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Recreating our ways to empower people with disabilities

Posted by Dan Ritchie on February 28, 2022

For many of us, the conversation around maintaining our health and well-being during periods of social isolation has become increasingly relevant. We all now see the inherent value in going out for a walk with a friend or spending time around the dinner table with our loved ones.

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Looking forward with hope: Community-building in 2022

Posted by Vibrant Communities on December 15, 2021

It has been 18 months since we first started “social distancing” and shutting down some of the most vital components of what is at the heart of community, such as parks, trails, cafes, community centres, events and social gatherings.

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Four Stories that Build Community Resilience Using Social Capital

Posted by Heather Keam on November 26, 2021

As COVID-19 cases start to go down, mass vaccinations are happening and communities are starting to think about the future and open, up we find ourselves at a crossroad. COVID has affected our jobs and families, shut down communities and created social disconnection. As we move to developing community recovery plans, we need to consider what we have learned from the last year and think about how to we build back better.

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Stonegate Community Centre’s Approach to Build Social Capital

Posted by Dan Ritchie on November 8, 2021

There is a saying, “it’s not what you know, but who you know”. This is what is known as social capital, or the value of our social networks and connections in a community. Without social capital, people often experience a state of loneliness and a lack of belonging. As we reflect on a year of reduced social interactions due to COVID-19 restrictions, there is an opportunity to explore new ways to foster connection.

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Building the Case for Innovative Municipalities to Reconnect with Community

Posted by Dan Ritchie on October 28, 2021

In this blog post, Dan Ritchie discusses the value of breaking out of silo thinking when it comes to municipalities partnering with communities.

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Leading the Way to Creating Sustainable, Connected Communities

Posted by Lisa Luken on October 27, 2021

This blog post shares Insights from Zita Cobb’s keynote address at the 2021 RECONNECT! Making Community Essential Conference. Direct quotes are taken from Zita’s presentation on October 7, 2021.

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