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Community 101 meeting Dec. 16

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

David Sheffield

David Sheffield


What started as a Green Wood Coalition initiative of professional development for community members has grown into a "goal to help each other become better neighbours," says Coalition spokesperson David Sheffield.


Community 101 does include Green Wood members, but also members of the public and professionals from other like agencies, he said in an interview Wednesday evening.

Public members from the Port Hope area are not even necessarily volunteers but just interested in how Green Wood Coalition operates and the "high value it puts on relationship development" as a way to change things, he said.

The monthly meetings of Community 101 involve speakers and activities that have "become a forum for discussions around becoming better neighbours," Sheffield said.

The first four-part series began this past spring looking at, among other matters, healing through art and the state of homelessness in the area.

After a summer hiatus, the November meeting focused on self care, with a therapist who worked on the streets in Toronto, returned to school and now counsels people about the outcome of early trauma as it relates to addictions and other life-altering issues, Sheffield said. She discussed the need for those dealing compassionately with others in need to learn how to be compassionate toward themselves, Sheffield said.

The Dec. 16 meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at St. John's Hall at 30 Pine St. N. in Port Hope, following the regular community dinner taking place at 6 p.m.

The public is welcome, he said.

Rick Webster of Peterborough, a spoken word poet and spiritual leader, will address the theme of "taking care of each other during the dark times." There will be the opportunity to share strategies and ideas in small groups and in general discussion, he said. Because of the time of the year, there will also be a significant amount of music.

For more information telephone 905-269-7610.