Reconnecting our Communities: How the Roving Listener Built Community One Neighbour at a Time

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Tamarack Institute

We have had over 16 months of “social distancing” and shutting down the vital components of what is at the heart of the community such as parks, trails, cafes, community centres, events, and social gatherings. The Pandemic response in Canada was swift and given the severity of the situation unprecedented. Though on a technical level we were able to isolate to reduce the spread of the virus, we failed to effectively consider the ramifications of the pandemic response with regard to the social condition of people. People that were lonely became lonelier. Communities that were disconnected became more disconnected. How can we reconnect our communities?

Speakers: Wendy McCaig, De’Amon Harges, and Heather Keam

Join Wendy McCaig from Embrace Communities and Heather Keam, Tamarack Institute in conversation with DeAmon Harges on how we can reconnect our communities. De'Amon has been called one of the eight most influential neighbourhood organizers on the ground. He is the original “Roving Listener” as a neighbour and staff member of the Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.

In this webinar, you will learn how a simple act of talking to people can lead to change. De'Amon’s will share his experience and stories about bring neighbours and institutions together to discover the power of being a good neighbour.

Date: September 15, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 - 12:00 pm MT