Community Building Fundamentals (Phase 1)

Starts June 9 2020

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Phase 1: MULTIPLYING Capacity for Community Leadership 

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Community Building Fundamentals is a certificate course applicable to those working or volunteering in a formal or informal community leadership role who are seeking integrated approaches that foster self reliance and resilience as an alternative to dependency on direct service provision. Ultimately it is about supporting staff, citizens, and elected officials to strengthen their capacity for collaborating and partnering with other stakeholders in the broader community. It provides opportunities for those from a variety of sectors

e.g. health, social services, economic development, education, justice, libraries, elected officials, recreation, agricultural, arts, co-operatives, businesses, environment, faith communities etc. to connect with those who are committed to collective impact, community transformation, and working with others to strengthen leadership and innovation.


Upon completion of this certificate, participants will be better able to:

  • serve as a catalyst for positive community change and growth;
  • engage citizens and partner stakeholders by applying a community development approach, and;
  • demonstrate personal growth as a community leader.


  • 6 modules provided in live, interactive webinars and discussions (face to face workshops may also be an option) Note: If you are unable to make all dates, the webinars are recorded and available for you to view on your own time.
  • learnings are reinforced with a variety of activities (videos, readings, discussion forums. resources and tools, activities, assignments applied in real settings etc.)
  • cost is $50 per webinar ($300) plus testing and certification fee of $250. Total Course Fees $550.00


Phase 1 Community Building


Interactive webinars are 1.5 hours in length and generally take place over for 6 consecutive weeks. If the participant chooses to pursue the optional testing and certification, each module wiil also have either a background reading and quiz OR a practical assignment related to each participant's community building initiative. While this combination of quizzes and assignments would add an approximately additional two hours per module, it significantly improves the participant's capacity to apply the learnings in their day to date responsiblities.  


Three of the six interactive webinars have a background reading (the equivalent of a book chapter) that ideally would be read before the online class (1.5 hours). This ensures a readiness for online discussion and peer to peer learning. For the remaining 3 webinars there is a practical assignment that provides an opportunity for the learning to be applied to a group or committee that the participant is supporting as a community builder in their day-to-day work. Total time commitment per module is estimated at 3-4 hours. Live participation in all of the webinars is recommended however, participants will also have access to each webinar recording and can review it at their convenience.

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Webinar Date

Session Description

CB101 Introduction to Community Building

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST (Webinar)

While not always understood or valued, there is a growing awareness of the importance of community building and its key role in supporting the innovation, relevancy, and sustainability that is essential for both quality of life and economic development in our communities. This module will assist existing and emerging leaders in better understanding community building as well as its importance in addressing complexity and contributing to the innovation and collaboration necessary for delivering individual, social, economic, and environmental benefits in our communities.

CB102 The Increasing Importance of Community Building Tuesday, June 16, 2020 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST (Webinar)

We live in an era of unprecedented transformation. And, while there’s no doubt our respective services deliver critical outcomes, we still need to be asking, “Can we do more to maximize to partner, collaborate, and innovate in response to the complex issues and challenges in our communities?” Learn more about why community building is becoming increasingly relevant and important if we are to enhance our capacity to change lives and communities.

CB103 Tools for Enhancing Community Leadership Tuesday, June 23, 2020 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST (Webinar)

Communities get better when their leaders get better. While there is much to celebrate in our organizations and communities, there are also challenges that will require the collective effort of many to resolve. An effective community builder will be one who encourages and coaches everyone to lead. While it sounds simple, ultimately it requires an investment in the development of local leaders particularly those from within non-traditional and diverse settings. The practical tools and resources presented in this module will help individuals learn more about their own leadership assets while learning about tools that can be used to facilitate the leadership development of others.

CB104 Outcome-Focused Leadership

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST (Webinar)

What if there were a way you could (1) communicate powerful results to your stakeholders in annual reports, budgets, marketing materials, and proposals; (2) motivate staff and volunteers; (3) improve performance; and (4) encourage innovation and accountability? And, as demands increase for your programs and services, and resources may be at risk for decreasing, what if you could prove the impact of your initiatives, programs, and services? Making outcome leadership and measurement a priority is the solution and a key strategy for addressing all of the above issues. This module will demonstrate that while outcomes are sometimes challenging to articulate, ultimately they make everything easier.

CB105  Measuring Impact: Evaluation Fundamentals

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST (Webinar))

Today the most effective organizations are those that undertake a review of their priorities, programs, and services on a regular basis. This requires an assessment of the organization’s progress not only toward its own vision and outcomes but the impact it has on the broader community good. Because of this, community builders will always need to support the implementation of evaluation. This module  will provide an overview of key concepts, models, and tools that will be important for community builders to help stakeholders reflect on the successes and challenges that surface learnings, stories, and reasons for celebrating. It will also lead to new outcomes and strategies for moving forward.

CB106 Essentials for Empowering Citizens and Volunteers Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST (Webinar))

Community building always involves working with volunteers. This webinar will share key knowledge, resources, and tools that can be used for supporting volunteers in today’s complex environments. Participants will gain an appreciation of the community builder’s role in planning, organizing, and implementing effective volunteer systems as well as a number of tools that have been deemed valuable by community builders.

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