Lifelong Community Fellow Planning for Action
From Patricia Oh on April 26th, 2021
A well-written action plan includes the excitement of possibilities and practical steps to bring you to your desired goals. Four of Maine’s age-friendly, lifelong community leaders will share hints and tips for developing an action plan that is dynamic and engages the community and partners. Our guides to developing a lifelong community plan for action were:
- Karen Cambell, who has been active in lifelong community development for many years and is currently part of the Bangor Livable Communities team, described how to structure the action planning process and coordinate a team to facilitate timely delivery. Karen reminded us that an action plan should not be a life's work.
- Bob MacIntire, chair of Hallowell All Age-Friendly, discussed how to work with the municipality so that the lifelong community action plan is embedded in municipal planning.
- Anne Schroth talked about developing a regional plan that advances regional goals while also helping the work in individual communities to move forward
- Dyan Walsh, the co-chair of Bangor Livable Communities, focused on ways to keep the action plan real. She shared hints and tips for constantly updating the plan so that it is relevant, keeps partners and the community engaged, and informs the development of a progress report that celebrates the work you are doing in the community.