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    All posts by Preston Pouteaux

    • Stop

      This month marks the first time in my life that I’ve been given the gift of a sabbatical. After fourteen years as a pastor I...

    • Party People

      About five years ago a group of near-strangers in my neighbourhood did something unusual. They blocked off a road, hauled out a barbecue, inflated a...

    • Why We Need Bugs

      My parents drove a big Chrysler Cordoba while I was growing up. I remember after road trips gathering around the front of our car with...

    • Gift Culture

      I love the phrase, “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” We can strategize to make amazing businesses, neighbourhoods and thriving community, but it will only take...

    • Remembering Jean Vanier

      Creating a thriving community requires good people-focused policies, sustainable budgets, and good governance. These are all important and essential. However, what our imaginations  need are...

    • Allowed

      If you could change something about your spouse, what would you change? That’s a dangerous question, isn’t it? Often in the early days of romance...

    • Not Your Grandmother’s Library

      Libraries are a neighbourhood hub of activity where we meet others in our community, find resources, and connect over shared interests and passions. Libraries are...

    • Spent

      Doing good, loving others, sharing your life, and caring deeply is costly work. Sometimes we do not realize how much we’ve expended on others until...

    • Getting Out and Building Up

      We have everything we need to build something amazing here in Chestermere. You were born with curiosity and the ability to create, to mend, to...

    • Plogging

      We can thank the Swedish for Ikea, a culture of afternoon coffee and sweets, and a new neighbourhood movement called, ‘plogging.’ Plogging is a combo...