Big Exchange - Community Vitality
How can a community build more engagement?
How can a community get more things done?
How can we make our communities more vibrant?
Vitality in rural communities brings more memorable experiences, strong relationships and improves quality of life. Every community has a uniqueness, yet some rural places seem to grow and thrive, while others seem more challenged in strengthening social relationships and ties to their communities. This Big Exchange will explore ways to make rural communities really wonderful places to spend our lives. Take this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences with our two conversation leaders.
Betty Bastien Sikapinaki. PhD RSW. Currently with Red Crow Community College on the Blood reserve, as the Director of Academic Programs. Her research and publications include Indigenous ways of knowing, revitalization of Indigenous languages, intergenerational trauma. She has received awards which are highlighted by the Alumni awards from the Universities Lethbridge and Calgary, and by Lethbridge and YWCA and District and Esquao Award for her distinguished commitment for the Advancement of Women. She has recently launched groundbreaking Programs, the Indigenous Bachelor and Master's Social Work Degree; and her work has carried her internationally, the most satisfying was the Revitalization of Language and Culture Project in Guizhou China.
Dr. Tanyss Munro has had unusual experience through her work as an educator from the local to the federal and intra-governmental levels both in Canada and abroad. She is deeply committed to creating a world worthy of our world’s children and youth. Within Canada, her work has included living in remote Indigenous communities in Canada’s far north as school principal and director of education with dysfunctional schools. Internationally, she directed Good Governance for the Commonwealth of Learning in Africa, Asia and the Pacific working with universities, governments and non-governmental organizations. What binds the overlooked Indigenous populations and the illiterate, destitute women in mega-city slums, is her conviction that these dismissed populations are as capable as anyone in the world of doing the impossible if they’re just given half a chance. For their work, she and her husband were recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals.
Agriculture is an integral part of society, however with the urban and rural divide getting larger on a regular basis, a greater call has been made within the agriculture industry to communicate better with all consumers. With so many options for communicating, how can we in agriculture explain the complexities of the industry with more than a soundbite but also take in information that the consumers want to share with us? This roundtable aims to explore the opportunities and how to overcome challenges of communicating in two increasingly complicated industries - communications and agriculture. Our session will be grounded with two experts who have years of professional communications experience in the agriculture industry.
Alexis Kienlen lives in Edmonton, where she is a reporter for "Alberta Farmer" newspaper. Alexis is also a freelance writer, poet, and fiction writer. In April 2020, she released her first novel, "Mad Cow." Jill Harvie ranches with her husband and their daughters Tinley & Lyla Harvie near Olds, Alberta under the name Harvie Ranching. The ranch runs 250 purebred polled Herefords, Charolais and Commercial cattle. Jill has worked in the Canadian Beef Industry in animal health policy development and public relations and recently her passion for Agriculture can be seen through her new podcast called Food Careers. Jill received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agribusiness at Olds College and a Diploma in Agriculture in Animal Science from the University of Guelph. Jill is currently the co-chair of the Agriculture Industry Advisory Council to the Alberta Minister of Agriculture.
All of our roundtables are recorded and shared with those who are looking to gain greater insight into the topic of the roundtable.
Civic engagement can improve our communities and strengthen community vitality. It is an ongoing process that is important to be nurtured over the long term. Join us for a Big Exchange discussion on how to take action on opportunities, engage a wide swath of the community and build your community for the future. Our next discussion will be led by Jackie Northey and Leslie Sim on September 30, 2020, 7-9 mst.
Leslie Sim has over 15 years of executive experience in leading organizations toward innovative transformation through cultural change and leveraging information and technology. She helps organizations define the visions, strategies and coaches them in creating the operational culture to be successful.
Jackie Northey is a community influencer and Bashaw Adult Learning Council leader. Despite her prediction that her life was over, Jackie Northey was transplanted to Rural Alberta with her siblings and parents at the age of 14 when her father purchased a farm in his small hometown community. Four years later at the age of 18, Jackie started her 44 year serial volunteer habit. Jackie volunteers, engages and advocates for rural and agricultural communities and organizations nationally, provincially and regionally. Her extensive experience includes adult education, strategic planning, capacity building, rural development, communications and non-profit governance. Jackie oversees programs and strategy, leading organizations forward by facilitating transformative thinking and discussion. Jackie and her husband still reside in Bashaw, with a strong conviction of the importance of family and community, never more evident than watching their own children raise their young families in the community as well.
This next Big Exchange will take place on September 30, 2020, 7-9 pm mst.
Organizations in Transition
Organizations of all types are finding themselves in transition in this new era of COVID 19. If you're looking for ideas from those who have experienced it or are experiencing it take part in our next Big Exchange. Trudy Harold and Michelle Wright have previously participated in our Big Exchanges and have imparted their experiences of businesses in transition. We wanted to continue the conversation with them and you on succession planning and all types of transitions in business.
Trudy Harold's Bio
Michelle Wright's Bio
If you have something to add or learn from these useful conversations register and join us on Zoom on August 26, 2020 at 7 pm mst.
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