Flo is a highly skilled consultant, trainer, facilitator and community development specialist. She helps groups, organizations and governments get from where they are to where they want to be. Flo has an outstanding background in community development, organizational capacity building, strategic planning, community engagement, human resource development, partnerships, marketing, stakeholder consultations, feasibility studies and evaluation. Her post-secondary education includes degrees and advanced studies in Community Development, Adult Education, Career Management, Business Development and International Marketing. Other accomplishments include: owner/operator of nine successful businesses; author of 29 community-based "self-help” books/how-to guides; and one of Canada’s leading specialists in community development and community engagement. Flo evaluates, designs and teaches courses at both the community and post-secondary levels; she is a fellow at Curtin University and a guest lecturer Griffith University and Charles Darwin University (Australia). She provided training to 27 countries for the United Nations; has been a senior executive in both the federal and provincial governments; served on over twenty boards of directors as Chair /Vice Chair and/or fundraising strategist; founding member of Canada’s National CED network (1500 members); director - local credit union board (9 years); has strong ties to the arts/music/culture sectors; as of November 2012, is the Mayor of Meacham, SK. Flo’s home is Meacham, a small Arts/Agriculture community (pop. 93) in rural Saskatchewan, where she is currently writing a book on Changing Systems - advocacy, leadership and cultural stewardship in community development and another one titled "Belonging, Beliefs and the Capacity to Act”. In her spare time, she is a promoter/coordinator of large/medium sized music events and she tours/ manages recording artists from around the world. She and her partner are shareholders in their local dinner theatre and they own and operate a consulting company, a small AV/recording studio and are founders of the Meacham Museum and Story Telling Centre.