Citizens building community, community building citizens.
In 2016, the Our High River (OHR) community group launched of a new mobile app to encourage town involvement and enhance community capacity in the Town of High River, Alberta, Canada. High River was severely affected by the Southern Alberta floods of 2013.
“Our team is striving to promote the town as a leader in community development,” said Our High River representative Caitland Asmundson.
The OHR app is a smartphone-based communication system that will provide updates on town events, community projects, and critical information for specific and dispersed groups. OHR is aiming to support resilience in both everyday and emergency situations by better equipping its volunteer members.
The OHR app was put to good use during an innovative Mystery on Mainstreet scavenger hunt launch in downtown High River. The event was facilitated by Field Innovation Team (FIT), the organization behind 2015’s popular mock-disaster meteorite strike workshop.
This innovation was made possible by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), through the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP). BCIP is an initiative to promote Canada’s economic growth and to bolster innovation in Canada’s business sector. PWGSC in agreement with the app developer, RallyEngine, have been working together to make a community engagement piece available for the residents of High River, tailoring it for the community’s needs, and encouraging community prosperity all while working alongside OHR.
Here is the official October 24, 2016 media release from the Town of High River.