Things That Last and Become Treasures

Things That Last and Become Treasures

My amazing Dad has run his own service station for 47 years as of last month! He’s on the right and our friend and part of our family, Jim is  on the left. Their story started when Jim was a high school student working in the building when Dad took over...

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Hidden Gifts

Hidden Gifts

What Are Your Hidden Gifts? Often when we think of our gifts and assets, we think of big things such as being a volunteer at community centre or coordinating a knitting club. However, there are often other things we overlook that are a part of who we are, but ...

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Increasing Our Resilience

Increasing Our Resilience

It is often said that we can achieve more as group/ team / neighbourhood than we can as individuals.  We all have  interests, gifts, and skills. When we share those in the community or in a group we can find a sense of belonging, relationships, and our commu...

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A Story About My Grandpa

A Story About My Grandpa

My Aunt Noel recently wrote a short book The Pearl Street Flood, about my Grandpa, Charlie Erpenbeck. It is a story of survival, courage, community and love. My Grandpa died before I was born and my Dad has told me stories over the years of his father and h...

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What Gifts Have You Noticed Recently?

What Gifts Have You Noticed Recently?

Last night as I was biking, I ran into a road block of geese who were enjoying a shower. I met a woman who discovered as she was watering her plants the geese and ducks would gather nearby even though there’s an ocean just yards away. The geese now drop ...

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Make A Difference In One Room

Make A Difference In One Room

Yanni’s Greek Grill is on the north side of Columbus. It has been there for over 20 years. The food is delicious and the place is very welcoming. The server ( and community builder) engages with everyone and  on this night facilitated a group conversati...

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Launching Into Community Building

Launching Into Community Building

A topic that has come up often is how do we do good community building work that is citizen driven and builds on the assets when we are working within a system. There are often rules, procedures, and limitations that get in our way. Many of these may be real, ...

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Community Development Leadership Summit

Community Development Leadership Summit

It was  inspiring to host a day of conversation on community building. We invited 5 community organizers and innovators to share their story with us. We looked at what drives us in our work, partnerships we can build, challenges we face, and next steps we can...

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Our Windows Don’t Match

Our Windows Don’t Match

For over 125 years, a church has stood at the corner of York and Court Streets in Newport, Kentucky. I was traveling through this neighbourhood and noticed the massive structure entirely made of stone. Driven by my insatiable curiosity, I opened the front door...

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Start With What You Have

Start With What You Have

As a City Councillor, Matthew Green’s commitment to Asset Base Community Development practices while in office has made a meaningful difference for residents. His constituency, has 4 of the 11 ‘Code Red’ priority neighbourhood hubs that are organized...

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