Asset-Based Community Development 101
Building Your Community Table


November 1 | Virtual Workshop



Cet atelier initialement prévu le 17 novembre 2022 est reporté en raison de circonstances imprévues. Veuillez communiquer avec Myriam Bérubé si vous souhaitez en apprendre davantage sur l'approche DCBA en français.

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Coaching Call

Build Your Community Development Table Using ABCD

At Tamarack we believe that community is essential, and we need to change the traditional ways of community development to a community-centred approach. What the past two years have taught us is the importance of community and the residents who live in our neighbourhoods. It is now the time for us to reflect and reimagine the role that residents play in the community planning process.


Historically, organizations and municipalities have built and brought the table into a community, but how can we shift this thinking so that community is able to build their own table? Rather than bringing the table, we believe that organizations and municipalities need to act as the legs, which support community to build the table and then set it themselves.

Join Heather Keam for our first ABCD 101 virtual workshop designed to shift your thinking so that your organization puts residents at the centre so they can build their own community table. Your role then becomes the legs which support the table and the community-centred activities that come from it. This workshop will provide you with an opportunity to explore ABCD through discussions and breakout activities. We will focus on the elements and methods of ABCD, how to incorporate an ABCD lens to put community at the centre of your work. 


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Workshop Pre Learning
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Virtual Workshop Session

1-Hour Individual Pre-Learning

Prior to Attending

  • Prepare you for the content within the workshop
  • Complete a self-reflection exercise

3.5-Hour Virtual Workshop

November 1, 2022 | 1:00pm - 4:30pm ET

  • Explore a variety of ABCD methods and processes to bring to your community development work
  • Learn how to centre community within the community development process
  • Gain a deeper understanding of Asset-Based Community Development, its foundational theory and practices
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Coaching Session

1-Hour Coaching Session with Fellow-Learners

December 6th - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Deepen your understanding of the workshop content
  • Receive personalized support from Heather to translate your knowledge into action

What will Registrants Learn?

The Principles of ABCD

This workshop will begin with an introduction to Asset-Based Community Development. First, we will go over the 7 principles of ABCD, the assets of ABCD and the functions of ABCD. After establishing these fundamentals, will prepare registrants to apply the ABCD lens to the community development work they do. 

Common ABCD Practices 

We will explore a variety of tools and methods that are rooted in an ABCD approach and put them into practice. This will provide registrants with the confidence to take these methods and processes and adapt them to their community context. 

How to Centre Residents Within Your Plans  

Together, learners will hear stories of municipalities and organizations centring community within their work. We will cover the challenges, the lessons learned and best practices to authentically engage the community. If you are in the field of community development and find yourself struggling to engage residents, this workshop is for you. 




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Single Registration

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Group Registration


CEP, CDC & CBYF Member Registration



Registration is now open and is limited to 70 learners. Participants will be sent a pre-workshop package ahead of the workshop. Zoom meeting details will be sent in advance. The registration rate includes the pre-workshop package, the 3.5-hour virtual workshop and a one-hour post-workshop small group coaching session. It also includes membership into Tamarack Institute's Learning community.


Post-workshop, participants will be invited to register for a post-event coaching session. At this interactive session, small groups of workshop participants will be encouraged to share their emerging questions and receive further support in translating the workshop’s learning into action.


Can’t attend the workshop, but love the content? Get in touch with Connor to learn more about how you can bring a custom version of this workshop to your organization or collaborative.


The Paul Born Be A Light Scholarship Fund

We want everyone to learn how to improve their community! To ensure this, Tamarack supports low-income learners through the Paul Born Be a Light Fund. Please reach out to Duncan if you would like to apply for a scholarship. Learn how you can donate to the Paul Born Be A Light Fund and get a charitable receipt.

Please contact Duncan if you have any questions or concerns. 




Meet Your Workshop Facilitator

Heather Keam

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Heather is happy to be part of the Vibrant Communities team as the Associate Director for Cities Deepening Community practice. Before this position she was a Manager in the Learning Centre where she organized Community of Practices, learning opportunities, tools and resources for community change. Heather brings over 12 years of public health knowledge to this position and 16 years of experience generating action at a grassroots level using ABCD and Collective Impact.

Heather is a lifelong learner and has just recently got her certificate in Knowledge Mobilization from the University of Guelph. She has a Bachelor's degree in Health Studies from Brock University, a Graduate Diploma in Nutritional Science from Canberra University, Australia, and a Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion from Canadore College

Heather loves guiding groups through the community development process of planning, engagement, implementation, and sustainability of local community efforts. Heather has presented at several provincial, national and international conferences regarding her work on walkable communities and building healthy communities.

Heather resides in Burford Ontario with her husband and three boys. When she is not baking, she is either camping or volunteering her time at her children's school, local Scouting and at a member of the local Optimist club.

Learn more about Heather