In the first half of 2016 (and can you believe we’re already entering the 2nd?!), CAPRA worked with local community stakeholders in various municipalities around Red Deer to have community conversations about poverty and poverty reduction. The idea was to look at the unique local issues and challenges, identify work already being done in the community, assess gaps, and explore ideas.
The conversations were all very interesting, and exciting results have already begun to take shape!
Congratulations to Delburne on forming a local poverty reduction coalition, CAPRA of Delburne! The group has really hit the ground running, working on food security issues such as community garden, community kitchens, advocating to Council for edible foliage, and transforming the food bank.
Though this community has had a CAPRA working group for the last number of years, the group was reinvigorated by the community conversation, and is ramping up on a number of initiatives, including ideas for economic development.
Spruce View has started a community kitchen and is seeing great participation. Springbrook has a very active community garden and is holding community events to bring people together. Penhold has refocused some of their community programs to be more purposeful about poverty reduction. Innisfail just had their community conversation in mid-June, and is exploring next steps.
Congratulations to all of these hardworking, dedicated community members seeking to enhance the vibrancy and capacity of their communities.
If you live in a community around Red Deer and want to get involved in poverty reduction in your community, contact Community Mobilizer Danielle Klooster at danielle[at]danikloo.com
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
~ African Proverb