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OEV COMMUNITY EXCHANGE PROJECT – An Overview

The OEV Community Exchange Project is a tool that will help facilitate connections in the community and further build on the wealth of the skills and assets of the neighbourhood. More details on the project’s goals can be found on the about page.

With this tool, users will be able to easily discover the skills and services offered by neighbours based on their selected categories.

Before Getting Started

Before we get started, there are a few things that need to be addressed.

  • The tool is currently not fully optimized to be used or viewed on any mobile device, so if possible, please use a desktop or laptop computer during this time.
  • The tool utilizes a list of skills and services.  Though we did our best to include as many skill sets as possible, there is plenty of room for new skills and services.  If you have suggestions for more, do not hesitate to let us know.
  • The tool is simply a means to help facilitate connections.  All email/text communication will be made off of the site at your discretion and will not be affiliated with the website. 
  • We will be tweaking and adding functionality as we review feedback and test various areas of the website, so you may sometime notice some things appear differently or see some new options added.

Getting Started – Creating an Account

Let’s get started.  

To create an account, visit http://oevcommunityexchange.ca/ and click “Create New Account”.  Enter as much information as possible - you will be able to edit these details later on, so don’t worry about filling everything out. Just make sure that the required fields marked with an asterisk are filled out.

The most important section here is the “I Can Offer” and “I Am Looking For” section.  Here, you can pick the skills and services you have to offer and are looking for from our predefined list.  They are broken down by categories - if you click the little + sign, the category expands revealing more skills.

Now that you’ve filled out all the information, you can click “Create New Account”.  You will receive an email with instructions on how to create a password.

After Logging In – Home Page

After you’ve successfully logged into your account, you will be brought to your own personalized home page of the site.

Right away, you will see 3 columns: Users you can help, Users that have services for you, and Users you can swap services with.  The columns are self-explanatory - you have been matched with users based on your skill/services selections and the skills that they have posted.  Here, you can choose to “Message Neighbour” and it will bring up a contact form that will send an email directly to that person’s email address, and you will have made your first connection.

Adding A Skill/Service

Now that you've created a profile and selected your categories, you need to add some skills/services so that other neighbours can fi

From there, you can choose if the skill/service is something you are offering, or something you are looking for.  Add a title, description, and what type of exchange you want (money, swap/trade, or free).  Then select some categories (max. 3) that best represents the service or skill.  You can also upload an image.  When you’re done, hit “Save”.  Your skill/service will now start matching with users who are interested in this category, will appear on the skill/services page as well as your profile page, and people will be able to message you if they are interested in your skill/service.

Editing A Skill/Service

To edit your skills and services, visit the "Edit My Skills/Services" page.

Browse All Neighbours

You can browse all neighbours currently registered to the OEV Community Exchange tool by clicking the “Neighbours” page.  From there, you can find all neighbours and can filter down by their wants and offerings.

Editing Your Account

To edit your account information, click “My Profile” in the top right corner.  Then, click the “Edit” button.  From there, you can change information such as your email, password, profile picture, and so on.  You can add a bio and edit your “I Can Offer” and “I Am Looking For” skills and services.

Feedback

We would love to hear any feedback that you may have.  To do so, fill out the feedback form on the feedback page.