Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley894 Pembroke Street West
Pembroke, Ontario K8A 5P8
Phone: 613-735-0659
Fax: 613-735-1373

Joe Erpenbeck Free Session November 29

Community Living Welcomed Joe Erpenbeck To Pembroke
Free event focused on building caring community and partnerships

Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley welcomed Joe Erpenbeck, a Vancouver-based consultant, speaker and trainer to the region on November 29th. Erpenbeck is also a faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University.

Erpenbeck offered two sessions: one for the Community Living staff and one for the public. He spoke of culture-changing strategies to help generate a better and healthier community. To accomplish this, Erpenbeck encouraged participants to look at assets within their community and work together to create inclusive communities.

The public conference drew participants from businesses and agencies throughout Renfrew County including: Pembroke Regional Hospital, Calvin United Church, Pembroke Petawawa District Community Foundation, Kids Corp and more. During the public conference, attendees took part in various interactive activities to get to know one another on a personal level - learning about each others' favourite places, personal interests and network connections.

Later, groups were formed to discuss community priorities - and this led to several visionary projects being revealed from affordable housing to county-wide transportation and more. These "social planning" opportunities were shared with everyone in the room, and drew participation with each other.

Going forward, Community Living offered to be the agency to collect these larger community ideas and see that they moved ahead into the hands of people who could investigate their opportunities. In addition, Community Living would like to assist this initiative by hosting a quarterly social planning panel in 2018.

If you are intersted in being part of that social planning panel, contact Holly Tennian:

About Joe Erpenbeck

Over the last 15 years he has provided training and worked with social service agencies, neighbourhood groups, faith communities and civic groups in the United States and Canada, helping to build neighbourhoods where everyone is included. He provides training on implementation of ABCD and share stories of neighbourhoods in action.  Prior to this Joe worked with people and families affected by disability for 20 years and has held a variety of positions.

Event Details:

When: November 29, 2017
Where: Best Western Pembroke Inn
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm (lunch provided)

For more information: Carol Ripley
Phone: 613-735-0659 ext.101