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Posted by: in North West

Our weekly blogs are to be used to identify and share learning and leadership opportunities throughout our regions, keeping rural Albertans connected through the World Wide Web. We are reminded that the focus of our weekly blogs, need to reflect  on KnowledgeConnector’s 6 A.S.K. Leadership Competencies (Big Picture Thinking, Self-Awareness & Development, Strategic Thinking, Planning & Organizing, Management & Governance, Relationship Building).

That being said, I am finding it hard to concentrate working on the computer with the first snow fall (2 inches last night) of the season putting me in the Christmas spirit, wanting to pull out the Christmas lights and outdoor decorations. We barley finish with one holiday – Halloween and Christmas is fast approaching.  But there is one holiday in between that we must not forget – November 11, Remembrance Day…

Remembrance Day is an opportunity to honor and remember those who sacrificed their lives in war and military operations. Remembrance Day is a tradition across Canada where people lay wreaths and observance of two minutes of silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

I want to use my blog this week to take this opportunity to highlight one special organization, the Royal Canadian Legion. This dedicated group of community volunteers organize Remembrance Day Celebrations events each year. In addition, leading up to November 11th the Royal Canadian Legion volunteers organize a variety of community celebrations which are held in schools, churches and community halls; including initiating the annual Red Poppy and Wreath Campaign to fundraise in order to support those military families in need each year.

The Royal Canadian Legion is an example of community leadership in action who are continuously working towards building community capacity through dedication, generosity and commitment to their communities, an example of volunteerism at its best and an organization that exemplifies all KnowledgeConnector 6 Competencies.

Remembrance Day is an important holiday not only to remember those who have died and fought for our country but remember those volunteers who are committed to keeping this tradition alive.

I thank you…

Yvonne Rempel | 780.827-1464 |

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Building Community Capacity: One Leader at a Time

Posted by: in Central East, Global News, Uncategorized

Here at KnowledgeConnector we like to say that we build community capacity in rural Alberta by connecting leaders in the nonprofit/voluntary sector with leadership development opportunities.

But what exactly is community capacity? To me, Community Capacity Building is all about helping residents in a community reach their potential so that collectively, they can work together to create a community that has stronger economics, a better quality of life, and a nurturing environment for families and individuals.

Now building community capacity most definitely sounds like a lofty goal for one project to take on. But when I stop and use my developing Big Picture Thinking leadership skill, I am in awe of the potential. You see, the KnowledgeConnector team really only plays a little part in this. We are here to simply facilitate change by helping leaders see their strengths and reach for their potential.

For example, as a Regional Capacity Coordinator, I build relationships with individuals and groups within my region. Today, I will be going to Bashaw, Alix and Big Valley. Three smaller towns in the Central East Alberta that have a variety of nonprofit/voluntary organizations that makes up the core of these communities. I have the opportunity to visit the representatives of these organizations and offer them to facilitate an ASK Assessment Workshop for their organization or community. Then, I can tell them, based on the results of the workshop, what leadership development priorities they should focus on. Then I can connect with learning opportunities to fill their learning gaps. Then, it is all up to YOU.

That’s right, we can motivate, inspire and educate, but at the end of the day it is all up to you. Each individual leader we speak with needs to take ownership over their learning. We just make it a whole lot easier.

So, what are you waiting for, take the ASK Leadership Assessment online or through a workshop in your area. Already did that? Then tailor your learning plan based on your results and use our super friendly one-stop-shop hub of learning opportunities close to you. As your Regional Capacity Coordinator I will do what I can to motivate, inspire and educate you to take your leadership skill set to the next level.

Give me a shout to help me help YOU build community capacity in your area, one leader at a time.

Victoria Poschadel | | 780.945.6134

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Volunteerism Drives Rural Alberta Communities

Posted by: in Central East

I had a fantastic trip across rural Alberta last week and was able to visit just a few very inspiring volunteer-driven communities.  One great example is Daysland. Located on Highway 13 and just East of Camrose, Daysland has one of the strongest volunteer bases I have ever seen.

For example, thier local theatre, which is called the Palace Theatre is 100% volunteer driven. Absolutely everything is operated by volunteers. From manning the concession, to securing the films, to janitorial duties and building maintenance the volunteers have got a hold on it.

The Daysland Sunbeam Drop In Centre is also volunteer operated along with the public library. Daysland services and businesses employ under 100 people and volunteers take care of the rest. These businesses that are managed by volunteers and staff are critical to the Town of Daysland being able to achieve its mandate to its community.

Daysland of course is not the only volunteer driven community in Alberta. During my travels this month I had the opportunity to visit 18 communities in Central East Alberta and found that all of them have volunteer based organziations that are crucial to the communities. For example, many communities rely on volunteer firefighters. To the left is a picture that I took of the Lougheed Fire Hall. It was one of the cutest fire halls I have ever seen (albeit it is more for show than purpose). But my point is still moot. Rural Alberta communities would not be what they are without volunteers.

What also impressed me during my travels was the committment of these volunteer driven communities to continue learning and growing. This was evident by their willingness to immediately get involved with KnowledgeConnector when residents learned of the value it would have for their many community leaders. I am very excited to host workshops and revisit these communities in the upcoming months. If I was unable to reach your personally please contact me!

Victoria Poschadel | P: 780.945.6134 | E.



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