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RESCUING DEMOCRACY IN THE COMMUNITY SECTOR – CWTAS ANNUAL COMMUNITY FORUM

Do you feel that your organisation has to work to the agenda of your funders?
What’s happened to the ideals your group was set up to serve?
What action can we take to change our mindsets, restore democracy –
and have some fun!

A dynamic and informed panel will lead this year’s forum. Hear from our Jim Diers (USA), Mary-Jane Rivers (Wellington) and Pat Webster (Nelson).

Have your say and enjoy a light lunch provided by CWTAS.


  • Jim Diers – last in Nelson in 2012, Jim has a passion for getting people engaged with their communities and in the decisions that affect their lives. He teaches courses in community organising and development at the University of Washington, serves on the faculty of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute and travels internationally as a speaker.
  • Mary-Jane Rivers – Chair of Inspiring Communities, Mary-Jane has a deep interest in resilient local communities. She has seen the growing number of , local community-led development initiatives in Aotearoa/New Zealand, the impact of many, and the opportunities of stepping outside our ‘sectors’ and creating inclusive communities together.
  • Pat Webster – CWTAS chair. Pat has a background in community and international development and in politics. She recently completed a PhD on marketisation of charitable organisations and will share some insights into the nature of mission drift and the democratic role of our organisations.
  • Time to talk about what’s happening in your organisation…

Solutions and suggestions for ways our community can take ownership and lead development to the benefit of everyone in Nelson-Tasman.

Replaces September Community & Whanau meeting.
Bring any notices as hard copies to take away as there will not be the usual intros.
Koha for room hire, tea & coffee.

CWTAS has served the Nelson community sector for over 25 years.
Its experienced community workers offer support to NGOs, professional development, lobbying, liaison and an overview of the sector.

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Article type: Meetings and events
Start date: September 9, 2015
Start time: 12:00 AM
End Date: September 9, 2015
End Time: 02:00 AM
Venue:Trafalgar Pavillion

Cost: koha

Contact Name: Pat Webster

Contact Email: turkeypat@gmail.com