Rural Community Building Course


Starts April 8, 2019

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Community Building for Rural and Remote Communities provides training and certification for staff, volunteers, or elected officials who want to make a difference and are serving in formal or informal community leadership roles. It is suitable for a variety of organizations, committees, networks, businesses, and sectors e.g. health, social services, economic development, education, justice, libraries, elected officials, recreation, agricultural, arts, co-operatives, environment, faith communities etc.



It will be especially relevant for those who are working with other stakeholders to address complex issues and are committed to facilitating the social innovation and transformation needed for their organizations and communities. 

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. 



The Campus for Communities is grateful to RhPAP (Alberta's Rural Health Professions Action Plan) for the direction and knowledge they have provided in terms of helping to develop this course. Their understanding of the issues and opportuniies their varied stakeholders face in terms of living in rural and remote communities has proven invaluable.  

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If you are affiliated with RhPAP there may be a subsidy available to offset a significant portion of this pilot course. Contact Holly Handfield at RhPAP for more details.


Learning Options and Cost:

  • 7 modules (1.5 hours each)
  • can be taken via online webinars at a cost of $50 for each webinar (optional testing and certification is an additional $150)
  • in some cases, face to face workshops may also be an option

Note: No worries if you can't make all dates as the webinars are recorded and available for you to view on your own time.


Time Commitment:

Webinars are 1.5 hours in length and generally run for 7 consecutive weeks. If the participant chooses to pursue the optional testing and certification, each module will also have either a background reading and quiz OR a practical assignment. This combination of quizzes and assignments would add an additional two hours per module.  


Testing and Certification:

Four of the seven webinars have a background reading (the equivalent of a book chapter) that ideally would be read before the online class. 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 the participant is supporting as a community builder.  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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Session Description



CBR101 Introduction to Community Building

Monday, April 8 11:00 MT – 12:00 PM(Webinar)

There is a growing understanding that if the complex issues impacting individual and community well-being are to be addressed, a foundation of trusted relationships must be in place for a community to build on their strengths. This session places an emphasis on the community building and community development strategies that will be required for ensuring the social innovation and collaboration that is essential for accelerating individual, social, economic, and environmental benefits.

CBR102 The Increasing Relevance and Importance of Being Community-Driven Monday, April 15 11:00 MT -(Webinar)

If you are like many who work or volunteer in a neighbourhood or community setting, chances are its because you want to make a difference. While there’s no doubt our respective programs, services, and initiatives 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 new opportunities, issues, and challenges?”

CBR103 Supporting Individual and Community Change Monday, April 29 11:00 MT(Webinar)

It is important for community builders to understand change because community development is about facilitating change. If the intent of community development is to see stronger, healthier, and thriving individuals and communities, it cannot happen without change. If things are to get better, they will have to be different at a number of different levels—for ourselves, for others, for organizations, and ultimately for entire communities.

CBR104 Tools for Enhancing Community Leadership

Monday, May 13 11:00 MT(Webinar)


Tuesday, May 7 AM Central Alberta (Workshop)


Tuesday, May 9 AMPeace River (Workshop)

Key roles for practitioners working in a community development capacity include working to build trusted the relationships, partnerships, and networks that serve as a foundation for promoting health and wellness, facilitating community capacity building, supporting the development of local leaders, and promoting social marketing and public communications. This webinar will explore what that means in terms of more specific roles and responsibilities.


CBR105 Outcome-Focused Leadership 

Tuesday, May 21 11:00 MT(Webinar)


Tuesday, May 7 PMCentral Alberta (Workshop)


Tuesday, May 9 PMPeace River (Workshop)

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 programs and services? Making outcome measurement a priority is the solution and a key strategy for addressing all of the above issues. This session will demonstrate that while community benefits or outcomes may be challenge to articulate,  it is possible.    
CBR106 Measuring Impact: Evaluation Basics Monday, May 2711:00 MT(Webinar)


Today the most effective organizations are those that undertake a review of all goals, 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. This session will provide an overview of key evaluation 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.

CBR107 Essentials for Engaging and Empowering Citizens and Volunteers Monday, June 0311:00 MT(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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