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Jul 4 2016 - 5:00pm

Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN BC) is a collaborative approach to building on the capacities of rural, remote and Northern British Columbian communities. The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is proud to partner with government and non-government organizations to provide and facilitate workshops to promote community learning and collaboration in rural and northern communities.

Action Guides

How can local governments support social connectedness in communities?

Listen to the recording of the PlanH Social Connectedness webinar and find a list of related resources here.

 

Publications

Highlights what has been learned about strengthening cohesion and capacity of neighbourhoods to respond to climate, resource, and economic challenges in the future.
– Transition Victoria, Smart Planning for Communities, Community Social Planning Council and The Canadian Centre for Community Renewal

Videos

  • Al Etmanski is a community organizer, social entrepreneur, author, and founding partner of Social Innovation Generation (SiG) and BC Partners for Social Impact. This keynote address was recorded at the 2016 Vancouver Island Region Healthy Communities Forum. Director: David Procyshyn

  • Colin Basran of Kelowna on the new partnership between his city, Interior Health Authority and University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus.  These organizations have signed a Healthy Communities partnership with the City of Kelowna and all community members look forward to seeing the positive impact this collaboration will have on the health and general quality of life of Kelowna's residents. 

  • Mayor Josie Osborne of Tofino enthuses about the Coastal Family Resource Coalition:  a "virtual and real network and hub of people who are involved in all aspects of community, healthy living and personal health, with a special focus on children, youth and families."  This inspiring coalition draws on the expertise and experience of many different community members and is a powerful collaboration for community change.  This interview was recorded at the 2015 UBCM Convention.
     

  • In this video recorded at the 2015 UBCM Convention, Jessie Hemphill of Port Hardy celebrates the success of many different ministries, organizations, and community members collaborating with local government to discuss health issues within the community.  Results have included transit in the north island, a holistic addictions service plan, and many more incredible community projects.

  • In this video recorded at the 2015 UBCM Convention, Michelle Staples of the Duncan City Council reflects on the city's partnership with House of Friendship and Community Kitchens to create a communal cob oven in a downtown park.  The project was collaboratively built and is a hub for community events as well as a connection to food security conversations.

  • Barbara Desjardins, Mayor of Esquimalt collaborated with youth in her community.  A group of youth came forward to suggest that there were gaps in youth programming and worked with Esquimalt and the United Way to develop a plan to create an arts centre to serve youth in the community.  This interview was recorded at the 2015 UBCM Convention.

  • In this interview recorded at the 2015 UBCM Convention, Jeremy Loveday of the Victoria City Council enthuses about the diverse community partners involved in Victoria's new Housing Affordability Tax Force.

  • Karen Skadsheim, a City Councillor in Powell River celebrates a collaboration with the Powell River Cycling Association that led to new bike paths and increased safety for cyclists in Powell River.  This interview was recorded at the 2015 UBCM Convention.

  • Louise Richmond of Salmon Arm City Council explains an amazing new project to bring art to their local trail network.  The art can be enjoyed by city residents using the trails and will ultimately become a photo book to be shared more widely.  This video was filmed at the 2015 UBCM Convention.

  • In this interview recorded at the 2015 UBCM convention, Sharon Gaetz, Mayor of Chilliwack celebrates her social issues committee with 36 members of different community groups and their success in efforts to "cheer each other on rather than build silos in our communities."