Wednesday, December 11, 2013

BCHC Newsletter | December 2013


Save the Date!

Webinar for Applicants: Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grants for Local Governments

We’re looking forward to meeting online with local governments interested in applying for a Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grant in this upcoming webinar on Thursday, January 23 from 10 am to 11 am. We’ll provide detailed information about the grants and guidance on the application process.

Registration for the webinar will open in January. Contact us for more information about the grants, and subscribe to PlanH to be notified when webinar registration opens.

New Tools & Resources for the District of Mission

We’ve been been working the District of Mission and the Mission Seniors Centre Association to develop tools and resources for the Mission Seniors Activity Centre. Collaborating with board members and volunteers, we developed a policies and procedures handbook, a guide to local services, and various tools to support volunteer management and organizational development.

Please contact us to learn more about how we can support your organization.

Comox Valley Local Governments Host Municipal Alcohol Policy Event

We visited the Comox Valley this fall to facilitate a ‘lunch and learn’ session for local community groups and non-profit organizations. The event brought together over 30 organizations from the area to talk about special occasion licenses, liability issues, and training for servers at events involving liquor.

The event was part of a collaborative effort to develop a Municipal Alcohol Policy (MAP) for the area, involving the Comox Valley Regional District, the Town of Comox, the City of Courtenay, and the Village of Cumberland.

Municipal Alcohol Policies provide clear regulations and guidelines about the management of alcohol on local government property. MAPs can reduce liability, and increase community safety, health, and well-being.

BC Healthy Communities Society and the Ministry of Health are supporting local governments to develop municipal alcohol policies. If your community is interested in developing a Municipal Alcohol Policy, please contact Krissi Spinoza at 250 952 9177.

Introducing Erica Crawford, new BCHC Program Manager 

Erica is a community and regional planner specializing in resilience and adaptation strategies. A skilled facilitator and process designer, Erica applies a systems perspective on local and regional
planning issues to craft effective engagement processes aimed at building capacity and the readiness to take action. She has worked closely with local governments, the agriculture sector, community organizations and other stakeholder groups to enhance collective capacity for decision-making in contexts characterized by complexity and uncertainty. We’re delighted to welcome Erica to the team!

Read Erica’s full bio here.

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