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On Saturday, May 25, 2013, the Neighbourhood Champions and Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Parks & Leisure Services are organizing a free, neighbourhood-building workshop for all residents of Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, and Katzie First Nations.
“Last year, many people in our community were inspired by the workshop given by Jim Diers at the South Bonson Community Centre,” says Leanne Koehn, one of the organizers, “His message of neighbours stepping up and creating the change they wished to see in their area was a powerful and timely one. We want to build on this inspiration and use it to develop and grow local neighbourhoods.”
Koehn is a member of the Neighbourhood Champions, a group of representatives from both old and new neighbourhoods who want to connect with one another to share best practices ands resources, and learn from each others’ experience. They just started a website at www.mrpmchamps.ca and have a new, open group on Facebook.
The group got together and brainstormed ideas for a follow-up event to Jim Diers and came up with a concept for a series of workshops designed to grow neighbourhoods and increase the connections between neighbours. They were also able to book Joe Roberts, also known as the “Skid Row CEO,” as keynote speaker at the event.
“Joe is an inspirational example of overcoming adversity and managing change,” his website notes, “In 1989 he was living under a bridge as a homeless skid row addict. Today he is an author, CEO and internationally sought after professional speaker who motivates and inspires audiences worldwide.”
“It Starts With You,” is the overall theme and workshop topics include:
- How to start a neighbourhood
- How to connect and communicate with others
- How to create successful events
- How to create and maintain a safe neighbourhood
The Neighbourhood Forum will be held Saturday, May 25, 2013, from 9am – 3pm at the Pitt Meadows Seniors Centre, located at 19065 – 119B Avenue, Pitt Meadows. Lunch is included with the workshop.
To register, please contact Dave Speers, Neighbourhood Development Coordinator, at email@example.com or phone 604-467-7433.
For More Information:
Neighbourhood Development Coordinator & Neighbourhood Champions Liaison,
Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Parks & Leisure Services