From 2019-2020 a social resilience audit was undertaken to better understand community priorities, resources and responses to a changing environment due to the planned closure of the local coal mine in the Town of Hanna and Special Areas. The transition from coal has attracted a great deal of interest on the economic impacts, particularly compensation to coal-powered plants and affected workers, and this study was undertaken to focus on the social dimensions and resilience at the community level.
In order to assist residents to thrive through this transition, Hanna Learning Centre (HLC) partnered with local community organizations along with two researchers to gather community-specific information to better understand the community’s resilience.
This research study adopted a multi-method approach, including document analysis, literature review, program inventory, online survey with community residents, and interviews and a focus group with service providers, practitioners, and human service professionals. This project worked in collaboration with an Advisory Committee from the Hanna Learning Center to identify community priorities and resources, and what health, social, education and community services and programs contribute to fostering resilience at the community level
Wells, L., Drolet, J. & Lee, L. (2020). Supporting individuals and communities in a changing landscape: A social resilience audit in partnership with Hanna Learning Centre. University of Calgary, AB: Authors.