Community engagement is a core piece of the council's mission and essential for conducting community-based research, supporting community and regional planning processes and bringing people together to address community issues.
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Can't Stay Can't Go: Renters Roundtable
A study completed by us and the Victoria Tenants Action Group, Can’t Stay and Can’t Go: A participatory action research project on rental housing instability in Greater Victoria, brings forward renter voices about lived experiences in today’s housing crisis. Nearly 500 renters participated in the online survey and in-person round tables.
Youth Pathways: Engaging with Youth
In the fall of 2014, we hosted 6 focus groups in different locations across Greater Victoria and talked to 33 individual youth who identified as experiencing or being at-risk of homelessness. We also surveyed 50 youth who gave us important information about the circumstances that led them to where they were. Our team also talked to 7 service providers who work with at-risk, unstably housed, and homeless youth.
Local Waster into Local Jobs: Stakeholder Engagement
In the fall of 2009, 40 participant agencies were selected from the 2009 Capital Region Food Resource Directory on the criteria that they had some form of meal provision program in place. Agency programs were diverse in nature, including food cupboards, community kitchens, meal provision and food banks covering a broad range of focus groups including youth, natives, elderly, families and women.
The survey was completed in October though December 2009, with 20 agencies in the Capital Region and surrounding areas including Sooke, Sidney and Langford.
Food Matters! Forum
Every year, the Food Matters! Forum focuses on something that deepens and broadens our collective work around food in the region. In 2010, the CSPC looked at how we can use social media to connect and coordinate our work as well as utilize it to reach further with our communication efforts. A workshop on social media and how groups around the region was held, as well our keynote speaker at lunch Dr. Gilbert Wilkes challenged us to consider Social Media and our ability to “separate the signal from the noise".
Approximately 85 people attended the Forum, held at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre.