It's amazing - The idea of "Resilience" is bursting out everywhere. "Resilient Communities" are those that are starting to think about how they will cope when the institutions and systems that we rely on for energy, food and governance might break down.
50 years ago on PEI or in any place, more than half the food eaten was grown within 100 miles. Most even closer. Now most food travels more than 1,000 miles and very little is produced locally. What if the just in time food system might falter or break. What if we lost access to oil? What would it be like to not have oil or electricity for 3 months? We take for granted that global systems of supply are safe and reliable and we have given up our ability to provide the basics for life.
What can we do to plan for such a risk? Can we continue to live as if there was no such risk?
On June 4 there is a work shop on Resilience where I will join 3 other speakers to introduce many of the ideas about what we might do to start to plan to take back our power.
If you are interested please contact Andrea by Email or call 902-894-3399
Here are the details:
Building Resilient Communities in the 21st Century – A Collective Think Tank
1:45 – 4:00pm, June 4
Navigating the way for Resilient Communities through Partnerships and Collaboration
The Atlantic Coordinating Committee on
Crime Prevention and Community Safety (ACC) and the Atlantic Summer
Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities (ASI) are navigating their
way together to help build resilient communities.
With a shared vision of building and
sustaining healthy and safe communities these two groups will come together
to share in a joint event, Building Resilient Communities for the 21st
Century – A Collective Think Tank, to be held 2:00 – 4:00pm, June
This Think Tank will be an interactive session to engage people in a dialogue about building our communities to be resilient and sustainable in the 21st century. Community leaders from the Atlantic Region with knowledge and experiences of resiliency will open the session with brief remarks. Dialogue will be moderated and will engage participants in discussion on the following questions:
• How do people and communities survive and thrive in times of change or in spite of difficult circumstances?
• What makes communities resilient?
• What policies are needed to support communities to cope with economic and social change?
Speaker and Moderator Profiles
Chief Darlene Bernard was elected
Chief of the Lennox Island First Nation in April 2001. She has been re-elected in 2004 and 2007.
Prior to her election as Chief, she served in many important positions with the Lennox Island
Band, including positions in Economic Development, Human Resources Development
and served as the Director of Employment Services for the band for many years.
While serving in this capacity, she played in leading role in include adult education under the
AHRDA program and implemented an upgrading program on Lennox Island. Among her proudest
accomplishments are the creation of the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island,
the signing of the Canada-PEI-Mi’kmaq Partnership Agreement and the construction of the
Chief Mary Bernard Women’s Shelter in Lennox Island.
Aisling Gogan is the Director of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. This is a Government-wide strategy overseen by a committee of 12 ministers and has a 10 year goal of transforming Newfoundland and Labrador into a province with the least poverty. Prior to joining Newfoundland and Labrador’s public service she worked as a self-employed social program evaluation consultant and taught Political Science at Memorial University.
Monique LeBlanc (Moderator) lives
and works in Fredericton and currently holds the position of Provincial
Coordinator for NB, with Health Canada - Atlantic Region. Monique has
a unique connection to both the Atlantic Summer Institute
on Healthy and Safe Communities and the Atlantic Coordinating Committee
on Crime Prevention and Community Safety, having served on the board
and subcommittees of both: the ACC from 1998-2005 and the ASI since
2003. She has had the privilege of working alongside dynamic, passionate,
and knowledgeable people in government, in communities and in academia,
who have increased her commitment to social justice, to partnership
and to helping to break down silo-thinking in government and other organizations.
Robert Paterson is the President of The Renewal Consulting Group Inc. which was founded in 1994. The motto of the firm is "Looking Beneath the Surface" - helping clients find root causes to complex issues that enable them to frame an optimal context for action. Renewal acts as a bridge between the conventional corporate world and the new networked more personal world. Rob’s experience has spanned the breadth from working as Senior Advisor for Dr Fraser Mustard (President of the CIAR) and the financial sector (CIBC), to understanding global culture and deep involvement in community. Resilient Communities is his most urgent fascination. In our hyper connected world, it is becoming clear that the smallest break in energy, food or credit supplies can reduce a society to ruin. What are the local buffers that would offer enough resilience to survive these shocks? In the fall of 2008, the first international conference on resiliency was held at UPEI, which engaged participants to explore the re-localization of power, energy, food and credit as vectors for increasing resilience.
Rick Shaw, joined the RCMP in 1990 at Halifax and is originally from Cape Breton, NS. He served 12 years in British Columbia at five postings. His duties in Terrace and Kelowna included General Duty, General Investigation Section (Drugs / Major Crimes), Bicycle Patrol and Highway Patrol. He was the Detachment Commander at his other three postings of Anahim Lake, McBride and Masset. Insp. Shaw transferred to RCMP Headquarters, Ottawa, in Dec. 2003 to the Operational Policy Section. He held numerous portfolios including Officer Safety, Police Dog Services, Use of Force and Backup Policy. He was commissioned to the rank of Inspector as the Officer in Charge (OIC) of National Youth Services in 2007. This role was soon amalgamated with the OIC of Community Policing to form his current position OIC of RCMP National Crime Prevention Services.