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FREE Leadership Training by ACE Communities – a Learning Provider

Posted by: in North West

Like many of you, volunteering is my passion along with life-long learning. I am driven to make my community a better place to live, play, grow and retire – a community I can be proud of.

I had the pleasure of hosting ACE Communities this past Monday (check out the website and Twitter for the pictures and discussions regarding this event – Thank you Janet for posting…) in Grande Cache at our “Ignite” Celebration. We had the honor of listening to Ian Hill a motivational speaker inspiring change in individuals, neighborhoods and communities. Town council, students and various community members heard his impassioned challenge to rise to the responsibility we all have to build a better community.

It was AWESOME! Ian is a dynamic speaker. His comments were not anything that we do not already know but his words had the motivation to “ignite” an entire community for change. I am revitalized to create a town that I want to live in and I know I am not alone.

Community leadership is about active, creative and engaged communities working together on a “shared vision”. Who better to lead a community towards positive change than VOLUNTEERS!

ACE communities is about building community capacity and community development. Here is just a partial list of learning opportunities for the month of November you as a learner can access by just a click of a mouse:

November 15, 2011 at 10:00AM

Working Effectively and Enthusiastically as a Team

November 16, 2011 at 10:00AM

Service Excellence in Municipal Recreation: What is it and how do we ensure we’re delivering it?

November 18, 2011 at 10:00AM

Creative Ideas for Motivating Seniors Part 1: Tips and Tools

November 21, 2011 at 10:00AM

Creative Strategies for Engaging with Youth

November 24, 2011 at 10:00AM

Energize Your Everyday (AKA Keeping Your Sanity through the Christmas Celebrations!)

November 25, 2011 at 10:00AM

Creative Ideas for Motivating Seniors Part 2: Music and Props

November 28, 2011 at 10:00AM

Inspiring Ideas for Preschool Teachers in School and Extracurricular Activities

November 29, 2011 at 10:00AM

Facilitation Techniques for Community Building: Let’s Meet and Talk in your Community!

If you know of a great learning provider you want to share or want to highlight a learning opportunity, go to If you have any inquiries, staff at KnowledgeConnector will be glad to assist you 1.780.497.4780.

Yvonne Rempel | 780.827-1464 |

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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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