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REGISTER NOW – NORTHERN BC CITIZEN SERIES WEBINAR
February 4, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Nothing About Us Without Us: Practices and Tools to Build Community Engagement and Participation
Engaging community members in the planning and development of healthier communities can be at once the most difficult and most rewarding thing to accomplish. Join us for this session on the promises and perils of community engagement, practical tools, approaches and real-life examples from northern communities.
The Tale of Three Communities:
It wasn’t the best of times but it wasn’t the worst of times either. Three small but fictional communities in Northern BC hosted community engagement events in the fall of 2015. In the first community, hardly anyone came out and the organizers were frustrated and discourage.In the second community, many people showed up but they were in a bad mood and used the event to attack the organizers who were surprised and unprepared. In the third community, the public participation event drew a large and lively crowd, in spite of a huge snow storm the day before. The event was full of laughter and the ideas and commitments were free-flowing. The organizers were encouraged and further work together was proposed. What accounts for such dramatic differences in the hosting of a community engagement or public participation activities?