Opportunities in Challenging Times: Community Roundtables Tracking Outcomes July 15, 2010. Our goal.
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Opportunities in Challenging Times:Community RoundtablesTracking Outcomes
July 15, 2010
Support not-for-profit leaders and other community stakeholders in their ongoing efforts to ensure Ontario has the healthiest and most vibrant communities in Canada through a series of Community Roundtables that:
1. We have a better understanding of who makes up the communities we work in …
“We weren’t really aware of all of the arts groups in the region, we’ve been receiving applications from the same groups over and over again but now we have the contacts to reach out to smaller grassroots groups … and now we also know who the major players are in the region and who we need to work with”
2. We can see the patterns and connections in communities more clearly …
“…we’ll have a much more focused approach to our work as a result of hearing from so many in the community… we now have a wider and broader vision of where the community wants to go and will be able to see more depth in the applications that come in and will see where the connections are”
3. We have a renewed sense of respect and admiration for the resiliency of the communities we work in …
“I was pleasantly surprised by the respect, cooperation and level of volunteerism in the room, lots of talk of working together and there is a willingness to come up with solutions whether there’s outside support or not”
4. We have new contacts and new information to guide us as we continue our work in local communities …
“this was a learning experience for me personally, to hear what the communities identified as needing to be done and to learn what community leaders are thinking – I’ve already got plans for outreach and follow-up with people I wouldn’t normally have contact with”
As a result of the Community Roundtables:
“we need to be doing this sort of thing on a regular basis, maybe do one once a year in every catchment to keep the conversation going in the region”
“the Roundtable was definitely worth doing but the follow-up is even more important – doing one but then not doing follow-up would be detrimental to the relationships with the community”