Today’s rural communities are continually impacted by forces from the local, regional, provincial, national, and global fronts. To remain future focused there are important choices to be made about facing challenges and accepting opportunities.

Ensuring young adults are well-equipped for roles as leaders and change makers will be essential if we are to ensure future-focused communities able to leverage their assets while responding to issues and challenges that are increasingly fast-paced, interconnected, and complex. 

But what exactly is a Change Maker and what does it take to be one?

Employees, volunteers, elected officials, elders, business owners, or citizens who simply care about their community, need to know what it takes to be a Rural Change Maker. What competencies or skills, knowledge, and attitudes do you need? And, how do you continue to grow and develop as a leader?

In order to understand more about community leadership, this self-assessment tool is intended to help individuals explore and reflect upon their own strengths and areas for growth as a community Change Maker. As you complete the assessment, your objectivity and ongoing reflection will ensure you are able to identify your strengths while addressing areas for growth. 

Your responses will remain confidential although in some instances there may be interest in sharing the collective results of the group in a way that protects the privacy of the individuals who have responded. Assessments will be aggregated for program evaluation. Pre-post results from your individual responses will be shared back with you directly as well for your own learning and reflection.
7 Competencies:
The most successful community leadership teams will be those that reflect members bringing a variety of leadership strengths reflected in the competencies below.

Question Title

1.0 UNDERSTANDING MYSELF AND OTHERS: Respects the value of individual differences.  2.0 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: Can apply a community-led approach to planning. 3.0 BIG PICTURE OR SYSTEMS-THINKING: Considers the broader influence of local and global systems.  4.0 COMMITMENT TO CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT: Contributes to opportunities for learning that facilitate growth and development.  5.0 AGENT OF CHANGE: Ensures an inclusive process that motivates and mobilizes collective action for growth.  6.0 CATALYST FOR CITIZEN RESPONSIBILITY: Encourages shared ownership of community issues and opportunities.  7.0 QUALITY OF LIFE ADVOCACY: Advocates for balance between quality of life and economic development.
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