ACSRC Monthly News

December 2018
ACSRC Reports
Food Security and Rural Senior Living Independently

This research project proposes to examine the issue of food security/insecurity for rural seniors living independently, a population and context that has largely been ignored. It will take place in Grey, Bruce, Perth and Huron Counties. This study is exploratory and will look to engage multiple perspectives by engaging primary care providers, public health professionals, home care workers, service providers, municipal planners and seniors through interviews and/or focus groups. Interview and focus group data will be analyzed through a constant comparison methodology and triangulation will be conducted by comparing the emergent themes among the various stakeholders. In addition, the services currently providing support as it relates to food security in the 4 counties will be identified, mapped and service gaps identified. Once the research is completed webinars will be conducted for each of the audiences identified in the letter of intent in addition to the various stakeholder groups with a focus on the 4 counties.

Funding Source: OMAFRA Research Grant
Role of ACSRC: Co-Applicant Organization
Dates: June 2018 - 2021

Emerging Technologies Economic Impact Assessment

Artificial intelligence, machine learning and other emerging technologies are expected to have a significant effect on the agriculture, health and manufacturing sectors that currently provide the economic base for Camrose, This project will gather data from up to one hundred Camrose business to ascertain: (a) the degree to which business are anticipating, planning and/or preparing for technology-driven disruptions; (b) new and existing business models that business owners and managers predict will become the basis of the future rural economy; and (c) workforce re-skilling needs that should be introduced into the current workforce. The project will support the goals of the Camrose strategic plan.

Funding Source: GoA CARES Grant with the City of Camrose
Role of ACSRC: Co-Applicant
Dates: Fall 2018

The Municipal Executive Certificate Program 
February 26 - March 1, 2019
Jasper, AB

Apply today by clicking the Information link below!

Think Indigenous International Education Conference

March 20 - 22, 2019

Think Indigenous is holding their "Creating Space for Indigenous Education: Thinking, Speaking & Living Indigenous" Conference at the River Cree Casino and Resort in Edmonton, AB in partnership with the Enoch Cree Nation and the University of Alberta.  
For more information, please click on the link below.


2019 Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference
October 1 - 4, 2019, St. John's, NL

Memorial University and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) and its North Atlantic partners are planning for the 2019 North Atlantic Forum and CRRF Conference in St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada in October 2019.

Save the date and plan your participation in the Sustainable Communities Forum.  Join rural practitioners, researchers, government, business and non-profit representatives for inspiring presentations, breakout sessions, and interactive discussions on the stresses and solutions of sustainable communities.

Please click the link below for more information and to register.
Education & Training Oppurtunities

Advance your career development goals & position your organization for sustainable growth

Augustana Extended Education (AEE) is the professional development provider of the University of Alberta - Augustana Campus. Since its launch in 2015, AEE has provided training to nearly 400 community leaders from over 60 rural Alberta communities.
This January through June 2019, AEE is offering a variety of professional training opportunities including a repeat delivery of the Certificate in Rural Municipal Leadership (fall courses are already sold out!), our popular Grant Writing Workshop, new Program Evaluation Workshops, Rural Planning & Development, and a new 'Emerging Issues' series of one-day seminars including Getting Ready for Renewable Energy in Rural Alberta.
Visit Augustana Extended Education online by clicking the link below for full course descriptions, dates, and more information.


Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) 2019 

Applications can be submitted January 3 - February 8, 2019
Alberta Labour is pleased to announce the launch of an online portal for STEP 2019 applications. 

Starting January 3, 2019, you can submit and follow up on all of the necessary forms and paperwork for STEP through Labour's new Workforce Grants Portal. Additionally, you can view the status of applications in real time.



The Municipal Executive Certificate Program

February 26 - March 1, 2019, Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, AB
Executive Education at the University of Alberta and  Doug Griffiths of 13 Ways  have partnered to create  The Municipal Executive Certificate Program. This program will provide the opportunity to dive into many of the issues identified in Doug's presentation at AUMA Convention 2018,  Everything is about to change.

Through an intimate environment (40 participant spaces available) you will be able to leverage the resident experts in the room, forge deep connections with other like-minded individuals and discuss the future of communities amidst an environment of constant change.


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