Taking Care

Submitted by Community Animator on October 15, 2015 - 7:19am
Seekers Journal

Dear Christie,

In his eloquent blog post Salt, Seed and Taking Care, Al Etmanski writes, "Taking care happens every day, everywhere, and by pretty well everyone. Taking care is the fabric of our lives." Throughout this October issue of Seeker's Journal we can see the thread of caring emerge as a central and foundational theme in our Learning Community. Whether it be caring for loved ones, neighbours or strangers, lending a hand or an ear can make a world of difference in deepening people's sense of belonging and community.

Deepening Community continues to grow and expand and we have lots of exciting news to share!  Our Peterborough Deepening Community Initiative is in full swing, we have uploaded lots of new resources in our Neighbourhood Change library, and we had a fantastic presentation by Bill Snyder at our most recent Neighbourliness CoP on Civic Stewardship. We are also excited to have our Thought Leader, Milton Friesen host a webinar on Mapping Your Social Network on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015.

We'd love to hear about what caring means to you. What makes you feel cared for? What are ways you care for others? Visit our website to read more stories, gather resources, and share your insights with us.

Happy reading!

Caring Makes the World Go Round 


By: Al Etmanski

There is a direct link between caring for each other and caring for our planet. Caring is that invisible but indispensable force that connects us to each other and to all forms of life. Caring reminds us that we belong, as Jean Vanier believes, “to the universe, to the earth, to the air, to the water, to everything that lives, to all humanity.” We can tackle our grand social and environmental challenges more effectively by tapping into the fact that most if not all of us are taking care of a friend, family member, neighbour and co-worker. Lovingly. Voluntarily. That ethic of care unites us.

Taking care is both a predisposition and an act. It is as natural as breathing. It is a wellspring for our ingenuity and creativity. It legitimates our actions, making the connection between air, water, land, life and ourselves. It serves as a guide for designing our approach to change.

Nurturing a culture of caring will breathe life into our efforts to make the world a better and more just place

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Synergy and Serendipity


By: Christie Nash

On April 15th, 2015 a group of about 50 people gathered at Sadlier House, a community hub of sorts, in Peterborough, Ontario to participate in a neighbourhood asset-mapping exercise.  Representing not-for-profit organizations, neighbourhood associations, the City of Peterborough, Trent University, and active residents across the City and County, this group came together to learn about the ABCD approach to community mapping and share some of the neighbourhood-led collaborative initiatives already underway in Peterborough.    

Building on the success already underway in the Stewart Street Neighbourhood, in partnership with Active Neighbourhoods Canada (ANC), and the growing interest and momentum in Peterborough around developing a neighbourhood strategy, this exercise was designed as a hands-on, participatory activity to bring residents together to think about their neighbourhoods from an appreciative, or asset-based, lens.

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A Community Comes Together Under the Big Tent


By: Zain Ismail

On September 17th, 2015 Leamington District Memorial Hospital hosted an event called "A Community Comes Together Under the Big Tent". This event was all about celebrating community & hospital partnerships and programs. The event featured a free BBQ, Ice Cream, Trolley Rides and tons of free SWAG!

A large tent was set up in the hospital parking lot which housed a stage were various community groups and leaders took the stage to bring greetings. In addition, over 45 community agencies were present to display and promote their services. Leamington District Secondary School also played a role in this event, their army of student volunteers helped with cooking and set up.

Fun Fact: LDMH served 800+ students in 15 minutes. 1,500 hot dogs were prepared on this day, not one single one was left. It was a huge success for Leamington and surrounding communities. Thanks to some of our local farmers we had 35 cases of produce donated as well.

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What Creates Resilience in the Face of Crisis?


By: Christie Nash

In his groundbreaking research, Daniel Aldrich, PhD at Northwestern University poses the questions: What creates resilience? Which factors determined whether a post-crisis community would bounce back?

In an article in the Boston Globe entitled Providing Insights into Overcoming Disaster, the story of how Aldrich and his family, at the time new to New Orleans, were forced to evacuate their home- leaving everything behind- in the midst of Hurricane Katrina, is told.

Deeply impacted by this event and how his community back in Boston pulled together to help his family rebuild their lives, Aldrich shifted his research to discover what are the factors that need to be in place to build a community back up after a natural disaster.

Read more about Building Resilience

Upcoming Events


A Tamarack Webinar: End Poverty in a Generation: The Edmonton Story

Thursday, October 15, 2015 | 11:55 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

With: Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson and Brock Carlton, CEO, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

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A Tamarack Webinar: Mapping Your Social Network 

Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 11:55 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

With: Milton Friesen, Senior Fellow and Program Director of Social Cities at Cardus

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Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes 

October 27-29, 2015 in Montréal, Quebec

Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes is a three-day workshop intended to provide those who are funding, planning and implementing community change initiatives with an opportunity to learn the latest and most practical evaluation ideas and practices.

Join us in Montréal to gain a deep understanding and appreciation of the dynamic nature of community change and how to measure it!


Community Engagment: The Next Generation

November 24-26, 2015 in Edmonton, Alberta

You will learn the latest engagement techniques and interact with the technology that will transform how you engage your clients, customers, funders and partners. Through dialogue with leaders in the field of engagement and social change, you will enhance your capacity to effectively hear the voices of those you serve and learn key strategies to mobilize them toward a collective impact.

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