(Golden, BC) Non profit organization leaders and supporters from Sparwood to Golden flocked to StepUp BC's Community Engagement on March 12, 2014 at The Golden Civic Centre.
StepUp BC is focused on attracting, retaining and developing people in the non profit sector and attendees had a chance to get a sneak peak of some of the new resources available intended to strengthen human resource (HR) support in non profit organizations and the sector.
Local resident, Ryan Watmough, has been volunteering in this important work as a member of the advisory committees since 2011 through Golden Community Resources Society's Community Coordination project. The BC Non Profit Sector Labour Market Partnership project (LMPP), which started as the Government Non Profit Initiative (GNPI) and know known as StepUp BC, is the culmination of 5 years of hard work on the part of non profit leaders and $4.5M in government support. Mr. Watmough's local support and the unique issues found in small, rural BC communities, helped to bring this community engagement event to Golden.
The StepUp BC staff of Heather Hay, Jen Stuart & Denise McLean Ph.D., presented a sampling of the soon-to-be-available HR resources in the morning session. Staff and volunteers then had a chance to talk about the resources and opportunities over a free networking lunch.
The afternoon session was presented by Steve Patty Ph.D., and covered the impact of our people management practices. This practical and entertaining session, called Art & Practice of Evaluating Impact, explored program evaluation methods.
The all-day event provided a solid professional development and networking opportunity for local non profit staff and volunteers and foreshadowed many more exciting things in the works from StepUp BC, including online portal and toll-free non profit organization HR support hotline.
For more information on StepUp BC, please visit the website, stepupbc.ca.
(Golden, BC) Golden has taken a significant step towards supporting seniors.
On March 6, a group of 12 volunteers accepted the call and met to help craft the Town of Golden's Age Friendly Community Plan (AFCP). The Town of Golden (with the administrative support of the College of the Rockies) have secured a 2013 grant from the Seniors' Housing and Support Initiative (SHSI) to complete an Age Friendly Community Plan.
The SHSI was created by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development to assist local governments to prepare for an aging population. The Ministry of Health supported the initiative by providing funds to incorporate a focus on age friendly projects.
Age friendly communities are communities where older people can live active, socially engaged lives through polices, services and structures designed to support them. The AFCP will look at existing and desired programs and services so that Golden can:
• Recognize the wide range of capacities and resources among older people
• Anticipate and respond flexibly to aging-related needs and preferences
• Respect decisions and lifestyle choices
• Protect those who are most vulnerable
• Promote inclusion and contribution in all areas of community life
This is an exciting opportunity to participate in community planning which will include 1 hour meeting every 2 weeks until the end of spring, when Golden's Age Friendly Community Plan (AFCP) will be published and implemented. (To learn more about Age Friendly Community Planning, "Finding the Right Fit: Age-Friendly Community Planning" is a great resource from Ontario.)
If you could not make the 1st meeting, but want to participate on the Task Force (or know someone else who does) or would like to receive a Needs Assessment (survey), please contact Ryan Watmough at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250.344.8610.
To learn more, please see the resources on the AFCP page on GoldenLoom.ca.
Golden Community Resources Society strives to capture and share knowledge that will help non profits serve their communities more efficiently.