Maple Ridge: Tuning into a Compassionate Community

Compassion TreeThe Asante Centre was awarded a community grant by the District of Maple Ridge in 2013 to help the community develop capacity to possibly become an internationally designated "Compassionate City"! 

Several Canadian cities including London, Ontario, and Parksville and Powell River, British Columbia, have already signed the Compassionate City Charter.  The Charter for Compassion is facilitated by the Compassionate Action Network International (CANI), a worldwide network whose goal is to advance the Charter and the spirit and practice of the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."  The work is done in diverse ways through various sectors of society - businesses, educational institutions, organizations and religious associations across the world - to create and establish cultures of compassion locally and globally.  

Although compassion can be “defined,” the principle and practice of compassion are not necessarily commonly understood.  The “Tuning into a Compassionate Community” project seeks to help individuals living and/or working in Maple Ridge to come to a common understanding of compassion, come up with ways that we can all act more compassionately, identify local champions to facilitate future Charter for Compassion work, and find local stories of Most Significant Change to promote community development.

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