About the Author

Brenda Herchmer is the owner of Grassroots Enterprises, a community development consulting company. Additionally she is the Principal Collaborator of a social enterprise called Campus for Communities where information about her webinars can be found.  Brenda Herchmer has a diverse background gained in a variety of government, business, and community settings. Her primary work has involved community building and comprehensive community transformation and the change process and leadership it requires. Technology has always played a significant role in her endeavours. She specializes in community development,strategic planning, and community leadership, recently serving as the Director of Alberta Recreation and Parks Association’s ground-breaking,$6 million ACE Communities a provincial initiative that has resulted in a methodology and resources for sustainable community change and growth.

Previously Brenda taught full time within the Community Services Division at Niagara College. While at Niagara College she founded and then managed the Niagara Centre for Community Leadership. The Centre was acknowledged by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges as an “exemplary practice in community development” and was a finalist for the prestigious national Peter F. Drucker Innovation Award.

Previously she has worked for the City of Niagara Falls, Brock University, and the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club.

Brenda is an avid writer and blogger and was a weekly columnist with the Welland Tribune for the seven years. She is the author of three books: Creating Communities: A Handbook for Recreation Practitioners, A Planning Toolkit for Community Leaders, and Leadership for Active, Creative, and Engaged Communities.

Brenda was a recipient of the District 60 Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Award and was acknowledged as a YWCA Woman of Distinction in Training and Education.

While Brenda’s experience is diverse, there is a common thread throughout - as a community builder she is committed to, and believes in, the importance and strength of our communities.

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