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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.
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 new Toronto multi-sector group, CLARION, asked people from all levels of government to brainstorm how to develop and support the ability of Canadian neighbourhoods and residents to look after each other in emergencies.
This festival gave us the opportunity not only to see how we have developed as a program, but also how far our youth have come. The YAMCAM 2016 Film Awards gave us the chance to see the incredible people these kids are becoming. Our training sessions are just a snapshot of their lives.
A moving keynote address that holds the importance of care at the centre. Al and Vickie discuss communal gardening and other acts of goodness in their hometown of Surrey, BC as examples of a positive movement.