Rural Community Building Fundamentals (Phase 1)

Begins February 10, 2020

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.  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:

  • 6 modules (1.5 hours each)
  • can be taken via online webinars at a cost of $50 for each webinar. Additional testing and certification is an additional $250
  • 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 6 consecutive weeks. Learning is reinforced through the use of  testing and certification so each module will also have either a background reading and quiz OR a practical assignment. This combination of quizzes and assignments would add approximately two additional two hours per module to the course workload.  


Testing and Certification:

Two of the six 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 4 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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Webinar Date

Session Description

RCB101 Introduction to Community Building

February 10, 2020

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 rural and remote 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.

RCB102 The Increasing Importance of Community Building February 18, 2020

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.

RCB103 Tools for Enhancing Community Leadership February 24, 2010

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.

RCB104 Outcome-Focused Leadership

March 9, 2020

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.

RCB105  Measuring Impact: Evaluation Fundamentals

March 23, 2020

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.

RCB106 Essentials for Empowering Citizens and Volunteers

March 30, 2020

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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