Lisa Helps, Executive Director Community Lending, Victoria City CouncillorExecutive Director, Community Micro Lending
Victoria City Council

Session Title:
 Community Engagement

Extract: Lisa and Mike Russell will discuss the use of social media for community engagement. Speaking from their experience, they’ll explain how they each bring a human face and a genuine voice to social media that can cut through the din. They will highlight the ways in which they both use social media connect people with each other online and offline and to bring about change in the community. The panel will feature stories from Mike and Lisa’s experience in the community online and offline. And it will be a lot of fun!

About the speaker:

Lisa spends much of her time working in the community on place-based solutions to global and national challenges, and to increasing citizen engagement. She is a founder and currently the Executive Director of the Victoria Community Micro Lending Society ( which helps to build  a vibrant local economy, foster sustainable business, reduce local poverty, and empower people. She also facilitates strategic planning and visioning sessions for organizations and small groups. Lisa was on the the Board of Directors of Victoria’s Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group (Fernwood NRG) when the Society purchased and restored the Cornerstone building, built affordable housing units, and opened the Cornerstone Café as an enterprising non-profit venture. She is thrilled to be working for Community Micro Lending and is excited about the prospect of “changing everything.” Finally, Lisa was elected to Victoria City Council in November and is happy to be helping build a city where citizens lead.

Connect with the speaker:

Lisa Helps on FacebookConnect With Lisa Helps on TwitterCommunity Microlending on FacebookConnect With Community Microlending on Twitter