Event Details

Neighbourhoods ♥ The Heart of Community Mobilizing for Impact

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - Thursday, June 8, 2017
Nathalie Fortin, Michael McAffee, John McKnight and Sylvia Cheuy
Montreal, Quebec

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Today, there is a growing movement that is embracing community change at the neighbourhood level. Municipalities and organizations whose mandates span complex community issues such as – enhancing community well-being; encouraging emergency preparedness; creating age-friendly communities; and strengthening community economies – are working together with citizens on neighbourhood-based strategies to positively impact these issues. 

Embracing a local approach offers people an opportunity to tackle daunting global challenges at a manageable scale. Local engagement also draws upon people’s unique connection to place and provides the benefit of seeing first-hand the impact of their actions. 

Neighbourhoods ♥ The Heart of Community: Mobilizing for Impact is a unique and bilingual national learning event that brings together the most innovative and inspiring examples of neighbourhood action at its best. This bilingual event invites us to accelerate our effectiveness by learning from one another and imagining how we can ensure our collective work has greater impact.

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Montréal is the second largest city in Canada. In 2017, it is celebrating its 375th anniversary (375th), which makes this the perfect time for the city’s champions of neighbourhood change to co-host this international, bilingual learning event with the Tamarack Institute.

Today, Montréal is best-described as a resilient, mobilized city that is full of innovative projects to improve the well-being of their neighbourhoods. Participants at the Deepening Community 2017 Learning Event will have the opportunity to visit Montréal’s dynamic neighbourhoods first-hand to discover the very specific social flavor of this beautiful city and see how 30 of its neighbourhoods – each facing poverty and social exclusion – are each forming neighbourhood roundtables that assemble the resources needed to transform these neighbourhoods.

Attendees will also learn more about Montréal’s unique neighbourhood-based Collective Impact Project (CIP/PIC) that began in 2015 with a shared investment of $21 million over five years by a group of philanthropic partners, led by Centraide of Greater Montréal.  The CIP/PIC is described as “an accelerator of change that aims to increase the impact of collective action and achieve measurable and significant outcomes to reduce poverty in Montréal neighbourhoods.” This project offers “flexible and adaptable ways to support collective action” in 17 of the city’s priority neighbourhoods. 

Learning Gathering