Kerri Lynn Wall, Royal Roads University

Honorable mention, Student Essay Award, 2006

Title: Parent Community Developers: Stories of Success from Parkgate Community Services Society

This participatory action research asked: "How can the insights of the Parent Community Developers Program stakeholders be used to promote continued success of the PCD Program?" The study was conducted with Parkgate Community Services, a nonprofit organization in North Vancouver. The unique PCD Program brings resource to families at risk by employing mothers to build community and share parenting information. As a result of this research, the strengths and assets of the PCD Program are recognizable and exploitable. Participants in this action research were the PCDs and others connected with the Program. Data was collected in learning circles, and analyzed with a qualitative, phenomenological perspective. The study recommends that an individualized evaluation framework be created for the PCD Program that measures social capital.