ON BEHALF OF THE CCEDNet BOARD, we say thanks to you, our members, for 15 years of meaningful community engagement across Canada and internationally. As our 15th anniversary blog series revealed, there have been many changes since CCEDNet was founded 15 years ago. But the need for local leaders to connect, learn from each other and be part of a shared movement is as strong as ever. Together, we have evolved and adapted to changing times, and reinforced each other’s efforts to build sustainable and inclusive communities.
CCEDNet’s expanding use of technology demonstrates leadership in communicating the diverse activities of our members, in connecting people to the right resources, and in cultivating policy dialogues that are firmly rooted in community needs and priorities.
We extend special acknowledgement to two individuals who made huge contributions to shape the field of CED practice and our organization’s role in mobilizing the movement: Caroline Lachance, who retired from the CCEDNet Board after 12 years and Brendan Reimer, Manitoba Regional Director who moved to a new role with Assiniboine Credit Union. We are grateful for their dedication and leadership, and that both continue as active members providing their guidance to the staff and Board.
Thanks to Executive Director Mike Toye for his tireless efforts in leading the CCEDNet staff team, for collaborating with emerging partners, and for supporting the Board’s strategic priorities. Thanks also to the dedicated staff and the many members whose active engagement keeps CCEDNet on course. As we sail ahead on the winds of change, we look forward to regional and national gatherings to maintain the personal connections that underlie your important work.
– Diana Jedig,