CB 102 The Increasing Importance and Relevance of Community Development

  • Teacher: Brenda Herchmer
  • Released: 2018-08-08
  • Price: $ 50.00


CB102 BadgeThis course is presented is an interactive webinar.  Resource materials include handouts of the powerpoint slides, a background reading, and practice questions. After the webinar has taken place, a link to the recorded webinar will be posted. Please review all of the resources before attempting the practice text.

Module Description

If you are like many practitioners working in a community development setting, chances are you were first attracted to the grassroots initiatives because you wanted to make a difference. While there’s no doubt our respective services deliver critical outcomes, we still need to be asking, “Can we do more to maximize our role as community builders to partner, collaborate, and innovate in response to increasingly complex issues and challenges?” Participants will leave this session with key learnings, direction, and resources for enhancing their capacity to change lives and communities.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • understanding of the history and background of community development within community settings
  • explain the importance of community development in relation to existing trends
  • articulate the qualities of a healthy community
  • relationships of community development to determinants of health
  • articulate the relationship between community development and the delivery of community based services

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: $ 50.00


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.