Between the Bridges is developing a vision and action plan to “Break the Cycle” that has negatively impacted too many residents of Dartmouth North, for too many generations. The neighbourhoods involved, with a population of approximately 12,000 residents, are located between the MacDonald and MacKay bridges in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and a part of Halifax Regional Municipality.
This ambitious mandate will tackle complex population issues through long-term systems change by using a Collective Impact approach. In order to be successful we must bring to the SAME table people with a diversity of knowledge, experience, resources and organizational cultures who in turn can together identify and act upon new solutions to long-term issues.
Between the Bridges takes a stand on identifying and recruiting the “right eyes” to gather around the issues, including the equitable engagement of people with lived experience to work alongside professionals from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Additionally, the approach commits us to creating processes that support residents and cross-sectoral leaders in coming together in new ways and create and/or strengthen relationships of trust and respect. Between the Bridges will also support the ongoing development and capacity building of resident leadership for meaningful involvement in their community.