Essential Elements of a Conversation Guide: 1. Contact information 2. Question re: Vision for your neighbourhood 3. Question re :Pastimes or activities you would want to share with neighbourhood 4. Question re: Your Contribution, gifts, skills or experience you would share with your near neighbours of the neighbourhood. Role of the Block Connector or the person intended to use this guide: Block is approximately 20 continuous households (cul-de-sac, building floor) in mind. 1. Point Person 2. Party Person 3. Listener
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The purpose of these conversations is to make our blocks and our neighbourhood an even better place to live. We are doing this by finding out and sharing amongst us each household’s vision for our neighbourhood; the activities and interests that occupy us; and the gifts, abilities and experiences we possess. This form is intended to be a helpful guide to a brief conversation that will hopefully be a part of an enduring conversation and connection. This is NOT a confidential conversation or document! Our Community League’s hope is that the information from this conversation will be shared and used to build the fabric of our neighbourhood through local groups and connections.
House Address: Block: Interviewer:
Name Birth Year Phone E-Mail Member 1* Member 2 Member 3 Member 4+
*Member 1 may answer on behalf of the household looking forward to each answering on their own behalf.
Part One: Vision for the Highlands Community 1. What makes a great neighbourhood? Member 1 Member 2 Member 3 Member 4
2. What else can we do to make The Highlands a great neighbourhood? Member 1 Member 2 Member 3 Member 4
Part Two: Participating Together in Activities and Interests 3. What activities would you like to join in with neighbours? (E.g. oil painting, block party, hockey, biking, skiing, bridge, gardening, choir, baseball, jazz guitar, dog walking, gourmet cooking, bird watching, book club, knitting …) Member 1 Member 2 Member 3 Member 4
4. Do you have interests that you would value sharing with neighbours? (E.g. refugees, sports, urban design, social justice, philosophy, local food, politics, nutrition, animal rescue, art, ecology, music, travel …) Member 1 Member 2 Member 3 Member 4
Part Three: Gifts, Abilities and Experiences to Share 5. Are there activities or interests that you are familiar enough with to lead in, or teach to, a group of neighbours? Member 1 Member 2 Member 3 Member 4
6. Do you have a skill, gift or ability that you would be comfortable using to help neighbours or the neighbourhood? (E.g. snow shoveling, senior care, event volunteer, computers, carpentry, gardening, youth mentoring, hospitality, organizing, any professional skill …) Brief descriptions for an anonymous newsletter posting (E.g. willing to donate time to set up computers for seniors…) Member 1 Member 2 Member 3 Member 4
7. Are there some life experiences that you would consider sharing for the benefit of neighbours? (E.g. international travel and work, recovery, career path, grief, foster or adoptive parenting, health issues …) Brief description for an anonymous newsletter posting Member 1 Member 2 Member 3 Member 4
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