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CRRF E-Newsletter
February 2014
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Mark Your Calendars for 2014 Fall Conference!

The CRRF rural conference is heading west for 2014! The conference will take place in Prince George, British Columbia from 25-27 September 2014. The conference will be co-hosted with the Community Development Institute at the University of Northern British Columbia. 

Watch the CRRF website for more details regarding the conference. 

Recent Report: Which Way from Here?

This is the final report resulting from a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Planning Grant. This final report describes the development of health care provider navigation competencies when caring for older persons with advanced disease and their families living in rural communities. Aligned with the palliative approach put forth by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA), the competencies are cross-disciplinary and for generalist health care providers. They are necessary to help rural seniors and their family caregivers find the services and resources they need while remaining in their own communities. The development of these navigation competencies thus seeks to contribute to the peace and comfort of palliative patients at the end of life. 

This report includes a discussion paper which consists of a scientific literature review, an overview of the Delphi study employed in the development of navigation competencies, and a final competencies and skills profile for health care navigators for older adults at the end of life in rural communities. These three sections build upon one another.

A copy this report can be found at

Submitted by  Devin Kay 
(Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities)

Rural Philanthropy and Regional Development 

The crossroads between philanthropy and regional development is an interesting concept for researchers in the Atlantic region. Since 2012 researchers at Memorial University have been examining how philanthropy, through community foundations, can help build resilient communities. Since the inception of Canada’s first community foundation in 1921, nearly 50% of the 190 community foundations across the country are dedicated to help strengthen rural communities. Two projects are currently underway to enhance the understanding the crossroads of philanthropy and regional development in Atlantic Canada. 

Further Information about the projects and outputs can be found at

Submitted by Joshua Barrett 

(Memorial University)

Recent Rural News and Publications

Canadian Community-Based Research Centre report (Community Development Institute)

Do you have a report, publication, or news story that would be of interest to CRRF members? If so, please send the details to for inclusion in an upcoming e-newsletter. 

Become a Member of CRRF Today! 

Now in its third decade, CRRF is a proven rural resource, dedicated to active collaboration, undertaking, facilitating and advocating research for the ongoing development of Canada’s rural communities and environments. As an informal, volunteer run organization dedicated to the welfare of rural Canada it provides a host of benefits to an expanding membership. CRRF offers both a one-year membership ($30) and a five-year membership ($100). Membership runs from January – December. 

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Upcoming Rural Events

March 3-5, 2014 in Camrose, Alberta

March 10-14, 2014 in Regina, Saskatchewan

March 30 - April 1, 2014 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

April 8, 2014 in Kingston, Ontario

24-27 April 2014 in Haliburton Highlands, Ontario 

April 30 - May 2, 2014 in Rockland, Ontario

May 9-10, 2014 in Brandon, Manitoba

May 9, 2014 in Grand Prairie, Alberta

July 30 – August 3, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana Hosted by the Rural Sociological Society 

15-16 October 2014 in Albury, Australia Hosted by the Australian Regional Development Conference 

Building Communities: New Approaches to Governance, Resilience, and Culture as Resources 17-19 September 2015 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island Hosted by the North Atlantic Forum

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