Human Development Council
Organization profile published 1981
Publisher: human Development Council, St. John, Canada
Year Published: 1981
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX2252
Abstract: The St. John Human Development Council is an effort at social planning and coordination that is non-governmental and broadly based in the community. A primary stated goal is to maximize community involvement in planning with regard to the allocation of resources and service delivery. Specific goals have been suggested through a community based process. The goals are wide ranging with respect to the physical, economic and political environment with respect to the various systems - health, justice, religious, etc. - have been suggested such as diversifying the city's industrial base to compete with the Irving monopoly, offering either jail or rehabilitation to alcohol offenders, better lighting for city streets or strengthening the "family". The structures of cooperation have been developing over the past few years. The city-wide Human Development Council, representing the political, business, church and social service leadership is in place. There are also four local community based councils, each with a community based councils, each with a community service centre. The hope is to organize neighbourhood resource boards which would include representation from each city block. These "grass roots" boards are to ensure community participation at a more substantial level. Community organizers have recently been hired to develop the neighbourhood organizations however, to date it has been the established community leadership who have directed the effort.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1981.