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Community Engagement in a Changing Social Landscape
by Winston Tinglin and Donna Joyette

Community Engagement in a Changing Social Landscape reaches deep into the authors’ extensive experience as both observers and practitioners of community engagement. It is further enriched by insights drawn from the diverse experiences of professionals in the field. Critical questions are honestly faced in a refreshing discourse that also highlights promising practices and approaches. These combined features provide both a thought-provoking retrospective and forward-looking commentary, which offer the reader a renewed understanding of community engagement and its exciting possibilities. Professionals, students and volunteers working in the community should find in this book a very useful resource.

Anyone interested in community action that leads to real results should read this. Concepts that are age old and well tested are presented in today’s context with refreshed understandings of their relevance and importance. I am reminded of lyrics from an old social justice folk song: “....You've got to work for it, fight for it, day and night for it. And every generation has got to win it again.” This important “how to” aid will help the next generation of community engagement activists build on the past and move toward the future.” —Frances Lankin , former President and CEO, United Way Toronto Community Engagement in a Changing Social Landscape is a “must have” resource. It provides an insightful and practical look at community engagement practices and on-the-ground methods that help strengthen community development and provide keys for success. The intersection of documented practices, combined with shared experiences in the field, provides a nuanced view of operating principles for effective community engagement in an ever-changing and complex social policy landscape. —Okeima Lawrence, community grants advisor and youth development leader This book neatly addresses the needs of both organizations and organizers, to build long-term and respectful community relationships. The authors clarify the scope, value and pitfalls of community engagement, and for those working actively in the field, draw together the combined learning of seasoned practitioners. Comprehensive, thorough and clear, this book provides a call to action and powerful tools for practical implementation. —D’Arcy Martin, veteran labour educator and community researcher.

Winston Tinglin Lead author, Winston Tinglin, has worked in government and the community sector for many years on a wide range of community engagement initiatives. In Community Engagement in a Changing Social Landscape, he shares many of the insights he gained from this invaluable experience. As Director of Community Engagement at Social Planning Toronto he had a unique front row view of community engagement projects in the Toronto area at a time of significant challenge and social change. Community engagement and community development issues remain areas of great interest to Winston in his current consulting work. Donna Joyette Donna has over 30 years’ experience working with people impacted by poverty, violence, and difference in Canada, the U.S, and the Caribbean. Her insights on community engagement owe much to memorable encounters with people who graciously shared their experiences, aspirations and frustrations as they struggled to create better lives for their families and communities. Her most profound learning has come from those relegated to positions furthest from society’s axis of power. Donna still strives to approach her work from a place of humility, remembering however, “ If you think you are too small to make a difference, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.”


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