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The CDC and COVID-19: What We Have Learned

Category: Community Engagement, Category: COVID-19, Category: Fraser
Posted by: Matt Steringa / May 11, 2020

By Mark Holmgren, Executive Director of Edmonton CDC When it became clear that COVID-19 required self-isolation and social distancing, the Edmonton CDC immediately turned its attention to how to adapt to the new normal. We closed our offices and instituted restrictions on staff and operations. We immediately got to work on moving the Social Enterprise…

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Moving Operations to an Online Environment

Category: COVID-19, Category: Working Online
Posted by: Mark Holmgren / April 17, 2020

Doing our work during the COVID-19 pandemic has compelled the CDC to learn and deploy online tools to meet with our colleagues and stakeholders. Please read and share the following information if it may be of use to you and your contacts. We researched a number of online video conferencing and engagement platforms and opted…

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Edmonton CDC and COVID 19

Category: COVID-19
Posted by: Mark Holmgren / March 18, 2020

In response to the pandemic and in order to do our part to overcome it, the CDC has instituted policy which will be reviewed no more than  every two weeks. I have attached our policy for those who wish to review it. Until further notice, staff will be working online, with rare appearances at the…

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Co-creating Change at the Neighbourhood Level

Category: Affordable Housing, Category: Community Development, Category: Homelessness
Posted by: Mark Holmgren / March 16, 2020

Recently, Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada published the results of a survey gauging Canadians’ attitudes toward the economy, their perceived degree of power and influence over their own lives, and the roles that cooperatives might play in improving conditions for Canadians. According to David Coletto, who wrote about the study on the Abacus Data site: “The…

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90+ McCauley residents pull off investment miracle

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / January 27, 2020

Community development is in its prime when a community identifies an aspiration, organizes a collaborative plan, and invests local talent, time, and money in the cause. Ideally, the community will own and control what it has created; community development practitioners know, however, that community ownership of a venture or initiative is a rarity. Not this…

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Market Research re: ArtsCommon 118’s Black Box

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / September 10, 2019

This summer, Edmonton CDC has been furthering its community engagement work for ArtsCommon 118 in the Alberta Avenue District – this time specifically with Edmonton’s performing community. A tip of the hat to Katherine Kerr for her work on this project. The need for a performance venue has been at the heart of the community’s…

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Neighbourhood Opportunity Development Co-ops

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / September 05, 2019

One thing we have noticed in our community engagement work in neighbourhoods is how incredibly committed and passionate residents and local business owners are about the neighbourhoods in which they live, work, and play. People want to see development in their area of town that aligns with their collective aspirations and needs, and it is…

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The Fraser Land – Imagination Abounds

Category: Community Development, Category: Fraser
Posted by: Mark Holmgren / July 17, 2019

Posting by Karen Gingras, Director of Neighbourhood Development Having been raised on a small farm in northeastern Alberta, I associate vacant land with fields that produce food for people and animals. Oddly enough, the land in Fraser has always been a field. Houses were built around it, yet the land remained vacant even after the…

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Edmonton CDC Launches Engagement Consultancy

Category: ArtsCommon 118, Category: Community Engagement, Category: Fraser, Category: McCauley
Posted by: Mark Holmgren / March 26, 2019

The Edmonton CDC does not charge neighbourhoods for community engagement work on its projects, but there are groups who have inquired about us offering community engagement on a fee basis. We are already in discussions with a few groups interested in this assistance and we have decided to create this consultancy to bring our style…

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Community Engagement Matters

Category: Community Development, Category: Community Engagement, Category: Fraser, Category: McCauley
Posted by: Mark Holmgren / March 12, 2019

posting by Karen Gingras There are various strategies for involving people in land development and at the Edmonton Community Development Company, we are taking instruction from people who reside in neighbourhoods to create effective community engagement. For example, while data provides us with valuable information, understanding a neighbourhood’s history and culture is often best sourced…

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