2013 Sheridan CiViC Project

    Sheridan CiViC Project- 2013 CiViC Project Application 
    August 5-9, 2013 at Sheridan College’s Learn Out Doors Location Spear-O Wigwam

    Leadership + Assets = Community Economic Advantage

    The Center for a Vital Community’s flagship program, the Sheridan CiViC Project, is designed to energize community economies by helping citizens capitalize on community assets. Relying on Blandin Foundation coaches, this leadership program is designed to build teams that reflect the diversity of the community in which we live and to deepen understanding of community dynamics and strengthen skills for initiating and managing change.

    Leaders link people and assets. Leaders create climates that engage the community around issues and values, encourage creativity, and stretch the imagination to create a future beyond the limits of what is expected. It is entrepreneurial work: leaders define realities, establish vision, set goals, generate action and measure progress.

    The Framework

    This internationally recognized program is centered on three core competencies:
    1. Framing opportunities and challenges that lead to effective action;
    2. Building social capital for collaboration and resource sharing; and
    3. Mobilizing a critical mass of resources to achieve specific outcomes.

    This program uses highly experiential learning techniques that allow participants to apply them to their own community settings. These skills include:

    • Communication that fosters understanding, efficiency and cooperation.
    • Conflict management.
    • Networking that brings together people, ideas and solutions.
    • Stakeholders analysis.
    • Individual leadership development planning.

    The Audience

    The program is designed for community teams that reflect the diversity of their community – established and emerging leaders from many walks of life, including educators, business owners, elected officials, executives, healthcare professionals, clergy and retirees.


    Recruitment efforts focus on individuals who are:
    • Actively involved or seeking to become actively involved in community life.
    • Willing to engage others in ongoing efforts to develop and sustain healthy community.
    • Credible and open minded.
    • Connected to diverse sectors of the community.
    • Risk takers and problem solvers (the entrepreneurial minded).
    • Passionate and driven to identify and mobilize community assets.
    • Committed to working collaboratively to promote community economic viability and assure that the benefits are widely shared.

    Retreat and Workshops

    The Sheridan CiViC Project is a residential retreat that involves eight days of training: a five-day residential retreat, a two-day residential workshop, and a one-day workshop all spread out over the course of a year. The 2009 Sheridan CiViC Project five-day residential retreat took place May 18-22, while workshop I was on September 18 and 19. The final workshop II and graduation took place Jan. 15th, 2010. The initial workshop was held in the Sheridan College Watt Ag Center and a reception followed at the Sheridan Senior Center.

    On May 12th and 13th 2011, the CVC  gathered all 3 graduating classes at Eatons’ Ranch to harness their energy.

    2009 Delegates

    Amy Albrecht, Denise Canfield, Christi Haswell, Liz Howell, Chris Jones, Erin Kilbride, Cathi Kindt, Jessica Lindsley, Anne Nickerson, Kati Sherwood, Wendy Smith, Myrlene Wallander, Nic Bateson, Brock Boedecker, Brent Caldwell,  Matt Ebzery, Rob Forister, Arik Jacobson, Kurt Layher, Robert Leibrich, Mark Reid, Leon Schatz, Tom Ringley, TJ Tavegie