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The Holiday Season Brings out the Best in Our Communities

Posted on November 24, 2022
By Heather Keam

We are all on this learning journey together to help our communities to be the best they can be. It's the support, knowledge and capacities that you all have that will create the change that we want to see and the change that needs to happen in 2023.  As we begin to think about that next year has to offer, we need to reflect on how we grew and what we learned together. Here is an overview of how we supported you in 2022 to make community essential:


Community is the answer


By defining the deepening community field, we have rooted our movement in a theoretical understanding of the issues and a practical understanding of what is happening on the ground in communities. Our growing membership implements this framework to develop positive change in communities, and our robust supports accelerate efforts and impacts locally. Finally, our growing learning community of nearly 10,000 learners is building the foundation to spread this movement throughout the rest of Canada.

It is building the momentum to deepen community while ensuring efforts to tackle social isolation and loneliness are a priority across all levels of government.  We have taken our learnings and have developed 10 - A Guide for Deepening Community that supports community champions, concerned citizens, municipal staff and decision makers such as the mayor and elected officials to build the case to deepen community and make your community essential. There are five sections that will get you thinking about Deepening Community and developing your own local Neighbourhood Strategy.

Here are some ways that you can deepen your learning and get inspired about building community:

Watch a webinar recording

Read a resource

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Check out a blog post

Review a newsletter

Learn more about the online course we launched this year

A glimpse from our 2022 annual event 

Save the date for our upcoming 2023 event

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Whether you are celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, Yule, Kwanzaa, Ōmisoka, the Deepening Community team would like to wish you and your communities a safe holiday season and much health, happiness and success in the coming year.


Happy holidays,

Heather Keam, Connor Judge and Astrid Arumae

The Deepening Community Team


Community Development, Cities Deepening Community, Year end Reflection, Building Connection

Heather Keam

By Heather Keam

Heather is happy to be part of the Vibrant Communities team as the Manager of Cities, Cities Deepening Community. Before this position she was the Manager of Learning Services where she organized Community of Practices, learning opportunities, tools and resources for community change. Heather brings over 12 years of public health knowledge to this position.

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