What’s it all about?
The Abundant Community Edmonton (ACE) is all about neighbourhood engagement, organization and community building. The initiative follows the principles and practices recommended by Peter Block and John McKnight in their book The Abundant Community.
The initiative promotes:
Creating strong neighbourly connections in every building in Oliver, which contributes to a culture of care and belonging in our community.
Sharing your ideas about Oliver to help the Community League lead the neighbourhood into the future.
Finding others in the neighbourhood to share in activities and interests that you and your family also enjoy – or want to try out!
Sharing your abilities and skills with others to make our neighbourhood an even better place to live!
How can YOU get involved?
At the heart of the initiative is a Building Connector – a friendly person in every building or on every floor who initiates a casual conversation with each household in their building about:
- Their vision for the neighbourhood.
Activities and interests they would like to participate in with Oliver neighbours.
Skills, gifts or abilities they are willing to share with neighbours or the community.
When you become a Building Connector for Abundant Community Edmonton:
- You help to shape community life.
You create relationships through the formation of new groups of shared interests within the neighbourhood.
You connect the gifts, skills and abilities of neighbours to other neighbours and the neighbourhood.
We already have some enthusiastic Building Connectors, but we still have quite a few buildings without one. If you think you would be a great Building Connector, or know someone who would be, please connect with us! We provide the tools and support to help you succeed as a Building Connector!
Oliver has a Neighbourhood Connector, Angelika Matson, whose primary role is to train and support Building Connectors throughout the process of connecting. You’ll have lots of help along the way!
Contact the Neighbourhood Connector, Angelika Matson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re also on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/abundantcommunityoliverpark.
Let Us Know Your Thoughts!
Neighbour Conversation Form
We’re hoping for increased and ongoing community connectedness. To jumpstart this, Building Connectors use a “Neighbour Conversation Guide” to record the information and answers they find out from their neighbours. They then provide that information to the Oliver Community League’s Neighbourhood Connector. The idea is that we can then start to connect neighbours on the basis of the actual interests and abilities of people in the community.
We invite you to fill in our “Conversation Form” to let us know your vision for the neighbourhood, as well as the interests and activities you might like to share with others in the community!