Trying another way




Dyck, Leslie

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There are at least four factors educators should consider when engaging in community development in rural and remote regions. These recommendations include understanding the local context and the researchers place within it, broadening the scope: who is not at the table that should be, acknowledging and mobilizing existing community assets, and how to manage the information that is collected during the process The paper reviews recent attempts to bring together key stakeholders living and working in a rural and remote community on Vancouver Island with the intension of developing a food security hub. Several false starts had occurred in bringing this group of stakeholders together to begin working collaboratively toward increasing the islands current level of food security. The text reviews reasons why these attempts at collaborative strategic planning did not move forward despite the identified food issues in the region. The final section describes the redesign of a workshop that aims to bring the right people at the right time together to engage in collaborative planning that will translate into sustainable action towards the goal of regional food security.



community development, grassroots, food security hub, change