Spring is upon us at last, and by all accounts, this winter has ranged from nasty to really nasty. But then, what would it mean to be Canadian if we didn’t have winter to complain about, from coast to coast to coast?
Nothing to complain about in this issue, as we present:
FEATURES: President Bruce Gilbert looks at the state of Open Government; it’s time to submit your entry for the 2017 IAP2 Canada Core Values Awards; our new Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Anita Wasiuta, tells us about making volunteering a rewarding experience; and we’ll also meet one IAP2 Canada member who’s literally been “taking it to the streets”.
Open Government and the Emergence of Open Dialogue
The term Open Government means different things to different people. Its meaning has also evolved over time. Initially, particularly in the 1980s when the push for what would become Freedom of Information legislation was gaining strength across western democracies, the term was used as a type of synonym for government transparency and accountability.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: Become an IAP2 Canada Board Member!
People have been asking lately, how to join the IAP2 Canada Board. Nominations will open in April, elections, if necessary, will be in May and new Board members will be welcomed at the Annual General Meeting in June. More details will be coming soon!
CORE VALUES AWARDS: ON YOUR MARK ... GET SET ... APPLY!
2016 Core Values Award Winners
As a P2 practitioner you work hard to ensure that you are developing and delivering great public participation processes. Have you been a part of a P2 project that involved innovation, breaking new ground and/or engaging previously unreached sectors? Have you worked with Indigenous communities and/or devoted your time and talents for the greater good? The time is NOW to give others the opportunity to give you a pat on the back, and apply for the 2017 IAP2 Core Values Awards.
There are four Project Categories:
Extending the Practice through Collaboration, Creativity and Innovation in the Field
P2 for the Greater Good and
Respect for Diversity and Inclusiveness
There are also three National Award Categories:
Project of the Year, selected from the four Project Category winners, above,
Organization of the Year and
Research Project of the Year.
The three National Award winners will go on to compete for IAP2 Federation Core Values Awards against winning projects from other Affiliates.
Applications are being taken now through May 10, so visit the Core Values Awards webpage and download the Applicant’s Kit. The winners will be recognized at the Core Values Awards Gala, to be held in conjunction with the 2017 IAP2 North American Conference, Sept. 6-8, in Denver.
Need inspiration? Learn about past IAP2 Canada Core Values Award winners from 2016, 2015 and 2014. Read about winners from around the world in the IAP2 Federation’s annual Core Values Awards Showcase.
Volunteer Engagement: Making the experience rewarding
One of our goals at IAP2 Canada is to provide all volunteers with an experience that is meaningful, rewarding, inspiring and educational.
In 2016, a roadmap was developed to help us get there, and Anita Wasiuta, a long time IAP2 member, was hired as the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator (VEC) to implement the new program. We’ve already seen the program’s benefits, with the smooth and reliable support given at the 2016 IAP2 North American Conference last fall in Montréal.
The framework for volunteer engagement is a phased approach and supports IAP2 Canada’s strategic direction. The VEC begins by working with the project leader to develop the workforce planning—to understand the roles, hours, and skills needed for the position. The next step is to attract volunteers and focus on skills, experience, and training for the position. Once the volunteer is in the position, the project lead becomes the main contact until the wrap-up stage, when Anita holds a debriefing with the volunteer.
The process-driven approach empowers volunteers to move from project leaders to project and people leaders, and to further advance their skills while volunteering in a supportive environment.
MEET A MEMBER: Pauline Lambton project manager at Institut du Nouveau Monde, formerly with Acertys (now Hill + Knowlton).
I have always been interested in seeing people become active in their communities and take ownership of their own neighbourhoods. Whether it’s developing a local walkability plan, looking at new ideas on urban agriculture or re-imagining the area around a Metro station, seeing citizens take part in those changes makes a city come alive.
Webinar Rewind– Core Values Award winners – Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture
Two small communities – one First Nations, the other “non” – share a 4 km2 island off Vancouver Island. For decades, they lived side-by-side, but separately. The decline in the commercial fishery in the 1980s and the global economic collapse twenty years later created a desperate situation for what had been an economic hub for Northern Vancouver Island. The Village of Alert Bay and the ‘Namgis First Nation decided to work together to create an economic development plan. The result, “Tides of Change”, earned the two communities and EcoPlan International the first-ever IAP2 Canada Core Values Award for Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture.
Educators in Saint Paul, Minnesota, found that the demands of the 21st Century meant a change in approach to schooling. They decided to shift from an “expert-based”, “sit-and-get” model to one that involved teachers, students, parents and administrators as equal stakeholders. That model for engagement extended to the Facilities Master Plan, in which learning environments, many of which were built a century ago, were upgraded for today’s needs.
The March webinar has an extraordinary aspect to it: a chief administrative officer (from Alert Bay) and the director of facilities (from Saint Paul Public Schools), discussing their work in P2 terms. IAP2 Canada members may watch the webinar here.
Webinar On Deck – Core Values Award winners: “P2 for the Greater Good” and “Creativity and Innovation”
Tuesday, April 11
2pm Eastern | 11am Pacific
A lot of us find ourselves asking, “What will happen if I can no longer take care of myself or make my own decisions?” The number of options, decisions and considerations can be overwhelming, and the Advance Health Care Project set up by Vancouver Coastal Health Authority’s “CEAN” – Community Engagement Advisory Network – is designed to help people through that. Professional counsellors volunteer their time to work with people to determine their health care choices for later in life – while they’re still able to make such decisions. On Tuesday, April 11 (2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific), our IAP2 Learning Webinar will hear about how CEAN earned the Core Values Award for P2 for the Greater Good.
Rehabilitating San Francisco’s Van Ness Corridor – formerly the Grand Boulevard in the City by the Bay, but which had fallen into disrepair in the past few decades – is a big job to begin with, and that meant that the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (“Muni”) had to find innovative ways of reaching out to the people affected by the changes – before the changes happened. In our April 11 webinar, Muni’s Lulu Feliciano (left, receiving the Core Values Award in Montréal) will share how they earned the IAP2 USA Award for Creativity and Innovation.
From the Peterborough Examiner: a guest column comparing the state of P2 in Peterborough with the way they’re doing it in London, Ont. The London approach was featured in our September 2014 Learning Webinar on “Innovative Engagement”.