Executive Director of United Way East Kootenay. Treasurer of Cranbrook Social Planning Society and member of Poverty Reduction Committee.
About My City: Cranbrook
Cranbrook is a thriving community with a proud 109 year history and an exciting future. Nestled in a broad open valley located between the Rocky Mountains to the east and the older Purcell Mountains to the west, Cranbrook is surrounded by world class scenery, recreation and wildlife. Mild winters and warm sunny summers characterize our beautiful mountain environment.
The 18th largest city in BC with a population of almost 20,000 people, our community is home to the Canadian Rockies International Airport, the East Kootenay Regional Hospital, the College of the Rockies, the 600 seat Key City Theatre, the Western Financial Place recreational complex which is home to the Western Hockey League’s Kootenay Ice and a spectacular and growing summer Farmer’s Market.
Located on Highway 3, BC’s southern Trans-Canada highway and on the Canadian Pacific Railway line, Cranbrook is the hub for business and for retail shopping for the East Kootenay region, boasting a total population of 56,702.
About My Organization: United Way East Kootenay
The Community Social Planning Society of Cranbrook and Area has been in existence since May 7th, 2008 with a MISSION to improve the living circumstances of all citizens through social planning initiatives, collaborative engagement, and strategic action and a VISION of a healthy, caring and inclusive community through collaborative strategic action, resulting in a stronger community. Social planning is the development of plans and strategies in the areas of education, public health, and social services to facilitate proactive planning for positive social change in the community.
What does the society do? ~ raise awareness of the social sector and its goals to the entire community ~ increase awareness of social issues in the broader community ~ support and strengthen the social sector programs and employees ~ improve navigation of the social sector ~ coordinate training and capacity building opportunities ~ conduct research around community and social issues and opportunities ~ developed and maintains Cranbrook Clicks an online resource site & supports Cranbrook Thrives luncheons which offers opportunities for service agencies and community to meet, learn and share.
My Collaborative: Poverty Reduction Committee
This committee of the Society has been meeting for five years to identify poverty issues in our community, developing strategies and actions to alleviate issues with most often limited resources.