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Community Collaboration

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Let me introduce to you one of Grande Prairie’s success stories about community collaboration and building on community capacity – the Community Village. This non-profit/voluntary organization is passionate about their “community”, here is their story.

Mission

By creating an empowering environment for Peace Country organizations, the Community Village encourages a culture of
collaborative relationships by housing cooperative social services.

Vision

The Community Village is home to an abundance of open-minded organizations who meet the social needs of the community through mentorship, collaboration and leadership.

The Community Village and its tenant agencies have demonstrated that they believe and work within the following guiding principles.

Accessibility

Our organizations provide a welcoming environment of accessible services and programs that promote empowerment and mutual support.

Collaboration

Our organizations make committed and vigorous efforts to listen and learn from each other, to strengthen and enhance the long-term sustainability of our services and programs for the community.

Partnership

Our organizations make efforts to work collectively for the common good while maintaining the diverse character of our individual agencies.

Lateral Leadership

Our organizations value mutuality and reciprocity in all our work.

Harm Reduction

This community of organizations recognizes the respective missions of the founding partners and strives to support all missions and members within a philosophy of harm reduction. Harm reduction is a respectful approach that values people for who they are and where they are at in their lives.  Although people may be involved in negative or unhealthy behaviours, the individual is never seen to hold less value than a person who may not be engaged in such behaviours.  Relationships are built from a place of non-judgment in order to slowly reduce the harm the person may be causing to himself or herself or the community.  It is from this place of self-worth and empowerment that people can truly make changes in their own lives, develop new skills and expand their learning.

The following agencies are being housed within The Community Village:

  • Alberta Health Services
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Center Point Facilitation
  • Grande Prairie Legal Guidance
  • Healthy Families Program
  • Lesser Slave Lake Indian Regional Council
  • Second Base Originals
  • GP Acting Guild – Ovations Dinner Theatre
  • FASS – Fetal Alcohol Support Society

If you happen to be in Grande Prairie, stop by for a coffee and check them out…

Yvonne Rempel | 780.827-1464 | yvonne.rempel@knowledgeconnector.ca

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2 Comments on “Community Collaboration”

  • Donna January 30th, 2012 8:27 AM

    Great Agency review! Shared spaces are a hot topic, and it should be as the cost of administering programs is heavily implicated by "office" costs. There is also a trend developing to share resources, such as receptionists, office equipment, etc.

  • Karen January 30th, 2012 6:38 PM

    This is interesting as it profiles one of the factors in a succesful shared space – a similarity in mission and focus of all the organizations. The value in shared spaces is not that they can 'share a photocopier' but that there is synergy, professional development collaboration (just the exchange of ideas in the hallway is beneficial) from like minded individuals… good profile Yvonne…

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