About the Author
Brenda Herchmer has a diverse background gained in a variety of government, education, business, and voluntary sector settings. A writer, educator, consultant, and project manager, her primary work has involved organizational and community transformation and the change process, training, and leadership it requires. She has specialized in leadership development, adaptive planning, and recreation and community development. She is the owner of Grassroots Enterprises and the Campus for Communities of the Future (a social enterprise/micro college).
Brenda is an avid writer of both mainstream and academic material, a weekly newspaper columnist for 7+ years (Welland Tribune, Niagara Falls Review), and a regular blogger.
She is the author of three books: Leadership for Active, Creative, and Engaged Communities; A Planning Toolkit for Community Leaders; and Community Building for the Recreation Practitioner. 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.
Previously she has worked for Alberta Recreation and Parks Association, Niagara College, the City of Niagara Falls, and Brock University. While at Niagara College she founded and then managed the Niagara Centre for Community Leadership which was acknowledged by College and Institutes Canada (formerly ACCC) as an “exemplary practice in community development” and was a finalist for the Peter F. Drucker Voluntary Sector Innovation Award. Brenda was named the 2016 Brock University Distinguished Graduate Award for the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and in 2017 was inducted as an Honourary Member, Golden Key International Honour Society.
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.Posted on 01-01-13