Community Building Fall 2018 (Full Course, includes certification)

  • Teacher: Brenda Herchmer
  • Released: 2018-08-08
  • Price: $ 350.00



 Why Community Building?

If the industrial era was about building things, the emerging information and organic eras are about connecting things, people, and ideas.

The kind of meshwork we need to ensure strong, healthy and vibrant communities will require a commitment and investment in efficient and effective learning opportunities that legitimize and further develop staff and volunteers from all sectors to act as community builders.

Although a fast paced and increasingly complex society has resulted in it becoming more and more difficult to predict changes and trends, futurists agree the local communities that thrive will be those that have strong and trusted relationships, networks, and webs able to support "meshwork”.

About the Foundational Community Building Certificate:

Foundational Community Building is an entry-level, stand-alone certificate that is also a core and foundational prerequisite for other certificates offered by the Campus for Communities.

It is applicable to those from a variety of sectors e.g. health, social services, economic development, education, justice, libraries, elected officials, recreation, agriculture, arts, cooperatives, environment etc. and those who believe we can and should be doing better.

The learning is designed to enhance your ability as a community leader to:

  • contribute to meaningful and responsive policies, programs, services, and events that help people grow and be healthy, build strong families and communities, provide opportunities for those that are disadvantaged, protect the environment, stimulate the economy, and add to the quality of life in our communities
  • accelerate community potential for building capacity, innovation, collective impact, and ultimately, comprehensive community transformation;
    better understand that success is dependent upon a process that encourages system-thinking, shared leadership, responsibility, and accountability
  • build a network of other community builders.

Upon completion of this certificate, participants will have:

  • new knowledge and skills for becoming a catalyst for positive community change;
  • be familiar with issues, trends, and models required for community development, community building, collective impact, and comprehensive community transformation, and
  • increase their personal growth and development as a community leader.

Target Audience:

Volunteers, staff of government and non-profit organizations, elected officials, and business leaders for whom community building may be a partial responsibility. It is also suitable for funders or senior leaders wanting to make community development a priority.


Plan Name Price
Unlimited: $ 350.00


Brenda Herchmer

Brenda Herchmer is a passionate community builder with an eclectic background in government, community, academic, and business settings. The owner and Principal Collaborator of Campus for Communities as well as a consulting firm called Grassroots Enterprises, her primary focus is simplifying complex change for aspiring community leaders through the provision of practical coaching, speaking, tools, and training (online and on the ground).

Brenda is an avid blogger, author of three books, and was acknowledged as a YWCA Woman of Distinction in Training and Education. In 2016 she was also awarded the Brock University Distinguished Graduate Award for the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, and in 2017 was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Recently she served as the director of ACE Communities – a $6 million initiative of Alberta Recreation and Parks Association - which was responsible for facilitating planning initiatives to improve quality of life and economic development in over 60 rural Alberta communities. Many of the learnings from this initiative helped shape the Campus for Communities.

Previously Brenda has worked for the City of Niagara Falls, in non-profit settings, and was a full time professor at Niagara College where she also founded and managed the Niagara Centre for Community Leadership. The Centre was acknowledged by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges as an “exemplary practice in community development” and was a finalist for the prestigious national Peter F. Drucker Innovation Award.

Although Brenda and her family lived for a period in Alberta they have returned to their roots in Niagara and live and work in Welland, Ontario where they also own a board game cafe called the Leisure Loft and an online kite and kiteboarding store called Horizon Kites.