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The following are the eight principles of empowerment:
The six cultural dimensions the mobilizers are trained to use are:
The web site also provides many practical descriptions of how to do things related to empowerment, ranging from gender balance, income generation, functional literacy, community mobilization, enabling environment, participatory appraisal, through planning, project design, management training, proposals, report writing, to applications in various sectors.
The Community Empowerment web site has been up and running on the Internet for ten years. Originally, it was called the Community Management Programme (CMP) as it was a bi-product of the UN-HABITAT CMP in Uganda. Several dozen individuals have contributed to the site. See Contributors. All are members of the association, and any others showing interest may be invited in, too, if they request membership. No dues. No fees. To join our discussion group, click on the Yahoo groups on the Useful Links page, and sign up. Our group name is Community Strengthening.
The Community Empowerment Collective is registered as a "Society" (Non Profit Organization) with the Province of British Columbia, Canada. Its budget is zero.
The Purpose of the Collective is as follows:
(a) To create, develop, produce and distribute training material and guidance aimed at community mobilisers, their trainers and their co-ordinators (managers) which will promote the self reliance, development and strengthening of low income communities, with a focus on least developed countries, and in other low income areas.
The bylaws of the society are those set out in Schedule B to the Society Act.
We first applied for name approval to the British Columbia Registry, and we were approved, but they changed the name. We submitted the name, "Community Empowerment Collective," but they added the word "Society" to that, then approved it.
May 24, Birthday of Queen Victoria, seven of us met at Tim Hortons coffee shop and signed the constitution for applying for registration. The directors resident in Victoria, are: Phil Bartle, Allison Miller, Kwabena Boateng, Jonathan Gentille, Adriana McMullen and David Stott. We added others who are not resident here in Victoria, including María Lourdes Sada, Silke Reichrath and Al Boss, but the local list was needed, with signatures and addresses, for the application process.
The application was submitted to the Registry, and was approved May 30. Our registration number is S-50728. We are now a non profit organization.
Our AGM (Annual General Meeting), was held in Cyberspace, on May Day, 2007. It confirmed the members of the Board, and elected David Stott as Chair, with Phil retaining responsiblity as signing officer.
On our Annual General Meeting of 2010, May 1, the Chair of our Board of Directors rotated from David Stott to Jonathon Gentille. Many thanks, David. Congratulations Jonathon. Voting was unanimous that we retain our annual budget of $0. On our 2011 Annual General Meeting, all decisions and officers remained as before.
Lourdes Sada: Web Designer and Website Administrator
Janita Thomson: Manager of Coordinators
Bergen Amren: Vice President in Charge of External Affairs.