Tara Selinger

Tara Selinger

2023 Innovative Leadership Award - Calgary

Social Worker – City of Calgary

Community Hubs Initiative

Nominator Comments:

Tara is always looking for ways to create warm welcoming spaces and programming for the Bob Bahan Hub. Tara has taken on the challenge of single-handedly leading the Bob Bahan Hub Site in the Greater Forest Lawn Community and risen to the task time and time again. Not one for the spotlight, Tara has used her role to support and champion her Community Connector and other resident leaders to bring programs and projects into the neighbourhood. She’s been the catalyzer for several large-scale Indigenous-focus events, from hide preparation to mural installation. Her approach to leadership is one that sees the opportunities to enable and empower others, rather than standing alone.

On any given day, Tara might split her time between supporting residents in getting access to basic needs and planning large-scale community events. Residents know her as “Tara from the pool,” an indicator of trust and reliability within the community. Her leadership and work at Bob Bahan has strengthened the connectedness of the community and challenged the conception of what it means to be a resident of Greater Forest Lawn. Being able to respond to resident needs and desires and deliver on them is a unique challenge for Tara. She goes beyond this by creating programing and projects that have staying power. That are representative of residents and bring the community together.

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