ACSRC Monthly News
September 2017

Citizens Engaging Citizens session
Join Kristin Walsh, Manager of Parks, Recreation and Culture for the Town of Devon, for her session entitled "Citizens Engaging Citizens: the story of Devon's Voyageur Park."  This session will focus on the community development approach used, key lessons learned, community and professional perspectives and the take-away lessons of the community building approach to improving Devon's Voyageur Park.

Call of the Land interview with director Lars Hallstrom
ACSRC director Lars Hallstrom explores the focus of the Rural Alberta Innovation and Learning Commons in an interview with host Caitlynn Reesor.

Human Rights Research Project Survey
If you are a youth (11-24 years old) or service provider that caters to youth in the following Albertan communities: Camrose, Bashaw, Daysland, Forestburg, Hay Lakes, Ryley, Sedgewick, Tofield and Viking, the ACSRC would like to hear  your views, opinions and concerns about:
-Youth (11-24 years old) knowledge of human rights
-Educating youth about human rights
    -How to spread information about human rights to youth
    Participation is voluntary.  Complete our survey 
    between  August 15 to October 15, 2017.
Education and Training Opportunities
Sustainability 101: Economics and Sustainability 
September 27, 2017. Camrose, AB
March 1, 2018. Athabasca County, AB
Developed for municipal administrators, rural managers and elected officials, Economics & Sustainability is an examination of the managerial and economic foundations 
   of sustainability, how sustainability impacts organizational    stakeholders and how sustainability can be measured.

   Part of the Sustainability 101: Certificate in Rural           
   Sustainability series of one-day, open enrollment short   

Rural Planning and Development Course
Hosted in your community!
Every community needs a tailored development strategy. The success of the strategy hinges on the quality of self-analysis; learning from other places, from the past, from theory. There is not a copy-paste strategy or a universal recipe for good development, planning, or governance.

Books and Other Resources

Policy Brief: The Youth Portal

In April of 2017, the Beaver County Youth Engagement Project concluded. A key deliverable of the project was the Youth Portal. The portal is best construed as a centralized tool which may be used by public administrators, relevant stakeholders, and interested members of the public. Full brief below.

Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund

The Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund provides grants that support community projects that foster equality and reduce discrimination. The Alberta Human Rights Commission is accepting Expressions of Interest for the Human Rights Project grants non-profit organizations and public institutions (deadline October 2, 2017).  Details below.

ACSRC Employee Feature
Madison and April: Broadband Research Assistants

April Heinrich and Madison Pearson are working on a rural broadband project funded through a Knowledge Synthesis grant from the  Social Science and Humanities Research Council.  The project a ims to address the lack of comprehensive reviews of rural broadband adoption strategies by conducting a knowledge synthesis of the existing literature using a scoping review method.  The end goal is to produce an investment guidebook for rural community decision makers.  

The two research assistants are involved in literature review, coding, assisting with workshops and are preparing the final deliverables.  Excitingly, Madison will be presenting their findings at the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation conference "Different by Design" held in Nelson BC this September.  Her presentation is entitled "Global Perspectives on Programmatic Solutions to Bridging the Digital Divide".

Events and Conferences


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