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We believe community building is a process that recognizes that power is not the exclusive domain of its formal leaders but is increasingly more about the wisdom of its citizens and a willingness to lever their strengths. 

Same Old, Same Old? Time for a New Approach?                                    

Organizations and communities are often doing things the same way they’ve been doing them for years. This is happening despite rapid change, complex issues, and futurists suggesting the "future is local". It is becoming increasingly clear that the communities positioned to thrive will be those investing in the community building that will ensure trusted relationships, networks, and opportunities for "meshwork". 

Today we all need to be doing more to ensure:  

  • Citizen Engagement
  • Collective Impact
  • Transformative Change
  • Whole System Planning
  • Cross Sectoral Collaboration
  • More Innovation

So How Do We Make that Happen?                                                           

Leaders at all levels, with or without the formal title, will need competencies based on new skills, frameworks, resources, and promising practices if they are to provde the community building that will maximize opportunities for engaging citizens, collective impact, and community transformation.  

As a social enterprise committed to supporting the development of strong, vibrant, and innovative communities, the Campus for Communities is addressing this unmet need by providing practical and meaningful training opportunities grounded in the development of competencies for community leadership. 

More information about why it is important to invest in the development of local leaders can be found in this 3 minute video.

Our next course starts on Monday, September 25, 2017.

What Have Previous Participants Said About Our Training?                      

"Best course I have ever taken! The assignments really solidified my learning." -- Campus Alumni

"Your courses made 'something' click for me. A lot has come together...the materials presented and the order you brought to the process of community development and community building is invaluable to me."  -- Joe Antone, London 

"Fantastic course for anyone looking to make a change in their community. Awesome perspective and learnings from other participants across Canada." -- Campus Alumni

More testimonials can be found here.

Need More Information About the Training Being Offered this Term?      

1. Foundational Community Building (starts Monday, January 30th). Facilitated by Brenda Herchmer, information about each of the modules can be found here.

2. Community Development for Practitioners training and certification begins Monday April 4th. Module descriptions can be found here. Facilitated by Brenda Herchmer, the focus is placed on applied learning and as such requires participation in live, interactive webinars, peer to peer online learning, and the completion of practical assignments that require the application of the learnings within the participant's own community.

If you are interested in the above certificates or individual webinars, REGISTER HERE or let us know and we can register and generate an invoice for you. If you need more information or have questions, please contact bherchmer@campusforcommunities.ca.

Do You Live in London, Ontario?                                                                

If you are interested in participating in the training but funding is an issue, there may be subsidies available if you happen to live in London, Ontario and are working or volunteering in a community building capacity. Contact Karen Oldham at City of London at koldham@london.ca for more information.

If you are a funder interested in providing subsidies as an investment in strengthening community leadership, please contact bherchmer@campusforcommunities.ca.

Quote of the Week                                                                                       

… the object is not to “do things” to or for other people, but rather to foster the capacity of people to do more for themselves. This involves respecting the knowledge and experience that already exist in the community, and using and expanding that knowledge and experience as the bases for development. -- B. Spronk

More Information?                                                                                      

Please feel free to contact Brenda Herchmer at bherchmer@campusforcommunities.ca or call 289.820.5373.