Monthly News
August 2019
The ACSRC is proud to announce the launch of the Rural Broadband Portal.  With support from the Battle River
Alliance for Economic Development, the ACSRC reviewed over 500 pieces of literature related to broadband development and socio-economic impacts. These resources have been compiled into a database called the Rural Broadband Portal.  The Rural Broadband Portal is a tool that systematically sorts broadband related literature and research for unique interventions and policy suggestions. Through the Rural Broadband Portal, the ACRSC aims to assist policy makers, stakeholders, and their communities to make research driven policy related to broadband development.  

November 20, 2019

Grant-writing is an increasingly important skill in the municipal, not-for-profit, and even corporate world. For small organizations and communities, however, grant writing can present a real challenge in terms of time, completion, budgeting and submission.
Join ACSRC Director Dr. Lars Hallström, the recipient of over 80 research, knowledge mobilization, infrastructure and collaborative grants, for this activity-based workshop for people with varied experiences in the grant-writing process.

October 21, 2019 in Edmonton
Covenant Health is proud to support and provide delegates the opportunity to gather, meet, share experiences and exchange ideas with colleagues representing many disciplines from all over Alberta and surrounding provinces. Sonya Jakubec will be presenting her work on parks and palliative care in a plenary talk during this event.

The University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing students reflect on their time during preceptorship in rural Albertan hospitals and healthcare centres.  
A beautiful new website from their Alberta research team has been launched.  Alberta Stories shares the stories of work-related mobility from three different groups of people: Indigenous people (Métis in northeastern Alberta), Interprovincial/Interregional labour migrants (long-distance commuters to the Oil Sands region), and International labour migrants (temporary work permit holders in central and northern Alberta).

The second edition of the award-winning Step-by-Step Guide to Estimating Homelessness in Rural Communities is a cost-conscious, cost-efficient, and reliable method for rural communities looking to obtain and/or improve local data on homelessness and service needs within the community.
The Guide is funded through the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy: Innovative Solutions to Homelessness. 

The Government of Alberta is providing Mental Health Commission of Canada training free of charge to strengthen the addiction and mental health system in Alberta.  Mental Health First Aid Seniors is an in-person, two-day (eight hours per day) course. Depending on instructor availability, the course can be held on two days over the course of four weeks, but is generally offered on two consecutive days. 
The course is currently open for registration in multiple locations across Alberta. 
Meet the Research Team

April Heinrich recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Alberta's Augustana Campus, she has worked for the ACSRC since June of 2017. Since that summer, April has worked on several  projects.  In her first summer with the ACSRC, she compiled research for the Rural Broadband project, followed by an internship with the Battle River Alliance for Economic Development (BRAED).  The following summer she continued her work researching broadband. From there she has assisted with a project examining the changes in the academic calendar at Augustana, and was involved in another project with BRAED which focused on regional business networks. In her last few months with the ACSRC she is assisting on a project with the ECHO Network.  Excitingly, she is co-writing an academic article about rural broadband that draws from her extensive research on this project.   She also got creative in the production and editing of the instructional video for the Rural Broadband Portal. This summer is April's last summer with the ACSRC as she is leaving for Hungary at the end of the month to attend the Kodaly Institute for a diploma in Music Education for the year.   We wish her all the best and will miss her! 
Calendar of Events
For upcoming events, conferences and workshops visit the events calendar on the ACSRC website.  This calendar holds events offered by the ACSRC and other organizations with a common goal of sustainable rural communities. 
Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities