Why is it that some communities and neighbourhoods, more than others, are able to pro-actively respond and thrive in the face of challenges and change?

What are some of the key ingredients of community and neighbourhood resilience and how can these be nurtured and built. 

Join BC Healthy Communities and the Tamarack Institute for an lively webinar with the Building Resilient Neighbourhoods team as they share what they've learned over the past four years working with communities to foster change.

Join this webinar to explore these questions with the team from the Building Resilient Neighbourhoods project, a collaborative initiative to create more resilient communities and neighbourhoods in the Greater Victoria region in BC, as they share their key learnings from the first four years of their work.


Building Resilient Neighbourhoods - Four Years of Learning Webinar

Join us to:

Learn about place-based approaches to building resilience and some of the key characteristics of neighbourhood resilience

Explore how working at different scales – from individual households, to residential streets, to neighbourhood-wide strategies – can foster greater resilience in the places we live

Discuss the key learnings from the first four years of the Building Resilient Neighbourhoods project, and what these might mean for building community resilience in other places.

Please register here for this event



Stacy Barter

Stacy is the Lead Facilitator of the Building Resilient Neighbourhoods Project. For over 20 years, Stacy has worked in sustainable community development with a wide range of communities, non-profit organizations, and public sector agencies in Canada and Latin America. Her recent work focuses on building neighbourhood-based engagement, public engagement on climate change and health, community resilience, and collective impact across sectors. Stacy holds a M. Ed. from Simon Fraser University, specializing in Adult Education, community development, and organizational learning. 

Michelle Colussi

Michelle worked with the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal (CCCR) on a variety of community economic development initiatives for 20 years. Originally trained as a teacher, her background includes recreation, youth justice, mental health, theatre and social enterprise. Michelle has an extensive background in rural development projects working with First Nations, local governments and NGO’s.  Her facilitation skills have been in demand among corporate and NGO clients. She was a key member in the development of the Community Resilience Manual that CCCR developed in 2000 and worked with the Government of Botswana to adapt the tool and train facilitators there.  Currently Michelle’s practice is focused on facilitation, training and coaching to strengthen community collaboration and outcomes. She works with multi-sector groups and community based organizations. She is a founding member of Transition Victoria (BC) and is committed to strengthening community and organizational resilience in all her work.

Rob Wipond

Rob has been a freelance researcher, writer and investigative journalist based in Victoria, British Columbia for 20 years. His reporting on local community issues has garnered nominations for three National Magazine Awards, nine Western Magazine Awards, and five Jack Webster Awards for journalism. He has also done contract work for environmental organizations like The Nature Trust of BC and Ducks Unlimited Canada. Five years ago he co-founded the Building Resilient Neighbourhoods project, and since then has also helped found a local housing land trust society and community investment fund.


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