About Us


Meet the Building Resilient Neighbourhoods steering team:


Stacy BarterStacy Barter is BC Healthy Communities’ Learning and Community Engagement Specialist, and is involved as a facilitator of the Building Resilient Neighbourhoods Project. For over 20 years, Stacy has worked in sustainable community development with a wide range of communities, non-profit organizations, and public sector agencies in Canada and Latin America. Her recent work focuses on building neighbourhood-based engagement, public engagement on climate change and health, community resilience, and collective impact across sectors. Stacy holds a M. Ed. from Simon Fraser University, specializing in Adult Education, community development, and organizational learning.




michelle Fall 2007 037smallMichelle Colussi has focused primarily on community and organizational development over the last 30 years of her practice. She brings strong social justice values and a belief in the power of communities and non-profits to get organized and affect positive change. Her training, coaching and facilitation skills have supported non-profit planning, social enterprise development and community engagement activities including various multi-stakeholder initiatives. She was a team-lead in the development of the Community Resilience Manual that has been adapted around the world, and has trained facilitators for its use in the Government of Botswana’s poverty reduction strategy. Michelle was Canada’s first Transition Town trainer and a co-founder of Transition Victoria. She is currently one of several collective impact trainers working with Innoweave and BC Healthy Communities in BC.



Rob Wipond

Rob Wipond has been a professional freelance writer and community issues journalist for over 20 years. He has in recent years been working in a volunteer capacity with the Building Resilient Neighbourhoods project, and also helped found the Legacy Housing Land Trust Society and the Community Social Planning Council’s Community Investment Fund.






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