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CBB

building belonging

Strengthening neighbourhoods and ending social isolation and polarization in Canada. We are a network of 8000+ learners and growing, helping communities to build belonging and thrive.

Belonging Strategy

A Call for a pan-Canadian Plan for Belonging

Join Tamarack in advocating for a national plan that integrates community belonging into discussions about national economics and the quality of life for everyone. By signing our national pledge, you stand united in our commitment to fostering a stronger sense of belonging nationwide. 

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Neighbourhood Strategy course

Online Course

foundations for building a neighbourhood strategy

This foundational course will walk you through 6 modules that will help you to define your reason, build the case for a plan and think about the development of the strategy. The course brings Collective Impact and Asset-Based Community Development together to focus on building a plan with residents at the centre.

Register for the online course

For individuals to thrive, to feel at home in their communities, to feel welcomed and accepted in the places they frequent, and to be mentally strong and happy, we need belonging. We need to support people to build the civic infrastructures, associations, and strategies that are at the heart of collective well-being in communities.

 

getting started

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Community Belonging: A Way to End Poverty in Canada

Gathering

A Guide for Deepening Community

People in a neighbourhood

Building Your Case for a Neighbourhood Strategy

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Community Engagement for Developing a Neighborhood Strategy

People in a group

Five Steps for Building Strong and Sustainable Groups 

Membership Directory

Member Resource Library

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cbb membership experience

We provide members with cohort-based learning, resources, communities of practice, webinars, and in-person/virtual events. We produce publications that share our learnings and support our members with specialized coaching. 

opportunities for members

Circle of Actions: a seven-month learning journey to develop plans and interventions for belonging and strengthen community leadership for transformation. Learn more.

National Belonging Strategy: a pan-Canadian movement to celebrate communities' gifts and aspirations and co-create a strategy that mobilizes all sectors for action. Learn more

Communities of Practice

Our Communities of Practices (CoPs) are small, interactive groups of practitioners who connect virtually monthly or bi-monthly to share experiences, tools, ideas and challenges in order to learn ways they can grow and expand their work. 

Contact Jorge to learn more: jorge@tamarackcommunity.ca

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We are committed to: 

Increasing a sense of belonging to place and people

Fostering equity and inclusion in the places people live

Increasing a sense of connectedness (enabling care, raising our children together)

Increasing a sense of resilience by stewarding local ecology and investing in disaster preparedness

Increasing a sense of safety

Increasing a sense of well-being and enabling health

Enabling local community economic development and local food production


ARTICLE | Building Authentic Connections for a More Equitable Future
ARTICLE | The Four Actions to Create an Asset-Based World
ARTICLE | Community as the Superhero
ARTICLE | Community as the Superhero
Research Shows Link Between Poverty and Criminalization
ARTICLE | Research Shows Link Between Poverty and Criminalization
Collaborative Leadership and Governance Article Series
ARTICLE | Collaboration: A Spectrum of Approaches
ARTICLE | Collaboration: A Spectrum of Approaches
Our Rebrand and Website Launch
Belonging Starts by Making Room at the Table
Belonging Starts by Making Room at the Table
Navigating equity audits: A guide for organizations searching for meaningful and sustainable change
Navigating equity audits: A guide for organizations searching for meaningful and sustainable change
Announcing the 13 champions building belonging through the Circle of Actions
Announcing the 13 champions building belonging through the Circle of Actions
ARTICLE | Belonging, Community and Climate Action
ARTICLE | Belonging, Community and Climate Action
Empowering youth through free transit
Empowering youth through free transit
 Interconnected Practices for Community and Systems Impact
ARTICLE | Interconnected Practices for Community and Systems Impact
ARTICLE | Harnessing the power of networking: The case of the National Table of Community Development Corporations
ARTICLE | Community Belonging: A Way to End Poverty in Canada
ARTICLE | Community Belonging: A Way to End Poverty in Canada
Shannons Story Blog (1)
from Stable to unstable: Shannon’s Story of deepening poverty
From Apathy to Action How Deep Canvassing Ignites Climate Engagement
from apathy to action: how deep canvassing ignites Climate Engagement
The Impact of the Words We Use
The Impact of the Words We Use
Tamarack Featured in “Turning Wheels” – A Guidebook for Community-Led Change
Tamarack Featured in “Turning Wheels” – A Guidebook for Community-Led Change
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Freedom Is a Must: Moving Beyond Black History Month

meet the team

JORGE GARZA
Jorge Garza

Associate Director 

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About
Jorge holds a Master's in Urban Planning and specializes in equitable futures, and is devoted to empowering communities at Tamarack.

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ASTRID ARUMAE
Astrid Arumae

Manager of Communities

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About
Astrid, Manager of Communities fosters belonging and climate transitions. With a background in project management and operations, she holds a strong foundation in community-building and entrepreneurship.

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PRACHIR PASRICHA
Prachir Pasricha

Manager of Communities 

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About 
Prachir fosters community resilience in climate transitions and merges social innovation with sustainability. He enjoys reading, puzzles, and walks.

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Njoki Mbũrũ

Manager of Communities 

get in touch

We’re happy to answer questions, discuss community issues and direct you to trusted resources. Get in touch with a specific team member or submit a general inquiry.

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