I am so excited to be able to share with you this time of learning and adventure in my life. This leg of my life-long journey will consist of a 6 week hands-on community development learning experience.
What will I be doing?
I will travel to North Carolina for 10 days to obtain Race Equity and Racial Righteousness training. I will also attend two national conference/gatherings for community developers and visit agencies/organizations that are doing fabulous work in the area of community development.
From North Carolina, I will head off to Southern California where I will spend just over 4 weeks learning with Terri Larson and her colleagues at CityNet (www.citynet.org). Terri has been doing the work of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) for over 25 years and I will have the invaluable opportunity to walk alongside her as she coaches, trains, leads strategic planning, facilitates spiritual formation (soul care) and builds capacity for leaders and their organizations in various neighbourhoods. I will also have the opportunity to live and "do life" in a few of the neighbourhoods that City Net serves. The opportunity for mutual and experiential learning will be plentiful!
Why am I doing this?
Simply put, I am passionate about facilitating and supporting positive change in the lives of individuals and communities. Over the last 2.5 years I have been on a journey that has lead me to drastically reorganize and reorient my life and priorities. I have spent the time equipping myself with various tools and intentionally exposing myself to various learning experiences so that I can be an active catalyst of transformation.
What will your funds support?
When you click on the "Donate Now" button you will be supporting my learning experience so that I am better equipped to support the work of positive community transformation here in Canada. A breakdown of my expenses are in the "wish list" below.
My gift to you... :)
In the spirit of ABCD, I am eager to offer a gift back to you. I invite you to follow my journey via my blog, (http://bernadettearthur.blogspot.com/). This will probably be the hardest part of my journey, committing to blogging regularly :). However, I am committed to sharing the stories of life, love and laughter with you, so that you too can be a part of the journey!
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