As a result of a workshop with the Youngstown School students last year, momentum has been gained for an economic development idea for the Village of Youngstown. On April 7, community members will gather to work towards a shared goal of economic revitalization stemming from a suggestion made by the youth of the town.
This won’t be a typical strategic planning or brainstorming session, but a fun, creative, and interactive community evening led by Monica Knight to get people’s feedback on a potential theme for Youngstown.
Monica’s facilitation seeks to combat the often fragmented ways with which we attempt to solve problems in a group setting. Attendees will think about YOUNGstersTOWN using unconventional activities to spark creative responses.
Watch out Saskatchewan, on Wednesday, June 2 Monica will be showing you how to kickstart your entrepreneurial community [aka Paint the Barn Red] at the Saskatchewan Economic Development Association‘s “Creating Intersections for Growth” Conference in Swift Current! Click on the image to go to the Conference website.
Monica was dressed appropriately when she arrived to work in Alberta at the end of January… Brrrr, winter on the prairies!
Despite suffering from a horrible cold while there, Monica can report that the “All Aboard” project in Hanna has expanded to the nearby community of Youngstown and the wide expanse known as The Special Areas.
You can read about the latest development by visiting the Cactus Corridor website – www.cactuscorridor.com
It’s been a busy fall and winter for Monica! Now, not surprisingly, this EDUtainer makes her home at Marmalade Cottage on magical GABRIOLA – “The Isle of the Arts“.
As a result you can now choose from two places for one-to-one personal visioning/goal setting with Monica: at her fabulous Marmalade Cottage OR, if the west coast of Canada is not your style, she can also work with you at the glamourous The Meridian in Las Vegas!
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Monica has been an educator in Europe, India, and also worked in Johannesburg, South Africa. She says she used that transition as a base for her unique and interactive message of moving from tolerance to acceptance.
Here’s a throwback from a speech she performed in Swift Current, Saskatchewan back in 2011 at the Mayor’s Lunch for Mental Health.
Following Monica’s encouragement for Hanna to take realistic small steps to follow the All Aboard! theming – look at what was achieved by this group of volunteers: ATCO Power, Town of Hanna, Warwick’s Home Hardware, the Legion, and Cactus Corridor Economic Development Corporation!
More excitement with the All Aboard! Project in Hanna as they continue to stay “on track” – three local businesses have agreed to put this decal in their windows to add flair to Downtown Hanna and unite the business core.