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CASE STUDY | Building a Heart-Centered Movement in Cooksville

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CASE STUDY | Building a Heart-Centered Movement in Cooksville

ABCD, Ontario, Community Change, CDC Publications, Homepage Resources

This case study by Dan Ritchie, Hardy Steinke, Nicole Bonder and Christine Bennett explores the ABCD approach of Heart Comonos in Cooksville-Mississauga, Ontario.


Over the past few years, how we connect with our neighbours has increasingly changed. Heart Comonos is an initiative established in Cooksville-Mississauga, Ontario, focused on building connections through in person events and online gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taking an agile and adaptable approach, they have been exploring ways to sustain their efforts while promoting multiple dimensions of wellness. As an extension of a faith-based group, Joshua Creek Church, their introduction to Asset Based Community Development has led to expanding their scope and intentions.

Heart Comonos has been using unique and adaptable programming as a stepping stone for residents to build a collective vision for Cooksville. One question that Heart Comonos has been considering is how to best formalize their evolving collaborative, while connecting residents' gifts and assets.


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