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Wednesday, June 17 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Resilience In Rural SettIngs - Debbie Brennick, Heather Sansom

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Resilience in Rural Settings:

Abstract #72
An Asset-based Project to Enhance Community Wellness in a Rural Setting
Presenter: Debbie Brennick Co - Presenters: Claudette Taylor, Willena Nemeth
The “Asset Headquarters” project was an intergenerational community-based initiative in four rural towns in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  The initiative was grounded on the foundation of developmental assets with a goal to enhance capacity of youth by providing physical and human resources in four local communities. The project was intended to enhance, rather than duplicate, good work already being done in local communities.  Natural asset builders with an interest in capacity building in youth were sought to form intergenerational teams in each of the four communities.  The teams consisted of youth and adults with facilitators familiar with the asset development philosophy.  The teams met weekly and created goals and outcomes they wanted to achieve e.g. community garden, creative art displayed in the community.  Over a period of six months the teams worked toward reaching their goals.  Some teams remain together today and feedback from both adults and youth have been extremely positive.

Abstract #243
Sport For Resilience: Fostering Rural Youth Resilience Through Participation In Non-Therapy Equine-Based Activity
Presenter: Heather Sansom Co - Presenters: Harry Cummings, Leah Levac
Rural communities in Canada are changing. These changes include widening socioeconomic gaps amongst community members, and degraded infrastructure. Normative adversity associated with youth transition to adulthood is magnified in rural areas, where community-level changes are creating ecological conditions that can adversely affect youth. This leads to need for youth programming that is pro-actively inclusive of resilience needs.


Debbie Brennick

I am an Assistant Professor teaching in the BScN program at Cape Breton University. Prior to teaching I worked as a registered nurse in critical care nursing and quality management. My research focus relates to asset development and building capacity in youth. I have been involved in many initiatives enhancing the capacity of youth. In addition, as a method to help build capacity in nursing students I have developed a simulation experience for... Read More →
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Heather Sansom

PhD Student, University of Guelph
Heather Sansom is a PhD student in Rural Studies at the University of Guelph, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. Her doctoral work focuses on the intersections between rural wellbeing issues and rural recreation, sport-for-development, animal/nature based experiential learning, and resilience. She will be collecting data on the lived experience of protective factors for resilience among youth participants in positive youth... Read More →


Harry Cummings

Harry Cummings, Phd., Professor, University of Guelph and Director Harry Cummings and Associates. Harry has taught evaluation at the University of Guelph for 35 years. He is author of the CES short course on program logic models. He has practised international development and evaluation since 1982 and recently has done evaluation work for UNICEF Indonesia, World Vision Sierra Leone and the Canadian Red Cross. He is a frequent presenter at both... Read More →

Leah Levac

Assistant Professor at University of Guelph | Leah Levac is an Assistant Professor in Community Engaged Scholarship in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph. She has experience leading community-university research collaborations, professional background in nature-based out

Willena Nemeth

Assistant Professor at Cape Breton University | Willena is an Assistant Professor, Nursing at Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia. Her primary area of research is focused on building capacity in individuals specifically nursing students, new graduate nurses. Willena has collaborated on a number of projects related to asset development and building capacity in youth.

Claudette Taylor

Associate Professor at Cape Breton University | Claudette is an Associate Professor teaching in the Nursing program at Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia. Her PhD focused on the influence of cancer on sleep. A secondary area of interest is related to building capacity in youth. Claudette has collaborated on a number of initiatives to build capacity of individuals and communities.

Wednesday June 17, 2015 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Classroom 3 A&A Lower Floor, King's College

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