“One of the things we need to learn is that very great change starts from very small conversations, held among people who care.” - Margaret Wheatley
In Jasper, all residents are invited to become members of something called the Jasper Community Team. Members come together each month for a conversation about the community. At these community conversations, members share information about social issues and trends they're noticing. Then, the group problem-solves and provides mutual support in tackling these issues. Participants work together to come up with innovative, locally-driven solutions to social challenges that are identified. Anyone is invited to take part and members can come and go as their availability allows.
There are four Community Conversations a month, each one focusing on a different age group: 1) Young Children (pre-natal to age 5) and their families 2) School-Age Children and their families 3) Adults 4) Older Adults/Seniors
Examples of issues and trends that have been discussed at these community conversations: - Housing - Transportation - Access to medical services - Loneliness and isolation - Welcoming newcomers - Seasonal employment - Accessibility - Elder Abuse - Empathy - Children wish special needs - Screen time - Mental health issues