Community Vitality

For general release

SSG in collaboration with Professor Ann Dale, Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development, and Rob Newell have published their first book under a new publishing arm Fernweh Press.

Community Vitality: From Adaptation to Transformation explores key themes on what makes a community vital, why vitality is important and how vitality helps inspire and guide critical shifts towards thriving, resilient and sustainable communities.

In an era of global climate change, a growing divide between the wealthy and poor, and an overwhelming dependency on digital technology and the Internet, the need for a dialogue on sustainable community planning efforts focused on community vitality has never been stronger.

This book is the first publication from SSG’s Office of Research. The book at $29.95 is available from the CRC Bookstore.
It was made possible by the funding provided by  by the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. We would particularly like to highlight the funding from the Canada Foundation Innovation grant as part of the CRC program.


Editor’s notes

SSG Office of Research

The Office explores new ways of ‘doing research’ and strategic research alliances with other sectors of Canadian society. We are committed to trans-disciplinary collaborative applied research to produce on-the-ground useful knowledge to diverse decision-makers. A key imperative is to continue to discover new ways to enhance social innovation for the take-up of this knowledge and innovative ways of communicating research outcomes. The Office of Research is governed by the same Board of Directors as SSG, and similarly, draws upon its associates to assemble the trans-disciplinary teams necessary to conduct its unique research methods and outcomes. As well, members of the academy are drawn upon to augment these teams whenever other expertise is needed.

About the authors

Ann Dale is a professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University. She held her university’s first Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development 2004-2014 and is a Trudeau Fellow Alumna (2004).
Yuill Herbert is a Director with Sustainability Solutions Group, climate change expert and lives on a farm in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.
Rebecca Foon is a Director with Sustainability Solutions Group, and an internationally renowned Juno award-winning cellist.
Robert Newell is a researcher and instructor at Royal Roads University, a PhD candidate with the Geography Department at the University of Victoria, and an outdoor enthusiast who, on occasion, leads nature walks through parks in Saanich, BC.

Ann Dale, Rebecca Foon, Yuill Herbert, Rob Newell
Fernweh Press
$29.95 + GST
ISBN 978-0-9939803-0-5