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The 2018 Healthy Community Symposium took place from March 5-8, 2018. This year’s theme was 'Creating Communities for Everyone' and focused on creating communities that enhance the health and sense of belonging for all community members.

The 2018 Symposium were hosted in partnership by the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund, Alberta Health Services and Communities ChooseWell, Alberta Recreation and Parks Association.

Keynote Presenter: Jim Diers, Neighbor Power

Date: Monday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Jim Diers, Community Organizer, Neighbor Power

Seattle, Washington

Jim Diers is driven by a passion to get people more involved in their communities and in the decisions that affect their lives. Over the past 40 years, he has served as a grass roots community organizer, community developer, and founding director of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods. Jim now shares the lessons from that work in his courses at the University of Washington; in international consulting through the Asset-Based Community Development Institute; and in his book, Neighbor Power.

Session Description: Inclusive Community: Prescription for Wellness

  • Learn how community can combat loneliness, social injustice, climate change, crime, malnutrition, sedentary lifestyles and other challenges to our health.
  • Understand keys to inclusive engagement; steps government, non-profits and other agencies must take to better partner with community.
  • Discover the many under-utilized resources that can be mobilized to strengthen communities and their health.

Thanks for all that attended! For those who didn't, don't worry! Many of the sessions were recorded and can be accessed below:

View the symposium agenda