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Our friends’ work is important to our learning here at Tamarack.

We thrive on sharing ideas about building resilient, vibrant communities, and nurturing strong, collaborative relationships.

In this section, we will explore the ideas of people who grow and enhance our understanding of community, all in the spirit of engagement.

David Chrislip

David ChrislipAs Principal of Skillful Means, David has spent over three decades helping people enhance their leadership capacities, and creative visions and strategies for their communities. His work focuses on civic leadership development, collaboratively addressing complex issues, and organizational strategy and development. Learn more about making collaboration work with David here.

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Joseph Connor

Joseph ConnorJoseph (Jay) Connor is the Founder/CEO of The Collaboratory for Community Support, and co-author of the acclaimed book Community Visions, Community Solutions: Grantmaking for Comprehensive Impact. He offers valuable insight on major issues that will be confronting our communities for years to come. Explore community visions and solutions with Jay here.

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Carl Hiebert

Carl HiebertAn “entrepreneur of life,” Carl is a best-selling author, and a well-known aviator and photographer who celebrates community and life through his beautiful photographs. Learn more about Carl and his work here.

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Joe Schaeffer

Dr. Joe Schaeffer is an author, speaker, consultant and facilitator whose model for creative communication invites community leaders to embrace new and more holistic approaches to communication and conflict management. Learn more about Joe and his work here.

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Sherri Torjman

Sherri TorjmanAs the Vice President of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, Sherri has authored and co-authored many books and reports, including Shared Space: The Communities Agenda and The Social Dimension of Sustainable Development. Her areas of expertise include welfare reform, and the social dimension of community-based poverty reduction. Explore some of the dimensions of Shared Space that Sherri has identified here.

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Brenda Zimmerman

Brenda ZimmermanBrenda Zimmerman is an associate professor at the Schulich School of Business at York University. Her gifts for scholarship, teaching and writing have brought advancements to complexity and the management field, reaching many practitioners and policy makers. Explore the challenges and opportunities of complex community initiatives with Brenda here.

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Maytree Maytree seeks to combat systemic poverty in Canada through grants, support and collaboration with communities and organizations. Tamarack was co-founded by Alan Broadbent, the Foundation's Chairman. Learn more about Maytree's work here.

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The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

The J.W. McConnell Family FoundationThe J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is a co-sponsor of Vibrant Communities. The Foundation funds projects in Canada that foster citizen engagement and build resilient communities, and have the potential for national scale or impact. Learn more about the Foundation's work here.

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