Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) : weaving Alberta’s social fabric

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Issue Date
2013-11-14
Authors
Cameron, C. Scott
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social capital
community development
Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)
trust
social cohesion
inclusion
collective action
cooperation
groups
networks
information and communication
Abstract
The Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) program is a provincial/municipal partnership that serves over 99% of Alberta’s population through a network of community and regional programs (FCSSAA, 2013). This network of community programs and services connects Albertans, their families and their communities through a series of relationships that exist among citizens, volunteers and voluntary organizations, and government staff and elected officials in a manner akin to pieces of fabric connected to make a quilt. The quilt is a metaphor to describe social fabric – a term that, from time to time, has been used to explain the complex relationships and connections among people, organizations and communities. This project uses the theoretical framework of social capital to explain characteristics that may be commonly accepted as social fabric – in particular, the dimensions of social capital as outlined by the World Bank. In video format, I use the characteristics of social capital and FCSS examples to examine the past and current influence that Family and Community Support Services has on Alberta’s social fabric.
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