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Sam Greer members, Check out your Final Report!

By |2023-01-13T23:39:15+00:00January 13th, 2023|sam greer place|

  Your final report for the ARC project has been published and you can find it under the “Important Documents” Section of your project page. The ARC team remains available to assist Sam Greer Place and would appreciate the opportunity to check in over the next few months. Thank you once again for being part of the ARC pilot program and please feel free to reach out to with any questions or feedback. C0-operatively, The ARC team

Summary of first focused conversation session on Non-violent/Compassionate Communication

By |2023-01-12T18:14:52+00:00January 12th, 2023|community alternatives|

Thanks very much to everyone who attended and participated in the focused conversation on “Non-violent/Compassionate Communication”. It was a wonderful session, and we were glad to hear positive feedback from the members who were able to join in. About half of the members participated. We welcomed a guest facilitator, Alper Caglayan, who gave us an introduction to the subject and encouraged a discussion about communication styles, empathy, and human connections. He introduced us to “Jackal” and “Giraffe” to help us understand the roles we can take when communicating. Jackal language has elements of judgement, criticism, blame and selfishness — which may still not see jackals get what they want. Giraffe language involves compassion, patience, empathy, and listening. Giraffes seek solutions. We further learned about four steps to use the Giraffe language: Observe what is happening and describe the situation without judgement Identify and express your feelings Find the need behind your feelings Formulate a clear, positive, doable request We hope the session helped the members gain an overview of non-violent communication and ways to practice using Giraffe language. You can revisit the slides for the session over here on your project page. Remember that practice groups are an option, either at the co-op or by joining those outside Community Alternatives. Additional resources: Basics of Non-violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg YouTube video: Decolonizing Non-Violent Communication workbook (images attached) Contact information for Alper Caglayan, M.Ed., RCC (Registered Clinical Counsellor): / 778-883-7013 Next steps: Please keep an eye on your emails for potential date options for the next focused conversation. Thanks again for your time and contributions. Here is the feedback survey link for the session Please complete this to help us improve our services. C0-operatively, The ARC team

Your first focused conversation session is coming up!

By |2023-01-03T22:31:45+00:00January 3rd, 2023|community alternatives|

I hope you all are excited for your first focused conversation session coming up on "Non-Violent/Compassionate Communication" by an external consultant Alper Caglayan. Next week, January 9, we will be learning about compassionate communication style, techniques and models and how does diverse communication patterns impacts our personal and professional lives. We would encourage your maximum participation and involvement. See you soon! Co-operatively, The ARC Team

Implementation Planning session: Thanks for your contribution!

By |2022-12-02T21:25:29+00:00December 2nd, 2022|sam greer place|

Thanks very much to everyone who invested their time for attending the Implementation planning session. We appreciate your contribution and involvement. A lot of valuable and logical ideas were suggested by the members on important issues such as building community, member trainings, green sustainability policy, maintenance planning and funding criteria's. We are compiling your suggestions and preparing a comprehensive action plan for the co-op to start implementing things in the next year. Stay tuned for the final ARC report! Meanwhile, please fill the below survey link regarding the feedback for the implementation session. This will further help us to improve the content and delivery of upcoming sessions. Thanks again for being a part of the ARC pilot program and contributing with the best of your efforts. ARC Team

Kaslo Gardens, thank you again for your contribution!

By |2022-11-25T20:10:01+00:00November 25th, 2022|kaslo gardens|

We understand Kaslo Gardens’ decision to discontinue as a participant in the ARC pilot phase and would like to take a moment here and appreciate your contribution, involvement, and support. The visioning workshop and focused conversation session on “Compassionate Communication” received good feedback initially and involvement from the members who attended. We’ve re-registered past ARC event attendees that may wish to access the past discussions and documents. Your new login credentials are as follows: Username – your email address Password – Kaslogardens@ARC We hope that you’ll continue to make use of the range of services offered by CHF BC including our regular Education options and group buying. If, in future, your co-op would like to try the revised ARC program sometime in the future, please let us know. Thanks again for your contribution. ARC Team

Last ARC session on “Implementation Planning” is coming up!

By |2022-11-21T19:33:32+00:00November 21st, 2022|sam greer place|

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry So here we are to convert goals into realities by creating a comprehensive action plan together, prepare mini-milestones, review resources and allocate timelines. Don’t miss your chance to attend the last ARC session on November 30 at 7 pm. See you soon! Co-operatively, The ARC Team

Community Alternatives Vision & Challenges – What we heard

By |2022-10-19T21:17:38+00:00October 14th, 2022|community alternatives|

At our last session "Vision & Challenges" on September 29, 2022, you had a chance to discuss the plans and vision for Community Alternatives, and evaluate the challenges that will come across the way. You also got an opportunity to work in breakout groups and find out the opportunities that will the co-op to reach its vision. Check out the "What we Heard" document to get an idea of what happened at the session. Does it capture your co-op well? Did we miss anything? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.  

Sam Greer: What we heard – Goals & Action

By |2022-10-19T20:58:29+00:00October 6th, 2022|sam greer place|

We had placed 2 display boards at the co-op for Sam Greer members, being a follow-up on the last session on "Goals & Action" held on September 13, 2022. The purpose of the first board was to invite additional ideas and issues apart from the ones discussed during the session, that the co-op wants to focus on in upcoming years. We further combined all the ideas and placed them in relevant quadrants on the second board, based on the effort and impact involved while implementing them. We asked the members to move them around the quadrants, depending upon the effort they want to input on those activities and finally, vote on them using colorful sticky dots, based on their importance and relevance. Check out the "What we Heard" document to get an idea of what happened at the virtual session and display boards activity. Does it capture your co-op well? Did we miss anything? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Community Alternatives – Overview: Vision & Challenges session

By |2022-10-19T21:17:56+00:00October 5th, 2022|community alternatives|

Thanks again for inviting us to join your co-op! We had a very engaging, insightful, and interactive session - "Vision & Challenges" on September 29, 2022, where you all got a chance to contribute your ideas about what makes you call, Community Alternatives, your home. We also revisited the memories and experiences of the co-op's pre-pandemic culture and engagement activities. Further, the members were divided into breakout groups to discuss the future state of the co-op and plan out a vision for the next 10 years. The members also discussed the opportunities they have in place, to deal with the challenges and barriers that will come across their way to reach the vision. Here are some excerpts from the session below:         

Your first ARC session is coming up – Vision & Challenges!

By |2022-10-19T21:18:18+00:00September 27th, 2022|community alternatives|

It’s almost time for your first workshop, Vision & Challenges! At this workshop we will be evaluating the core values and vision for the community by understanding the thoughts/ideas and perspectives of members, as to where do they see the co-op in next 10 years. We will also be brainstorming challenges to achieving your vision, and opportunities to address these challenges. Come prepared for an engaging session that will include breakout groups, a variety of facilitation techniques, and dynamic conversations about your community! If you are unable to make it to the workshop please take the time to give your input through either the activities on this website or our dedicated phone line (for phone line instructions see the top of this page). Please save the date Thursday September 29 at 7pm. We hope to see you there!

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