Community Development Workshops

The Tri-Municipal Region Community Development Committee strives to offer informative and educational workshops to residents, and community/non-profit groups in the region. These programs are offered throughout the Tri-Municipal Region and are hosted in partnership with the City of Spruce Grove, Town of Stony Plain, and Parkland County. 

If you have a topic or theme you would like to see brought to your community in a workshop format, please email us.

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Location: Border Paving Athletic Centre
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Program Description: With grants becoming more competitive and difficult to attain, we want you to gain knowledge on the best ways to get funding.

This practical, activities-based workshop is aimed to teach skills, tips and tricks to help individuals and organizations successfully apply for grants. By exploring each section of the proposal, participants will enhance their grant writing skills and gain new tools and resources to achieve success in their future grant writing endeavours.

What does this mean for a Non-Profit organization?
Thinking of adding an administrator, registrar or Executive Director (ED) to your organization? Participants will be lead through a specific grant proposal (Community Initiatives  Program (CIP)) seeking funding to increase capacity of their organization.  The group will also spend some time looking at the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP).

Topics included:
• Approaching and developing relationships with grantmakers prior to applying
• Planning programs & budgets to demonstrate intent towards developing a sustainable program
• Preparing information and materials typically required in grant applications
• Tracking and following-up grant applications after they are submitted
• The power of storytelling in grant writing

Who should attend?
Board members, Executive Directors, volunteers, professionals and individuals looking to gain new skills in grant administration. No prior experience or knowledge is required.

The workshop will be facilitated by a dynamic and passionate communications & public relations strategist, Stephanie Gillis-Paulgaard (Take Roots Consulting).  Stephanie has over 20 years of experience in communications, public relations and marketing with private, public and non-profit organizations.

Participants are encouraged to bring a grant (either in process, or from a previous project) or granting opportunity to work on, with the goal of providing concrete ideas, skills and content for those same grants.

Instructor: Stephanie Gillis-Paulgaard 

Stephanie Gillis-Paulgaard

When you first meet Stephanie, it’s no surprise that she was drawn to a career in communications; she’s a charismatic conversationalist, energetic spirit and has a palpable passion for whatever she chooses to dive into. While she has called Edmonton home for more than 20 years now, she is a proud native of Cape Breton, and credits her east coast roots with shaping her into who she is today.

Throughout the past almost 20 years, her tenacity has allowed her career to blossom from communications newbie to experienced entrepreneur. Whether it’s strategic communications counsel, corporate reputation management, public affairs or media relations strategy, Stephanie has seen it all. She’s worked within the Hospitality, Life Sciences and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) sectors for both public and private companies.

Her diverse background, mixed with her creativity and passion, provide clients with the insight needed to effectively tackle project objectives.

Stephanie’s zeal is not exclusive to communications – health & fitness, culinary adventures, and travel are all near-and-dear to her heart. She relishes any opportunity to volunteer in her community and actively seeks out opportunities to bring awareness to local initiatives.


WE ARE HERE TO HELP - Upcoming Session Topics
November 14: Resumes & Cover Letters (16+)
November 21: Internet Privacy
November 28: Grant Connect Workshop

Ages 18+
Wednesdays - Border Paving Athletic Center (BPAC)
Sept. 28-Nov. 28 6:30-8:30 PM
Drop-In - Free of Charge
In Partnership w/ the City of Spruce Grove Recreation Services & Spruce Grove Library

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and refund requests must be received 14 days prior to the workshop. Written notification can be sent to, or dropped off in person at the Recreation Services Office. Following written cancellation notice, the full registration fee will be refunded. Failure to provide the required 14 day notice will result in the City retaining the entire registration fee.