Saturday, February 28, 2009

Learn How to Create Vibrant Neighbourhoods

I would LOVE to go to this event, but I have a conflicting event that is effectively doing what people will be talking about at this event.....

Mobilizing Community Assets to Create Vibrant Neighbourhoods and a Caring City
A workshop with Jim Diers

Monday, March 2, 2009
7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, Victoria City Hall
1 Centennial Square

Harnessing local capacity for people to become more involved in improving their neighbourhoods and dealing with local issues, be it street issues or planting of community gardens will be the focus of this workshop led by Jim Diers. Using examples of revitalization and community action from Seattle, Victoria and other communities, Jim Diers will demonstrate how communities can “take back their neighbourhoods” to create more caring cities and improve quality of life for all.

Jim Diers is the Director of University of Washington’s Seattle Community Partnerships Program and teaches courses in community development. He recently served on the Urban Policy Committee for Barack Obama’s campaign. He has a passion for getting people more involved in their community and in the decisions that affect their lives. He was the first director of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods. Recently he published From the Ground Up Community’s Role in Addressing Street Level Issues through the Canada West Foundation.

Jim Diers’ website is

7 p.m.
Welcome by Mayor Dean Fortin and introduction of Jim Diers

7:10 p.m. – 8:15 p.m
Presentation by Jim Diers, followed by Q & A

8:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tea/coffee break

8:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Small group discussions: Local residents sharing neighbourhood success stories.
(i.e. Cornerstone Project [Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group], Victoria West Visions Project, Fairfield matching projects)

9 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Wrap up discussion

9:15 p.m.
Thank you – JoAnne Youmans, President, Victoria West Community Association

free admission
Everyone Welcome
For further information call 250.361.0213
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