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Reciprocity & Contribution


The organization acknowledges, values and supports people’s need to contribute to their community and develop mutually beneficial relationships and social roles that leverage their unique strengths and abilities.

The organization seeks formal and informal ways in which people supported can share their gifts and talents.

What does this look like?

The organization supports people to discover their gifts and talents and to find places, spaces and groups within their neighbourhood, community groups or geographic area where they can share and contribute.

Staff help people reciprocate friendly actions and overtures in order to nurture relationships.

Staff actively look for and offer opportunities for people served to play leadership roles within the organization.

The organization has a process to identify and match people supported who have the skills and desire to mentor others, with those that may benefit from mentorship.

Staff are expected, trained and supported to look for opportunities for people to contribute in meaningful ways.

How would you know this is happening? (Evidence)

What you see in systems:

Person Centred Planning and Support Plans document gifts, talents and skills as well as current and desired opportunities to contribute.

Organizational committees, boards and groups include people served on their membership.

What you see in actions:

People act as leaders, mentors and contributors in informal and formal capacities in the organization, their neighbourhoods and community groups. People have opportunities to give back to others in small and large ways.

Staff are aware and engaged in supporting people to contribute on a daily basis.

Resources to support achieving guideline:

Handbook for Inclusive Meetings – NASDDS 

Volunteer Manitoba – (Ideas for contribution and leadership)


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Facilitating Relationships, Connection & Social Capital

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