Community Hubs

What is community?   Sometimes it is hard to describe but, when you experience it you know it.   When we feel connected to others and are a part of something bigger than ourselves,  where you can help and receive support from others.   We all need help sometimes.

What is community?   Sometimes it is hard to describe but, when you experience it you know it.   When we feel connected to others and are a part of something bigger than ourselves,  where you can help and receive support from others.   We all need help sometimes.

 

Every community is different.   Communities are often changing at different rates.   Some new communities have folks moving in but don’t have a place to connect with others.   For some it is a playground and for others it is a dog park.   Some connect with others at a school, seniors centre or daycare.   Yet others connect with a faith group, cultural association or through a sports team.  Regardless of where we meet what we can all agree is that we need connection and one another.   How do we create those opportunities?

 

In new communities that have no public or community space is it possible to build one multi-use space such as a school, library, day care or community league.   What if seniors, cultural or faith groups could access such a space.  It would make better land use by a single building versus several buildings.  It could also mean quicker access by larger community to a community asset.   Over time as the needs of the community change then the use of the space could change such as small education space and larger seniors space.

 

Mature communities have several community assets that are aging and how do we transform them into what the community currently needs.   Perhaps we need to have these conversations in communities as part of the neighbourhood renewal or other process to determine what each community needs.  Then we need to find ways for the community, municipality and province to fund and transform these spaces.   One community might want seniors living and another might want more health facilities.  Perhaps the need is for daycare and/or elder care.   Rather than boarding up old schools and arenas we need to find a way to create more community hubs in the short term.

 

It will take all of us visioning what could be and then working together to make it happen.  I am willing to champion this, are you willing to help?