About the Author
A passionate community builder, Brenda Herchmer has a diverse background gained in a variety of government, education, business, and community sector settings. A writer, educator, consultant, coach and project manager, she has focused on enhancing the ability of seasoned and aspiring leaders to work collectively to address complex community issues with transformative change. She has specialized in community leadership, adaptive planning, community development, and organizational capacity building. She is the owner of Grassroots Enterprises and the Campus for Communities of the Future (a social enterprise/micro college) where she delivers online community leadership training and certification.
Brenda is an avid writer of both mainstream and academic material, a former 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 Niagara College, Alberta Recreation and Parks Association, 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 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 SocietyPosted on 06-13-19