Opening Ceremonies (May 3rd) 

CHRA welcomes you to our 49th National Congress on Housing and Homelessness. Join us for remarks and a special presentation - more information coming!

Morning Plenary Keynote   (May 4th)

Dare to Fail: Developing Leadership Skills and Resiliency

Join Zac Crouse who will discuss embracing failure as an opportunity for learning and growth. Zac will point to how organizational change management, including an attitude of embracing risk and the possibility of failure, can provide real opportunity for growth and learning. Through live music, story telling and film, Zac will also make the connection between recreational therapy and experiential education techniques to help organizations develop leadership skills and increase resiliency through social, communication and problem solving exercises. You won’t want to miss this lively session!

Zac Crouse

In the spring of 2009, while white-water kayaking in Nova Scotia, Zac witnessed the death of his close friend. The incident left Zac with a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

For over a decade, Zac has been teaching others the benefits of recreational therapy. Using his passion for music and kayaking as part of his recovery, Zac toured Canada to promote his first solo record ‘You Plan to do Nothing’, paddling and peddling his message of active recovery from Ottawa to Halifax.

Through his journey, Zac has worked to help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and tours and speaks to organizations using a combination of live music, story-telling and film. As a recreation therapist, Zac has worked for over 10 years with youth who have substance use and mental health issues. He holds a Master’s degree in Education and is a popular educator at one of Canada’s top universities – St. Francis Xavier University – where his classes ‘sell out’ quickly. 


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