Workshop Aims to Create “Collective Impact”
Prince George, B.C.- There’s a special free workshop slated for this evening in Prince George aimed at bringing together those who are dedicated to addressing social needs in the community.
“It’s an opportunity for us to bring stakeholders together and in this case, around the social development pillar of myPG, and just to get information from the community on how we can work on certain ideas and issues collectively” says Mayor Lyn Hall.
The workshop is title “Achieving Large Scale Change Through Collective Impact”. It’s an approach based on the idea that communities are more effective when working together.
The Mayor says the City could be the group that brings the various agencies together in an effort to address local social goals.
The session, which will take place at the Bob Harkins Branch of the Public Library from 7-9 tonight, will be facilitated by Liz Weaver, Vice President of the Tamarack Learning Centre which is dedicated to poverty reduction.
“All of these groups in the community that are aligned to provide housing at some level are all stakeholders” says Mayor Hall ” and the intent is to bring them together and have that conversation about their needs and how can we as a City and City Administration help deliver those needs in our City with their assistance.”
There have been some gains in the community when it comes to seniors housing, most recently with the development of the Riverbend Seniors complex, and Mayor Hall says BC Housing is also working on some affordable housing issues, “I think the end game will be for us to get an understanding as a City operation, what the needs are in the community around housing, whether its affordable, whether it’s market, or seniors, or subsidized. What are the roadblocks, what are the pit falls, what are the good things that are happening, what are the models out there that are working, and how can we as a City help?
He says increasing the housing stock in Prince George is one of the things this Council has been committed to doing “We’ve heard loud and clear from the community, particularly seniors, saying ‘look, there’s a lack of adequate seniors housing in our community’ so therefore we see Riverbend and their construction, but we’re also hearing about non market housing which is affordable how can we increase that stock and how can we work with those agencies, including BC Housing, to provide that stock in our City?”
Bringing the stakeholders together may also help break down the silos “I think we have a number of organizations that do great work, and we’re hoping to bring them into one room and have that discussion around housing.”