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). 

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Winter-Warm Up Holiday Breakfast

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 9am -12noon, join us at the Hall for a light breakfast 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! 

This event is free, however, we kindly request that you bring a donation for the Food Bank if you are in a position to do so.

If you'd like to volunteer for this event, click here or contact Angie at volunteer@ritchie-league.com

Join us to learn more about your Abundant Community and all that Ritchie has to offer.

A Face of ACE

Maureen O’Neil

Maureen O’Neil

Maureen O’Neil has a lot of commitments. In addition to being a mom to energetic four and one year-old boys, working full time, volunteering, and joining the Community League Board last month; the energetic Block Connector is trying to make a difference in northeast Ritchie.

“I initially saw the Abundant Community Edmonton program on the League’s Facebook page and it looked really interesting,” she says. “I think neighbourly connections benefit everyone so I don’t mind doing my part to make our community a great place to live.”

As a Block Connector, Maureen is looking to engage with the people on her street and build relationships. She recognizes the advantages to knowing and working with her neighbours.

“It sort of started out as a search for a reliable babysitter to be honest,” she jokes. “But I soon realized that there was much more to be gained than a few nights out.”

After the snow melted earlier this year, Maureen started worrying about her eavestroughs. Not being particularly knowledgeable in the area, she asked a few people on her street for recommendations.

“We ended up finding six homes that were planning to do a spring clean up,” she says. “I called around and discovered that if we coordinated, we could get a 10% discount on the service so it worked out nicely for all of us.”

In the coming months, Maureen will be exploring other interesting ways to add value on her block. The Abundant Communities program has various tools that help volunteers to identify local skills, determine interest in social activities like block parties, and collect ideas for the neighbourhood.    

“I’m a friendly and fairly outgoing person so the Block Connector role is a good fit,” she says. “There are tons of great things going on in Ritchie and I’m just glad to be a part of it all.”
 

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: ritchieconnector@gmail.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.

Block Connectors:

  • 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 9am -12noon, join us at the Hall for a light breakfast 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! 

Entrance by donations

If you'd like to volunteer for this event, visit http://signup.com/go/ipOzvqB or contact Angie at volunteer@ritchie-league.com

Join us to learn more about your Abundant Community and all that Ritchie has to offer.