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Michelle has worked as a consultant in the field of Community and Economic Development in Canada for over 20 years, working with multiple First Nations and community organizations. She excels at organization and community assessment, engagement and planning, and brings strong training and facilitation skills to all her work. She led the community engagement and testing for Canada’s first Community Resilience Manual (2000), working with multi-stakeholder groups to support community wide resilience assessment and planning and became Canada’s first Transition Town trainer in 2009, co-founding Building Resilient Neighbourhoods in Victoria.
In 2013 she became one of BC’s first Collective Impact trainers and coaches and has supported complex systems change initiatives in mental health, the forest sector and among regional food system stakeholders. Her evaluation work includes a national Social Enterprise initiative, The Development Wheel: Building Community Wealth, evaluation of the BC Better at Home program, and various developmental evaluation roles for both organizations and collectives in BC. She is passionate about the power of organizations and citizens to collaborate, learn and influence sustainable changes in the places they live.
Collective Impact, Developmental Evaluation, Social Enterprise
Capital Region Food and Agriculture Roundtable Initiative, Cridge Centre for the Family, Greater Victoria Literacy Alliance, Seeds of Change Surrey, North Shore Table Matters
City of Port Alberni, Western Forest Products, Teslin Tlinghit Council, Enterprising Non-Profits BC, Government of Botswana, Victoria Community Foundation, Cowichan Airshed Roundtable, various Transition Town groups across Canada, Transition US, CanAssist and TeenWork, City of Victoria, WorkLink, Alberni Valley Literacy Society