Community Development

What does an ABUNDANT COMMUNITY look like? Come meet Howard Lawrence on October 10th to find out! Learn about how creating meaningful connections with your neighbours and sharing your gifts, skills and abilities with others can impact public safety and health, increase inclusion and create an abundant community!

EVERYONE WELCOME
Light refreshments will be provided

October 10, 2018
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Galloway Station Museum (223-55 st., Edson AB)

Call 780-723-4403 for more information or if you have any questions.

"Right in our neighbourhood we have the capacity to address our human needs in ways that systems, which see us only as interchangeable units, as problems to be solved, never can."

Rock Your Block!

Go from NEIGHBOUR to YAY-BOUR

Build community by hosting a Block Party!

You can throw a Block Party in any season for any reason. Visit our website or call Community Services at 780-723-4403 for information on how you can get started.

There are lots of PERKS available for the organizer, enjoyed by all: $200 in rebates, free cupcakes for the first 10 parties to register, a Block Party Trailer, Block Party Decal and access to planning kits!

visit the Block Party page or click HERE to be redirected.

Upcoming Block Party Information Sessions:

Galloway Station Museum
223-55 Street

September 12 at 7:00 PM

October 24 at 7:00 PM

Join us for a tea or coffee and learn about how you can get started. Presentations begin at 7:00 PM.

 

In Proud Partnership

What is Community development?

A process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems. Community well being (economic, social, environmental and cultural) often evolves from this type of collective action being taken at a grassroots level. Community development ranges from small initiatives within a small group to large initiatives that involve the broader community.

Effective community development should be:

Community development is a grassroots process by which communities:

Community development seeks to improve quality of life. Effective community development results in mutual benefit and shared responsibility among community members. Such development recognizes:

Community development helps to build community capacity in order to address issues and take advantage of opportunities, find common ground and balance competing interests. It doesn’t just happen – capacity building requires both a conscious and a conscientious effort to do something (or many things) to improve the community.

Community

Often when we think of community, we think in geographic terms. Our community is the city, town or village where we live. When community is defined through physical location, it has precise boundaries that are readily understood and accepted by others. Defining communities in terms of geography, however, is only one way of looking at them. Communities can also be defined by common cultural heritage, language, and beliefs or shared interests. These are sometimes called communities of interest. Even when community does refer to a geographic location, it doesn’t always include everyone within the area. For example, many Aboriginal communities are part of a larger non-Aboriginal geography. In larger urban centres, communities are often defined in terms of particular neighbourhoods.

Most of us belong to more than one community, whether we’re aware of it or not. For example, an individual can be part of a neighbourhood community, a religious community and a community of shared interests all at the same time. Relationships, whether with people or the land, define a community for each individual.

Development

The term “development” often carries an assumption of growth and expansion. During the industrial era, development was strongly connected to increased speed, volume and size. However, many people are currently questioning the concept of growth for numerous reasons – a realization that more isn’t always better, or an increasing respect for reducing outside dependencies and lowering levels of consumerism. So while the term “development” may not always mean growth, it always imply change.

The community development process takes charge of the conditions and factors that influence a community and changes the quality of life of its members. Community development is a tool for managing change but it is not:

Community development is about community building as such, where the process is as important as the results. One of the primary challenges of community development is to balance the need for long-term solutions with the day-to-day realities that require immediate decision-making and short-term action.


Adapted from The community Development Handbook: A Tool to Build Community Capacity, by Flo Frank and Anne Smith for Human Resources Development Canada. Copies of this handbook, as well as the related Community Development Facilitator’s Guide, in both French and English, are available from the HRDC Internet website at http://www.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/community.

 Information credit to PeerNetBC