PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST
Dear Citizen or CV community organization;
We are writing to invite you to show your support for the Comox Valley Social Planning Society (CVSPS) by becoming a member of our organization. There are no membership fees and we welcome anyone interested in the community to become a member. If you are already a member thank you for your support!
In 1989 a Comox Valley Family Life Conference on Human Services was held at the Kingfisher Inn. As a result of that conference a Mayor’s Committee on Social Planning was established in Courtenay. Over the next five years the Mayor’s Committee hosted forums on Public Participation in Community Planning, Youth Violence, and participated in Official Community Plan Processes.
These efforts led to the Comox Valley Social Planning Society being incorporated in BC on June 21, 1996 with a mission to promote social planning as a process for developing a healthy community in the Comox Valley. Since then the CVSPS has been operating with a network of elected officials, organizations and individuals.
In 2000 CVSPS successfully hosted a Community Development Institute that brought groups together from all over the island to discuss and strategize around topics related to social planning in local communities.
In 2002 CVSPS secured funding and hired staff for the first “Quality of Life” report in the Comox Valley. Subsequent reports were released in 2004, 2009, and 2014. In 2116 and 2018 we partnered with the Comox Valley Community Foundation and the United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island to produce a Vital Signs Report – https://cvcfoundation.org/vital-signs/
One of the meeting formats used in the early years and still in practice today is the Brown Bag Lunch. The Brown Bag Lunch has evolved to an annual gathering of agencies involved in social services in the Valley who discuss current issues, challenges, and opportunities.
In 2017, 2018 and 2019 we engaged in the provincial Living Wage for Families Campaign and calculated a Living Wage for the Comox Valley – https://cvsocialplanning.ca/2019/05/16/comox-valley-living-wage In fall 2019 we plan to launch a campaign to encourage local employers to become Living Wage Employers.
Look at our Action Plan – https://cvsocialplanning.ca/action-plan/that is updated annually. We meet bi-monthly (September, November, January, March and May) except over the summer months between 11:30AM and 1:30PM in the meeting room at the Courtenay Library.
We invite you to read the attached member letter that outlines what your commitment would be and sign on as either an individual or an organization. You can send the completed member letter to Bunny Shannon (email below) or you can go to https://cvsocialplanning.ca/join-the-cvsps/ and fill in our online form.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at 250 335 2003 or email@example.com.
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CVSPS Membership Application Form