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Creating Rural Connections

Through Networking

The Alberta Rural Development Network presents...

...One event you need to attend.

What is ARDN One?

One place, One people, One province. It was the One opportunity to learn about community development efforts in rural Alberta. It was the One event where you can network with others focused on helping rural Alberta thrive and share your community’s stories. It was the One day you didn’tt want to miss! After all, the power to shape our collective future comes from working as One. Click here to hear a short (2:17) interivew with Dee Ann Benard.

We launched the ARDN One Blog on October 7! The new platform was inspired by this event - take a look!


When: Monday, October 7, 2013
           Registration 12:30 pm
           Event from 1 pm until 7 pm

Where: Executive Royal Inn, Leduc AB


Charting Our Course
When deciding on what direction to steer an organization, it’s important to look behind as well as ahead. This presentation will discuss ARDN’s past, present, and future. What did we accomplish with funding from Rural Alberta Development Fund and what issues and projects will we work on now?  With Dee Ann Benard, Executive Director of ARDN.Click here to view the presentation.

Environmental Management in Rural Alberta
This talk will center on the benefits and challenges of establishing an environmental management plan in Central Alberta and the friendships you make along the way. We will examine the importance of taking the time to plan the project before jumping in head-first and the effectiveness of continuous engagement and evaluation. With Blayne West, Environmental Coordinator of Lacombe County

Rural Transportation – What’s the Big Idea?
As rural transportation disappeared in rural Alberta during the last couple of decades, organizations in many communities turned to finding their own alternative solutions. The result is an assortment of vehicles such as handivans, mini-buses and the like which often tend to be underused and/or misunderstood, and leave rural residents without the means of getting around. As a concept, Battle River Bus® identifies existing rural transportation assets in the Battle River region with a view to linking them in a project for region-wide transportation. With Jane Ross, President of the Alberta Association for Lifewide Living

Regional and Rural Access to Justice
Did you know there is a shortage of lawyers in rural Alberta? During this presentation you’ll learn why the shortage is coming, what it means, and how we can help. Specifically, it will describe an initiative being pursued by ARDN, the Law Society of Alberta, the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, and the Faculties of Law of the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary to enhance the availability of legal services for Albertans who live outside the major urban centres of Edmonton and Calgary.  The project is looking at how we can encourage law students and recent law graduates to pursue opportunities to practice law in smaller communities in Alberta. With Philip Bryden, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta

Communicating in Rural Alberta - Deaf Albertans and Technology
Deaf Albertans face a number of challenges communicating with the hearing world.  In rural Alberta, this is even more pronounced. But technology can have a huge impact. Learn how a unique partnership formed and how we are working to make communicating for rural deaf Albertans a little easier. With Don McCarthy, President of the Alberta Association of the Deaf.


There was ample time for networking during the evening reception which will also featuring the lovely piano stylings of Matt Day.

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Thank you to the organizations who have contributed to make ARDN One possible!






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