CB 101 Introduction to Community Building and Community Development

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


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CB 101 is one of five modules that make up the Foundational Community Builder Certificate.

This course is presented as an interactive webinar on the scheduled date and is augmented with materials that include pre-webinar background readings, handouts of the powerpoint slides, and access to the recorded webinar. Participants are also encouraged to post to the forum with any questions or comments they might have. Please review all of the required resources before attempting the practice test.

Module Description

There is a growing understanding of the increasing importance of community building and community development. Yet, do we truly understand its value and role in our communities? This session will be of value to staff, volunteers, businesses, and elected officials interested in addressing the increasingly complex issues in our communities and the leadership, innovation, and collaboration necessary for delivering individual, social, economic, and environmental benefits. Participants will leave with an understanding of why we need to do more to legitimize community building and the role we can all play in serving as a catalyst for positive change, collective impact, and ultimately, comprehensive community transformation.

Learning Objectives

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

  • describe community, its benefits, characteristics, and importance
  • describe social capital, community development, and community building and its increasing relevance
  • articulate the qualities of successful communities
  • describe and differentiate strategies used for building community (social planning, social action, and community development)
  • describe the advantages and disadvantages of community development


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.