has been used in many settings around the globe on many challenging kinds of problems.

This event is for anyone who is curious.

Just want to know more? Come for breakfast.  Want to start doing PD? Come for Breakfast and stay for the day. At Breakfast we will be covering the background and theory of the Positive Deviance.

Cost: 75.00 for the breakfast and workshop. Priority will be given to people who wish to join us for the day. A limited number of tickets will be available one week before for breakfast only. Breakfast only will be 25.00.

Please register online at:

Contact Liz Rykert at or (416) 340-6382 to find out more or if you have questions.

The event is planned by a small group of people who have come together to find a way to bring positive deviance to the community. This group is open and others are welcome to join. Members of the group planning this event include: Center for Addiction and Mental Health (Susan Pigott, Anne Hertz, Mannye Gitterman, Cheryl Peever), Toronto Community Housing (Tonika Morgan), Ontario Non-profit Network (Constance Exley, Lynn Eakin), Toronto Neighbourhood Centres (Rob Howarth), SiG@MaRS (Cheryl May, Allyson Hewitt), Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Paige Reason, Michael Gardam), Toronto Public Health (Elizabeth Rea), Positive Deviance coaches (Liz Rykert – Meta Strategies, Erika Bailey – Erika Bailey and Associates, Linda Morgan – The Clic Effect), Health Nexus (Peggy Shultz), University Health Network (Leah Gitterman, Anson Kendall, Brenda Perkins-Meingast), Mulholland Consulting (Liz Mulholland), Hewlett Packard (John Gilks).

We believe this process has applications well beyond our healthcare institutions. We hope you agree. We hope to see you there.