“Getting the Most from Collaboration” is the topic for the April 19 quarterly workshop offered by Citizens4Community (C4C) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sisters Fire Hall Community Room.

Steve Greenwood, the workshop instructor with 35 years of experience, is the faculty leader for Portland State University’s graduate certificate program in Collaborative Governance, as well as director of Training and Academic Services for the National Policy Consensus Center at PSU. He is the former director of Oregon Solutions and has taught collaborative skills at conferences and seminars nationally and internationally.

Like C4C, he is participating in a statewide Ford Family Foundation initiative aimed at building stronger, more connected and resilient communities. Greenwood is a graduate of the School of Community Service and Public Affairs at the University of Oregon, and received his Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

In 1991, he received a Fullbright fellowship to help the government of Portugal with its solid-waste policy. In 2007, he earned the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Oregon’s Planning, Public Policy, and Management Program.

“We really appreciate the work of presenter Steve Greenwood, and we’re excited to have someone with his expertise and background leading this upcoming workshop. Attendees typically would pay a lot more for this kind, length, and caliber of course, but because of Steve’s generosity and that of some key sponsors, we’ve been able to keep the costs quite low, so we expect a strong response,” said C4C representative Amy Burgstahler.

This workshop is part of a C4C ongoing leadership and community-building series designed to cultivate a more engaged and enabled community of local leaders and connectors. It comes on the heels of C4C’s January 30 event on building facilitation skills.

“Existing and aspiring community leaders had the chance to hone their skills for facilitating projects and meetings,” Burgstahler said.

Workshop attendees will learn Greenwood’s concepts and skills that can be applied to a broad range of situations — including civic projects, policy-making, business and workplace, and even family dynamics. After learning collaborative principles and elements of process, participants will try hands-on skill-building and gain collaborative tools to make working with others more rewarding.

Grants awarded to C4C by St. Charles Health System and Deschutes County are helping to bring this local learning opportunity to the Sisters Country community at a reduced rate of $30 per person. Ray’s Food Place and Sisters Coffee Company will again provide food and beverages.

Seating is limited and advance registration is required online via the C4C website, www.citizens4

community.com. A few discounted scholarships will be available. Registration and payment should be done by April 10.