She cited the Equal Grounds Community Gardens, which supports a network of community gardens, and the project to create a food forest in Parson’s Park in Eagle Place as two examples of ABCD, where citizens work alongside each other to help one another.
“The assets are individuals, associations, agencies, spaces and community,” Burke explained. “All those things come together and collaborate to further enhance and build capacity in the community.”
Pandemic restrictions have resulted in most of the Belonging Brant groups meeting virtually, but organizers hope to move some of the meeting outdoors, while observing social distancing precautions.
One such group called A Place To Be is a partnership of Belonging Brant, the Brantford Public Library and Laurier’s Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
“It’s a community drop-in space that is meeting virtually for the time being,” said Belonging Brant supervisor Taylor Berzins. “We chat about a theme, and share stories. We’re planning to have some outdoor games, coffee and snacks. It’s a place to hang out, be together and build community.”
Other groups that already have formed include an Indigenous book club, podcasts, a grief circle, walking club and a game group that meets weekly to play social interactive games.
“Because we’re having to do things a little differently, our goal was 10 groups in year one,” Burke noted. “I think we’re more than halfway there.”
Some of the symposium events require registration in advance, while others will be streamed online.
For more information, follow ABCD Brant on Facebook or e-mail Berzins at: firstname.lastname@example.org