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  • All posts by Preston Pouteaux

    • Deregulating Neighbourliness

      There is a growing movement called, “Little Free Libraries.” It is a simple idea, really. The intention is to set up a small decorated box...

    • Belonging

      In 2014 the village of Delburne, Alberta, crafted a beautiful project to try and capture the heart of their community. Almost half of the 830...

    • Changing Chestermere

      Who are the big change-makers we hear about most? Trump or Clinton, Trudeau or Ambrose, Notley, Jean, or Kenney? They all want to bring change....

    • Making A Big Deal

      There are particular Canadian neighbourhoods which exude extra character and charm. From the quaint main street of Niagara on the Lake in Ontario, to the...

    • Welcome Home

      On Monday I got a note that there were some swarming bees in the Kinniburgh area; twenty thousand bees were looking for a home. These...

    • The Way of Trust

      You would think that living in a lake community like Chestermere would have hardened me up somehow to that initial shock of cold that slaps...

    • In the Heart

      Matters of the heart cannot be changed by legislation, medication, or even incarceration. No bylaw, wealth, government, or contract can make a person’s heart softer,...

    • A History of Getting Along with Your Neighbour

      From the very beginning when humans lived near one another, they have had to contend with the ups and downs of being neighbourly. The earliest...

    • The Neighbourhood Manifesto

      Creating an amazing city or neighbourhood is less about a silver bullet solution and more about rediscovering a lost art. A neighbourhood manifesto helps us...

    • #mightyneighbourly

      Mighty Neighbourly has played an important role in Chestermere over the past few years. Coordinated by local community members, Mighty Neighbourly began as a simple...