The Social Development Strategy for Nanaimo was commissioned in response to a number of significant social issues which threaten our high quality of life in Nanaimo. It is being coordinated by a Social Development Strategy Steering Committee, with the assistance of John Talbot & Associates Inc. As a first phase of the work, the steering committee developed a Social Status Report (May 2003), which tracked 50 indicators and answered the question: “Where are we now from a social perspective?”
The next phase of the work and the focus of this strategy is to answer two related questions: “Where do we want to go?” and “How do we get there?” To this end, the steering committee has developed a community consultation process to define a social vision for Nanaimo, goals to achieve that vision and strategies to achieve those goals.
As part of this community consultation process, the steering committee has developed a discussion paper to raise awareness about social Issues in general and to generate dialogue and input regarding possible future directions in particular.
This discussion paper incorporates background and demographic information, as well as opportunities for and challenges facing children and families, youth and young adults, adults, and seniors. It also incorporates a draft vision statement and profile information for each of the above population groups.
To introduce the discussion paper, the steering committee held two community symposiums. The first was held at Dover Bay Secondary School and the second at John Barsby Community School. Both symposiums included panel and small group discussions.
If you were unable to attend, the steering committee encourages you to complete and return the discussion paper. The deadline to complete the discussion paper is Friday, March 12, 2004 and return information is contained on page 25 of the discussion paper.
With your input, the steering committee is confident that it can develop a strategy which will have a positive and long-lasting impact on Nanaimo; improving the livability and quality of life for all community members.
To view or download a copy of the discussion paper, please click here.
To view or download a copy of the notice and proposed agenda, please click here.
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