Community Animator's blog

Michael Jones Interview at Community: Programs and Policies

Michael Jones is a leadership educator, dialogue facilitator, writer, and pianist/composer who participated in Tamarack's Communities: Programs and Policies event in Kitchener, Ontario on 23-26 June, 2014.

Vickie Cammack Interview at Community: Programs and Policies

Vickie Cammack addressing isolation through intentional networks and the use of technology to connect people with caregivers.

Inspiring Neighbourhoods

A list of 5 community movements that are inspiring our Deepening Community Animator. What is inspiring you?

Welcome to Deepening Community

Imagine: city planners designing neighbourhoods to increase social capital; elderly people staying in their neighbourhoods for another 5 years; mental health rates declining because neighbours are caring for each other and creating a greater sense of connection and belonging together.

A Community for All: The Art of Belonging

What becomes apparent is that this concept of belonging is integral to our community. We seek it, study it, look to increase it, and finally, we are eager to celebrate it.

Big Moment for Neighbours in Kitchener, Ontario!

Michelle Drake and her team share the great news that City Council has unanimously endorsed an inspiring new neighbourhood strategy that allows residents to take the lead.

Summarizing the Importance of our Recent "IMPACT-Ability" Conversation

Plan Institute reflects on the learnings of our recent conversation with Donna Thomson.

Mobilize Your Economic Power

Money is power as the saying goes. Learn about Social enterprise as it is being used to address poverty, social isolation, addiction, employment and a host of other social and environmental challenges.


What’s innovative about this project is how people with disabilities work along side other community members to build vibrant, creative, connected communities.

The Tale of a Town

The Tale of a Town is capturing the collective community memory of our country’s main streets, one story at a time, while preserving local heritage and promoting neighbourhood culture.