Community ‘therapist’ Griffiths coming to Benson

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Benson has two full days scheduled for Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 with economic development and community “therapist” Doug Griffiths.

It is an event that will include the public in a community session planned for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Benson Golf Club.

Griffiths, who is the co-author of the book 13 Ways to Kill Your Community, calls himself a community therapist. He assesses a community’s strengths, weaknesses, misconceptions about itself, untapped potential and the built-in roadblocks it may face in moving forward.

“Strong communities are the foundation upon which prosperous families, businesses and nations are built,” is the stated vision of the 13 Ways community consulting group he helped found.

Griffiths is a former Canadian politician and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Battle River-Wainwright as a Progressive Conservative. He was a candidate for the leadership of the PC Party in the 2011 leadership election.

While serving his third term, Griffiths was the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. He chaired the Standing Committee on Energy and Sustainable Development, Rural Development Strategies Task Force, the Steering Committee for Rural Development, and was vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

The Monitor-News will publish more about Griffith’s goals and schedule while in Benson next week.



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