Note: The following news-release was issued by The Changing Point and Becoming a Community Builder. The Town of Stony Plain is sharing it here as information.
"People closest to the problem are more likely to find appropriate and sustainable solutions to the problem; therefore, equip more citizens with the capacity to lead, and you'll build a thriving Community."- Ian Hill, award-winning community-builder
Stony Plain and area have been chosen to participate in the province-wide BECOMING A COMMUNITY BUILDER community capacity-building initiative. The initiative has been launched to grow community leadership capacity throughout rural Alberta.
Stony Plain and Parkland County Announcement
BECOMING A COMMUNITY BUILDER is a 15-week, competency-based, community and professional leadership development program. The program offers two distinct learning tracks: one for adult community members and the other for high school students. It is offered free to an unlimited number of participants throughout the community.
The program is brought to the community through the joint-efforts of:
‘We are absolutely thrilled to have been selected as a Lighthouse Community and are confident that this program will have a significant impact on our town and the surrounding area,” says Bonnie Feakes, executive director of the Stony Plain and District Chamber of Commerce.
“This program gives us the opportunity to both identify and to train new community leaders and builders, including new or existing residents or students who are wondering how they can get involved in their great communities. By creating great community-builders, we hope that they can accomplish great things.”
The initiative has been designed and is facilitated by Ian Hill, recognized humanitarian, social entrepreneur, business leader and award-winning community-change agent.
"We believe rural communities are relevant in the 21st century and that community success always boils down to leadership," Hill says. "Community leadership-capacity is the key. Community leadership capacity is leadership excellence of both formal and informal leaders within all sectors, silos and corners of a community.
“We are excited to award this initiative to Stony Plain and surrounding area. We selected these communities because we believe the organizing committee and community will be great examples of what can happen when a community makes an all-out commitment to develop informal leaders.”
On Mar. 17, Hill will spend time in the community to help launch the program. The event will feature a series of both formal and informal activities to learn more about the program and allow interested residents to register and meet with Mr. Hill and the program staff.
Open Houses and Presentations (Mar. 17, 2014)
- 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.: Stony Plain and District Chamber of Commerce (4815 - 44 Ave.)
- 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Stony Plain Library (#112, 4613 - 52 Ave.)
- 4:45 - 6 p.m.: Parkland County Office (53109A Hwy. 779)
The first leadership workshop will starts online on Mar. 28, 2014 (Noon to 1 p.m.).
For more information, visit becomingacommunitybuilder.com.