WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
ENCOMPASS PARTNERSHIPS | 3851 54 AVE NE
You are invited to our next Round Table on October 25 to continue the round table conversations on working better, smarter, and together in Calgary's vibrant Northeast communities.
At the last Round Table in March we reviewed and updated the assets, gaps, and emerging opportunities we see in the communities we work in. We then identified six key issues and did some work together in breakout groups to brainstorm possible solutions. It was an encouraging time of meeting other like-minded people and seeing how we could go further together in building resiliency in the people and communities of Northeast Calgary.
We are excited to re-gather this fall to continue the conversation and move towards tangible outcomes that leverage each others' resources, networks, and expertise to create sustainable change. At Encompass Partnerships, we believe that like-minded people working together can create greater impact and add value to each other's organization.
Sometimes the best ideas come from outside; so to facilitate our conversation, we'll take a look at a few clips from a documentary called Poverty, Inc. that "examines the rise of charity as a multi-billion dollar poverty industry." Looking at a global perspective on poverty reduction strategies might give us a new perspective on our work locally. Perhaps you'll find yourself wrestling with similar frustrations of broken social/economic/political systems. Perhaps you'll find encouragement in how you already approach your work. Perhaps you'll ask questions you've never asked before. And together, perhaps we'll find new ways of solving old problems.
At Encompass Partnerships, we've also been reflecting on our role as host and facilitator of these Community Round Tables. Based on your feedback, they have been a positive experience with potential to fill a coordination gap at the systems level. We'd like to propose an idea for coordination going forward and seek your input.
We hope many of you can make it out again, and please feel free to forward this registration link to other agencies or organizations in the Northeast (east of Deerfoot and north of 16th Ave) who would be a valuable voice in this ongoing conversation.
If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Encompass' Resource Development Director, Ben Hsu (email or 403.689.0826).
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY ROUND TABLE
In the social service sector, we are famously about ACTION. However, at times we need to ensure we are doing adequate DIAGNOSIS to tie our actions to actual or emerging needs. Further, do we need to address those needs alone? There is power in collaboration to build and strengthen a community.
- Diagnose some of the critical needs of our community; those that are being addressed and areas where gaps exist.
- Brainstorm potential solutions.
- Discover agencies, initiatives and resources already in place.
- Explore potential collaborations and partnerships.
- Dream about what could be in 5-10 years.
Encompass Partnerships is hosting this round table. Relatively new to the NE, we established ourselves here in July 2014. As a collaborative, we focus on bringing together individuals, agencies, and churches that help those living on the margins of society, including newcomers to Canada, the sexually exploited, and aboriginal youth. Our NE facility houses nine partners with available space accessible to other agencies who share our heart for the marginalized in our city.
This event is by invitation to agencies, faith communities, and associations that currently serve or provide services to the public. We hope that this event brings together NE communities and leads to potential collaboration and partnerships.