Staying True, Staying the Course

Lessons from 10 Successful Community Service Organizations In British Columbia, 1997–2008

Michael Clague
Principal Investigator and Writer
in collaboration with
Leslie Kemp and Juliet Huntly

It is not sufficient for a voluntary community service organization to merely survive the vagaries of funding or the turbulence of constantly changing social conditions. The challenge is not only to survive, but to do so with the organization’s integrity intact. In doing so it is able to demonstrate it is making a qualitative difference in the lives of the people and community it serves.

This study tells the stories of 10 such organizations in British Columbia over a ten year period. It is based on interviews with board, staff, volunteers, clients and funders. These interviews produced the dominant themes which form the 14 chapters.

It has been prepared as a resource manual for all who are engaged in similar work.

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BUILDING LOCAL AND GLOBAL DEMOCRACY presents unique case studies, topical analysis and reflections on engaging citizens in building local and global democracy. It explores the relationships between local and global initiatives in enhancing citizen engagement and participatory democracy, within the framework of globalization and an increased emphasis on security.

The publication is the result of a learning circles series initiated by the Carold Institute in 2004 bringing together academics, civil society and education practitioners from Canada, the US and Brazil.

Case Studies

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This symposium, organized by the Carold Institute, was an exploration of the democratic worldview that social movements are pursuing, and their strategies for local and global citizenship.

Background Papers

Cover Voluntary Action and Organization in CanadaVoluntary Action and Organization in Canada :
The Last Decade and Beyond

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Report of the 1999 Clare Clark Memorial Symposium on “Voluntary Action and Organization in Canada : The Last Decade and Beyond”, co-sponsored by the Carold Institute and the George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology.

Only available in English.