Published and Distributed in Ontario by School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph.

Inquiries regarding requests to re-print all, or part, of this publication should be addressed to:

Dr. Wayne Caldwell
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON
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Project Director: Wayne Caldwell
Contributing Authors: Jennifer Ball, Arthur Churchyard, Sara Holzman, Jackie Mercer, Katie Temple, Charlie Toman, and Bronwynne Wilton
Graphic Design: Jackie Mercer and Arthur Churchyard

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We gratefully acknowledge the funding provided by the Community Adjustment Fund (Industry Canada) and by the University of Guelph/Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs partnership agreement that make this project possible.

The ideas and examples in this guide come from the experience and insights of many community leaders. Clearly these individuals make a difference in their communities. We hope that others can learn from their experience. Our sincere thanks to these practitioners who gave so freely of their time.



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