Please share something about yourself, your work, and what draws you to the Inclusion Network online community.
I am a community health nurse involved in community development. I need mentorship from people that have been doing this as I am a new kid on the block when it comes to community building.
What would you like to contribute to this community? What would you like to receive?
I have a lot of passion and energy to offer! I would like to receive help with implementing community development models. I've learned a lot on my own through trial and error and it would be fantastic to have a mentor or coach that could help me with direction and leadership. I have no support or guidance in the job I do. I don't know of any other nurse doing what I do and it has been lonely at times . I often feel inadequate in my role as a communtiy developer.
How did you hear about this community?
Through Mike Green (ABCD) and Alan Sloane. They suggested I attend the summer institiure as it would help me to build a network of colleagues.
What are some of the questions you'd like to explore, or conversations you'd like to have with others in this community?
Here are some of the things I would like to learn:
1. More intensive ABCD training.
2. How to trust and empower community without doing it myself and suffering burnout.
3. How to bring communities ( at odds with each other) together?
4. Community inventories? Is there a sure fast way to do this?
5. How to bring the best out in people and communities?
When we are out roving we don't have a set of specific questions. We do try & keep it as natural as possible. We start out by introducing ourselves as neighbors who just want to get to know them & find out what their gifts & talents are. We ask them what they are good at or what do people say you are good at?? Some of our conversations have ranged from 15 mins to 2 hrs. I carry a notebook & I ask them if they don't mind I would like to record some of their information. A camera is helpful too. Before we take any pictures we do ask for their permission. It is a lot easier if you start with the people you know or are familiar with. Hope this helps. Terri
Didn't realize you are a nurse Rhonda. You must try to meet Anne Murrey from Toronto at the Summer Institute. She used to nurse and now works for ExtendaFamily. I'll try to introduce you.
Meantime.. a group of us here in Toronto are attempting to create community at "The Abilities Church" - Interdenominational and Inclusion at its best! Our purpose is to encourage the entire community and churches to personally practice inclusion as a part of everyday living, and our goal is to maintain an equal congregational balance between people without disabilities and people who are differently-abled.
At Abilities Church the differently-abled are not bundled off into a separate room but are welcomed into leadership roles. Each week there are different speakers and visiting singers. The website is getting thousands of hits and people are contacting us from all over the world ... because they are interested in finding the same inclusion in their towns and countries.
You would be very welcome to join us tonight at 6 P.M.
Take the subway to Lawrence Avenue and a Lawrence bus east to Railside Road.
190 Railside Road is just steps past the gas station on the corner.
You can be back downtown early enough to go out and see more of Toronto and it's eateries.
Shalom ..... Doris Power
Hi Rhonda! So great to have you here! Thanks for joining the online Inclusion Network and thanks for sharing about yourself and some of the work that you are involved in. There are many people here who share the passions that you talk about - and also many who have many of the same feelings that you have shared. I hope that you will be able to connect with many of them at TSI - and then continue the conversations here on the network. Please be bold and start some discussions in the forum about the things that are on your mind. We also have an ABCD Client to Citizen Group that you may be interested in joining. As a group we are looking at many of the ABCD guiding principles and working through some focus questions to share our stories and experiences. We would love to have you input. Again, thanks for being here. - Becki