The Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) is a non-partisan, charitable organization with a focus on accessibility, community development, income security and social planning. This link takes you to their Social Inclusion Toolkits and Manuals.
A variety of research papers and tested resources can be found on this website covering topics from resource towns in transition to rural age friendly needs assessments, communication strategies and youth/seniors inclusion resources.
- University of Northern BC, Community Development Institute
Taylor Bachrach, Mayor of Smithers, speaks to the importance of measuring indicators of success that are meaningful to healthy communities, such as crime rates and air quality. The Town of Smithers have been working in collaboration with Northern Health to measure these community indicators. This interview was recorded at the 2015 UBCM Convention.
In this video recorded at the 2015 UBCM Convention, Laurie Dolan of Fort Nelson reflects on an inspirational BCHC workshop she attended that sparked a process of asset mapping and building on successful projects.
The Office of the Premier has just announced a new $75-million fund designed to help rural communities. The funding is available for communities whose population is under 25 000 people and can be accessed for community capacity building, workforce development, community and economic development and business sector development.
Jane’s Walks are walking conversations about neighbourhoods and how people use cities. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their communities, and connect with neighbours. Anyone can lead a walk because everyone is an expert on the places they live, work and play. In 2015, Jane's Walk took place across 6 continents, 36 countries, 189 cities, and in the form of over 1000 walks. Mayors from throughout Metro Vancouver challenged their constituents to participate in a Jane's Walk.