June 29, 2017
June 28, 2017


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Alison Vandervelde
Community Development Officer, County of Frontenac

Brian Grattan
EDO, Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen

Liz Huff
Councillor, Township of Leeds and 1000 Islands

Mike Dwyer
CAO, Township of Rideau Lakes

Bob Leitch
Sonoptic Communications

Nikki Nelson
Founding Co-Chair, Keene Pumpkinfest

Nelson Rogers
Community Ingenuity

Lynne Maclennan
Associate, Better Best Practices Initiative

Peter Kenyon

Peter Kenyon is a social capitalist and community enthusiast. Over the last four decades he has worked with more than 2000 communities throughout Australia and overseas seeking to facilitate fresh and creative ways that stimulate community and local economic renewal. He is motivated by the desire to create healthy, caring, inclusive, connected, sustainable and enterprising communities and local economies.

Peter has had a background as a youth worker, teacher, youth education officer, tertiary lecturer and senior public servant. His employment experiences have included Director of Employment in Western Australia, 

Manager of the Community Employment Development Unit in New Zealand and Coordinator of the Natal Kwazulu Job Creation and Enterprise Strategy in South Africa.

Peter is convinced that one cannot develop communities from the top down or from the outside in. It requires communities to build from the inside out, and for their members to invest themselves, ideas, assets and resources in the process. Peter created the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. (Initiatives for the Development of Enterprising Action and Strategies) to promote such a paradigm shift and assist with the necessary facilitation, ideas and skills.

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9 am: Welcome

9:15 am: Peter Kenyon-Keynote Address

10:30 am: Ignite-style presentations featuring local experts

• Municipal-Volunteer Relationships (Nikki Nelson, Founding Co-Chair, Keene Pumpkinfest)
• Risk Management/Insurance for community groups (Brian Grattan, EDO, Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen)
• Small Village Water and Wastewater Servicing (Mike Dwyer, CAO, Township of Rideau Lakes)
• Big Data for Small Places (Bob Leitch, Sonoptic Communications – June 28; Nelson Rogers, Community Ingenuity – June 29)
• Strategic Planning Without Tears (Liz Huff, Councillor, Township of Leeds and 1000 Islands)
• Finding Your Story and Telling it (Alison Vanderveldhe, Community Development Officer, County of Frontenac)
• OMAFRA Programs and Services (OMAFRA staff)

12pm – 1pm: Lunch

1pm – 2 pm: Table Discussions dedicated to morning topics. Discussions will be focused around three questions:

1. Please share a specific achievement or success.
2. What do you need to achieve further successes?
3. What steps can you take in the next six months to achieve these successes?

2:15pm: Structured reports back from each table.

3:15pm: Wrap up: Peter Kenyon

3:45pm: Closing remarks

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