Working in a rural setting provides a unique opportunity for community partnership, support and collaboration. However, it can be challenging with it’s lack of resources, services and potential for burnout. Dr. Dave Manley works and lives his life in the tiny, isolated community of Consul, in the SW corner of the Province of Saskatchewan. He will be sharing what it is like to do work and ministry in a rural setting, sharing wisdom and ideas from his neck of the prairies.
This session will explore:
- The rural mindset;
- The rural context;
- Working with the government in a rural setting;
- Volunteers; and
Instructor: Dave Manley
Dave works and lives his life in the tiny, isolated community of Consul, in the SW corner of the Province of Saskatchewan. He likes to tell people that Consul is centrally located; 5 hrs from Calgary, 5 hrs from Saskatoon and 5 hrs from Great Falls, Montana. He is a career pastor, presently serving for the past twenty–two years at the Church of God in Consul. Dave has a number of roles in his community. Volunteer firefighter, ambulance attendant and emergency medical responder, critical incident stress debriefing, board of directors and founder of Living Hope Ranch (helping at risk teenage girls facing life controlling issues). Seven years ago, Dave and his wife Vicki built a bakery in the tiny town, as an experiment in community development. The bakery has since added a restaurant, and today boasts as having the best burgers and cinnamon buns in the world! Dave likes rural life, wood fired pizza, grandchildren and humans!