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Community Partner Blog

Over the course of the Green Resilience Project, community partners and conversation participants were encouraged to create and submit a range of written, visual or other creative pieces reflecting on their participation in the project and/or the topics it explores. We collected those pieces here.

Get to know: Community Futures North Central Development

Community Futures North Central Development is an economic development corporation that supports communities in northern Manitoba by offering resources for entrepreneurship and economic development. Manitoba’s 16 Community Futures corporations deliver a variety of services including loans and technical and advisory services for small and medium-sized businesses, services targeted to youth and entrepreneurs with disabilities, and community economic development and planning. Jessie Golem spoke with Michelle Pruder about their Green Resilience Project community conversation that took place in northern Manitoba in January.

Get to know: West Kootenay EcoSociety

West Kootenay EcoSociety is a non-profit community-driven organization that brings together local residents to protect the natural environment while building just, equitable, healthy, and livable communities. Earlier this year, Jessie Golem spoke with Josh Drodza to talk about the Green Resilience Project community conversations they have been conducting in the West Kootenay region.

Découvrez : Coalition Climat Montréal

Coalition Climat Montréal fait la promotion de la neutralité carbone pour Montréal d’ici 2042 (date du 400ème anniversaire de la Ville de Montréal), auprès des élus municipaux, des entreprises, des organisations et des citoyens. La Coalition base ses actions sur quatre piliers: budget carbone, inventaire des émissions de GES, test climat, participation citoyenne. Blandine Sebileau s’est entretenue avec son président Jean-François Boisvert pour parler de la participation de la Coalition au Projet de Résilience Verte, et du dialogue organisé le 2 février dernier avec la communauté du Grand Montréal.

Deep dive: Columbia Institute’s annual civic governance forum supports elected officials pushing for change

The Columbia Institute’s annual civic governance forum, High Ground, offers an opportunity for elected officials to gather and share ideas, tools and approaches to progressive leadership in public office. It encourages participants to learn from one another about the leadership, policies and practises that can respond to their constituents’ most pressing challenges.

Get to know: Ecology North

Ecology North is a charitable, non-profit organization based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada that was formed in 1971 to support sound environmental decision-making on an individual, community and regional level. Ecology North maintains collaborative partnerships with a number of other local community and educational organizations to promote public education, sustainable living and climate change adaptation and mitigation on environmental initiatives. Jessie Golem recently sat down with project officer Richelle Castillo to talk learn more about Ecology North and their participation in the Green Resilience Project.

Get to know: Columbia Institute

The Columbia Institute is an independent public policy think tank based in British Columbia. Their mission is to foster and support leadership for inclusive, equitable and sustainable communities across Canada. They believe that communities who value social justice, the environment and strong local economies are healthier and happier places to live. In December, engagement coordinator Jessie Golem sat down with Kevin Millsip and Isabella Johnson to discuss the Columbia Institute’s community conversation for local electeds in BC.

Northern Manitoba community conversation featured on Thompson Today

Last week, Community Futures North Central Development hosted their community conversation in northern Manitoba on the links between climate change, income security and community resilience. Prior to the conversation, conversation organizer Michelle Pruder and Green Resilience Project staff member Hannah Muhajarine were interviewed on Thompson Today to talk about their hopes for the conversation and how those interested in attending could get involved.

Get to know: Joli Scheidler

One of the vocal supporters and advocates for those on the Ontario Basic Income Pilot is Joli Scheidler. She is based in Lindsay, ON and is hosting several Green Resilience Project community conversations in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County and Brock Township. Joli is a PhD Candidate at York University in Health Policy and Equity, Sessional Instructor for Ontario Tech University and the Research Project Manager for SSHRC funded research focused on Basic Income involving four university partners. Joli’s research for Basic Income Canada Network was used in the report Signposts to Success that analyzed early results of the Ontario Basic Income pilot.

Get to know: Dan Meades

The Transition House Association of Newfoundland and Labrador is a voluntary, nonprofit community-based organization whose mandate is to strengthen and support the network of provincially funded shelters and services for women – with or without children – affected by relationship violence. Our Community Engagement Coordinator, Jessie Golem, recently had a conversation with Dan Meades about the work that THANL is doing, and their upcoming community conversation.