Community Partner Blog

Over the course of the Green Resilience Project, community partners and conversation participants are 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 collect and post those pieces here. If you’re a community partner or conversation participant who would like to share something on this page —whether it’s a poem, a photo, a blog post, or something we haven’t thought of yet—please email our engagement coordinator Jessie Golem at jessie[at]

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.

Get to know: Iron & Earth

Engagement coordinator Jessie Golem recently sat down with Iron & Earth’s national chapter director Ana Guerra Marin to chat about their community conversation and how it connects to their ongoing work.

Deep dive: Iron & Earth’s plan for a prosperous transition

In 2021, Iron & Earth commissioned a survey of over 300 fossil fuel workers asking how they view their role in a net-zero economy, and what they would need in order to thrive in it. The survey helped guide the creation of their Prosperous Transition plan, meant to be a “guide for the Federal Government of Canada to not only set a bold course towards net-zero by 2050 and meet or exceed interim 40 to 45% greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets by 2030, but to do so while creating opportunities for Canada’s existing workforce to participate and thrive in the net-zero carbon economy.”

Deep Dive: Centre for Local Prosperity’s community future proofing

CLP is currently engaged with several communities on a civic engagement process designed to collect feedback and ideas for “future proofing” against the economic and environmental changes associated with climate change. The goal of the Future Proofing project is to identify strategies to localize economies and promote climate readiness, especially for small communities facing risk of major climate change.

Get to know: Centre for Local Prosperity

Centre for Local Prosperity (CLP) promotes local economic solutions and climate readiness for rural and local communities in Atlantic Canada. CLP organizes conferences and community working sessions and conducts evidence-based studies that often lead to community implementation. Recently, our engagement coordinator Jessie Golem spoke with Executive Director Robert Cervelli about the work CLP is doing, and what they are looking forward to in their community conversation.

Get to know: The Conservation Council of New Brunswick

The Conservation Council of New Brunswick has been at the forefront of conservation and environmental issues in the province since 1969. We are excited that they have agreed to partner with the Green Resilience Project to host a conversation in Fredericton in January 2022. Our engagement coordinator Jessie Golem recently had the opportunity to speak with Adam Mahoney about CCNB’s work. Currently, much of it is focused on  the province’s transition to clean and green energy sources and how that transition will affect individuals, industries and the environment, as well as issues people are facing regarding accessing affordable and reliable electricity.

More community partner introductions

We’re excited to be introducing our third batch of Green Resilience Project partners. Joli Scheidler and Community Futures North Central Development will be hosting conversations in their communities in Ontario and Manitoba, respectively.

Introducing more community partners

This week, we’re excited to introduce another group of Green Resilience Project partners. The Columbia Institute, Dan Meades, Ecology North (in partnership with Alternatives North) and West Kootenay EcoSociety will be hosting community conversations on Vancouver Island and in Newfoundland and Labrador, Yellowknife and the West Kootenay region.