Ritchie Community League and the Support Team have hosted several open house meetings to present the Abundant Community Edmonton (ACE) initiative. The great turnout at these meetings demonstrate the need for a framework to enhance neighbourliness and connections between neighbours. Many keen Ritchie residents have already signed up to become Block Connectors (BC) (stay tuned for the Block Connector list and check out if your block has its own BC).
Job Posting - Neighbourhood Connector
Ritchie Community League is currently seeking a resident of our neighbourhood for the role of Neighbourhood Connector. This is a paid, part time position with an expected contribution of 40 hours per month, and is expected to last for 6-9 months. The hours are highly variable and primary self directed.
The purpose of this role is to support the implementation of the Abundant Community Program in our neighbourhood, an Asset Based Community Development program intended to develop and promote a vibrant neighbourhood life, while reducing social isolation. The Neighbourhood Connector is responsible for identifying, mobilizing, encouraging and supporting the Block Connectors. For more information on this program, please click the Learn More button:
Responsibilities of the Neighbourhood Connector may include:
Various initiation and start up tasks, such as creating a block map for your neighbourhood and working with the neighbourhood support team to select and implement an appropriate database.Attending citywide neighbourhood connector gatherings
Revising the Block Connector Introduction Letter and the Neighbourhood Conversation Guide for your Neighbourhood
Identifying and orientating new Block Connectors and accompanying them on their first neighbourhood conversations
Providing ongoing support and encouragement to the Block Connectors
Ensuring regular and accurate data entry into the selected database
Supporting the creation of new activity groups of shared interest
Reporting to the neighbourhood leadership team
As a potential Neighbourhood Connector, your have:
Existing relationships within the neighbourhood; you are viewed as a local leader and connector
Confidence and passion to seek out and enlist a Block Connector from each block in the neighbourhood
Leadership ability to direct and motivate Block Connectors to connect with their whole block
Tenacity and sufficient organizational skills to engage the entire neighbourhood
Boldness and social skills to engage any neighbour
Hospitality to convene the Block Connectors for encouragement and “team support”
Teaching ability to guide the Block Connectors to competence in initiating conversations
Interest in the information collected in conversations, to ensure collection and relevant follow-up action
Care, grace and patience to work with all levels of ability and commitment among Block Connectors
Communication skills to correspond with Block Connectors, the Support Team and the neighbourhood leadership.
To apply for this role, please email your resume to ACE@ritchie-league.com by February 23, 2018. As well, in lieu of a cover letter, we ask that you provide us with a document detailing your answers to the following questions:
What initially attracted you to the the role of Neighbourhood Connector?
What part of the Neighbourhood Connector role would be the biggest challenge for you personally? Why?
How would you describe your neighbourhood? What makes it unique? How do you believe that would affect the success of the ACE program in your neighbourhood?
Ritchie Community League would sincerely like to thank all applicants for their interest; together we can turn strangers into neighbours.
Want to learn more about your Abundant Communities Block Connector Team? Visit this page to find out more about what makes Ritchie a great place to live and grow.
And remember we are still actively looking for local volunteers to fill Block Connector roles. If you would like to learn more please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ritchie’s Abundant Community program is continuing to gather momentum. We are still actively looking for local volunteers to fill Block Connector roles. If you would like to learn more please email: email@example.com
Abundant Community Edmonton
Abundant Community Edmonton (ACE) is a neighbourhood engagement and organization approach – basically, a way to build a culture of connection one neighbourly conversation at a time.
The benefits! ACE works with citizens to…
- Enable relationship building to advance connection and belonging
- Shape community life according to residents’ vision for their neighbourhood
- Build neighbourhood identity and pride through shared ownership and responsibility
- Facilitate local recreation opportunities
- Foster an environment of care for one another
- Reduce social isolation
- Increase safety on the block and in the neighbourhood
- Build the capacity of the neighbourhood to engage with neighbourhood leadership and the City of Edmonton
In 2016, Ritchie Community League has launched the Abundant Community initiative in the neighourhood and put together a Support Team (ST) to spearhead the project.
Be a point person for the block so that everyone can be in touch about block related matters (e.g. garage doors left open and neighbourhood watch) and so that info can be shared (e.g. events and news) back and forth with the community league, other neighbourhood associations and one another.
Initiate the organization of social events, such as block parties, BBQs, Halloween hot chocolate, wine and cheese) with/for your block.
Discover the vision for our neighbourhood, the activities and interests (e.g. soccer, photography) that you and others might want to share in with Ritchie neighbours and what skills, abilities and experiences (e.g. senior care, handy-man/woman) people would be willing to share with a neighbour or the neighbourhood. We have a Neighbourhood Conversation Guide to facilitate this information gathering.
To become a Block Connector, complete this form:
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Mark your Calendars! Your Ritchie Abundant Community Team is hosting a Winter-Warm Up Holiday Breakfast, and, we want you to join us!
December 9th from 10am -12noon, join us at the Hall for a few light snacks and crafty fun for all ages. Our friends from the newly formed Fibre group will be on-hand to help you create pompoms that you can either take home, or add your pompom to our community garland!