Community Social Services Project Overview


Please also see Action Plans and Final Reports for completed projects.


Ensure On?going Implementation of the Community Transition Toolkit
December 2009 - present

The Community Transition Toolkit is available and useful on an on?going basis in the region. The Toolkit was developed as an electronic database in 2011 and updated annually, both electronically and manually


(COMPLETED) Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Project
January 2012 – October 2012

The purpose of the project is to determine the impact of the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living service delivery model on: a) Keeping seniors healthy and in their homes, and b) Identifying whether this non-medical service delivery model is appropriate for northern and rural areas (specifically Northern BC)

Attraction and Retention Strategy

  • Recommendation 4: Further identify and develop the services and amenities required to attract and retain young people, seniors, skilled workers, professionals and others.
    • Identify and develop amenities needed to retain youths and seniors.

Community Social Services and Supports Strategy:

  • Recommendation #1: Strengthen social service delivery in the region.
    • Support community level volunteer programs
  • Recommendation #2: Establish responsive and flexible provincial and federal social service programs that meet rural, urban and First Nations priority needs.
    • Establish transportation services to ensure that the social services that are only available in the larger centres are accessible to residents of the small and First Nations communities.

Download the Project Overview - Click Here (PDF 299Kb)

FINAL Report Submitted by the United Way of Northern BC - Click Here


Mentor Me: A Youth Networking Initiative – Years 1-3
January 2012 – October 2014

Through a mentoring relationship, youth 30 years of age and under were connected with experienced community members who shared their networks and industry knowledge. The objective was to facilitate the sharing of networks and resources between community leaders and youth.

Attraction and Retention Strategy

  • Recommendation 3: Provide assistance to the region’s young people to access training, obtain jobs and facilitate growth in self-employment opportunities.
  • Community Social Services and Support Strategy
  • Recommendation 3: Enable youth to obtain local education and employment services that will allow them to fully participate in the region’s economy.

Download the Project Overview for Year One - Click Here

FINAL Report submitted by UWNBC for Year One - Click Here

Download the Project Overview for Year Two- Click Here (PDF 209Kb)

FINAL Report submitted by UWNBC for Year Two - Click Here

Download the Project Overview for Year Three-Click Here (600Kb)

FINAL Report Mentor Me Program Results Summary to Date - Click Here


(COMPLETED) Nechako Valley Post-Secondary Education Committee Project
February 2012 – February 2013

The goal of this project was to develop a plan to expand post-secondary education access and to ensure suitable facilities and infrastructure in order to better meet the education and skill development needs of individuals and the workforce in the Nechako Valley. The plan was completed and submitted to the Province and approved by College of New Caledonia’s’ Board of Governors in 2014, but not implemented in the end.

Attraction and Retention Strategy

  • Recommendation 3: Enable the region’s young people and other residents to access training, obtain jobs and facilitate self-employment opportunities
    • Provide more diverse training opportunities through the local colleges and UNBC to meet the identified training and skills needs.

Community Social Services and Supports Strategy

  • Recommendation 3: Enable youth and adults to obtain local education and employment services that will allow them to fully participate in the region’s economy
    • Ensure that secondary, post-secondary education and training programs are well connected with present and future employer needs including; Develop and implement a plan which brings together information on job skill and training needs for the region, and; Increase the relevance of education offerings by linking to local opportunities and to knowledgeable members of the community.

Download the Project Overview - Click Here (PDF 123Kb)

FINAL Report Submitted by the District of Vanderhoof - Click Here


(COMPLETED) The Robson Valley Region Marketing Initiative
June 2012 – August 2014

The goal of the Robson Valley Marketing Initiative was to market the Robson Valley, leveraging the branding which has been created, in order to facilitate full economic development potential for the area.

Tourism Strategy

  • Recommendation 3: Increase awareness of the nature and value of, and the opportunities associated with, tourism in the region.
  • Recommendation 4: Increase tourism by using the region’s features and attractions to a full advantage.

Attraction and Retention

  • Recommendations 1: Continue to diversify and strengthen the region’s economy
  • Recommendations 2: Market the region’s considerable assets which make it a desirable place to live, work, play and invest
  • Recommendations 4: Further identify and develop the services and amenities required to attract and retain young people, seniors, skilled workers, professionals and others.

Download the Project Overview - Click Here (PDF 123Kb)

FINAL Report Submitted by the Regional District of Fraser Fort George - Click Here


(COMPLETED) Regional Digital Image Bank
July 2012 – June 2013

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako developed a regional Digital Media Image Bank (Image Bank). The Image Bank included still photos and video footage and highlighted the region's features and attractions with the goal of increasing tourism, marketing the region and attracting individuals to work, live, play and invest in the area.

Attraction and Retention

  • Recommendation 2: Market the region’s considerable assets which make it a desirable place to live, work, play and invest

Download the Project Overview - Click Here (PDF 132Kb)

FINAL Report Submitted by the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako - Click Here


(COMPLETED) Development & Marketing of Village Walks & Mountain Trails in and around McBride.
February 2013 – July 2014

The purpose of this project was to develop, upgrade and promote a cluster of all-year, all-inclusive trails and village walks to attract a greater number of multi-generational visitors to McBride and area.

Attraction & Retention Strategy

  • Objective 1: Diversify the region’s economy and support good employment and self-employment opportunities;
  • Objective 2: Retain and attract the skilled workers and professionals needed by business, government, and service providers;
  • Objective 4: Develop synergistic and cooperative opportunities for attraction and retention across all communities in the region;

Tourism Strategy

  • Recommendation 1: Address land and resource information, planning and policy issues to increase certainty for tourism operators and potential investors.
  • Recommendation 2: Improve access and accessibility to travelers to and within the OBAC region.
  • Recommendation 4: Increase tourism in the region by using its features and attractions to full advantage.

Download the Project Overview - Click Here (339 Kb)

Project Master Plan - Click Here


(COMPLETED) Williston Lake Trout Project
February 2013 – November 2014

The Williston Lake Trout Project was a community-driven, solutions-oriented scientific research project focused on supporting the long term sustainability of lake trout in Williston Reservoir.

Attraction and Retention

  • Recommendation 2: Market the region’s considerable assets which make it a desirable place to live, work, play, and invest.
    • Improve the availability of information on the region’s considerable environmental assets and outdoor recreational opportunities
  • Recommendation 4: Further identify and develop the services and amenities required to attract and retain young people, seniors, skilled workers, professionals, and others.
    • Collaborate and exchange information relevant to attraction and retention across all communities in the region
    • Identify synergistic opportunities for First Nations and other communities in the region

Tourism

  • Recommendation 1: Address land and resource information, planning and policy issues to increase certainty for tourism operators and potential investors.
    • Compile information regarding landscape-level resource values and objectives

Download the Project Overview - Click Here (615Kb)

FINAL Report Submitted by the Synergy Applied Ecology - Click Here


Social Services Coordinating Mechanism
April 2013 – June 2014

The Community Social Services and Support Strategy identified the need to increase social service coordination. Coordination refers to both the process of coordination and the outcome of coordination i.e. a coordinated response. Relationships play a critical role in effective social service coordination. Coordination is an intrinsic component of social service provision. Well-coordinated social services provide many benefits to individuals and communities. The OBAC social service coordination research has been summarized in two reports; From the Ground Up and Bridging Gaps.

From the Ground Up: Community Social Service Coordination Practices in the OBAC Region

The report From the Ground Up describes current community-level coordination activity in detail and highlights strategies to strengthen such community-level social service coordination. Click Here for Report.

 

Bridging Gaps: Connecting and Coordinating Public and Non-Profit Social Services in the OBAC Region

The report Bridging Gaps: Connecting and Coordinating Public and Non-profit Social Services in the OBAC Region focuses on strategies to address critical regional-level social service coordination challenges. Click Here for Report.

SPARC Research: Understanding Sources of Income in CCBAC-OBAC Communities

Four reports were generated that examined income supports (i.e., transfer payments) access in relation to other socio-economic statistics that indicate the potential need for certain income supports. The purpose of these reports was to generate evidence that addresses the belief that rural and small town residents are not accessing income support programs at a rate similar to what is reported by residents living in urban centres within the CCBAC-OBAC area.

Lake District Social Service Coordination Think Tank Pilot
September 24 & 25, 2013

The Think Tank pilot arose in response to the 2013 report Bridging Gaps: Connecting and Coordinating Public and Non-Profit Social Services in the OBAC Region. The Think Tank was implemented in September 2013 in Burns Lake, BC. Approximately forty-five social service provider and volunteers from communities within the Lakes District area came together to discuss and explore how social services are actually accessed and provided, and to generate advice to government to improve social service access and provision.

Presentation at Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference
September 25 – 27, 2014

Presentation on findings above.


(COMPLETED) District of Fort St. James Trails Master Plan Project
May 2013 – January 2014

The purpose of this project is to create a planning document that will serve as a foundation piece for present and future recreational trail development and, to create recreational trail maps that showcase the diverse recreational opportunities in the region in and around Fort St. James.

Attraction and Retention Strategy:

  • Objective 1: Diversify the region’s economy and support good employment and self-employment opportunities;
  • Objective 2: Retain and attract the skilled workers and professionals needed by business, government, and service providers;
  • Objective 4: Develop synergistic and cooperative opportunities for attraction and retention across all communities in the region;

Tourism Strategy

  • Recommendation 1: Address land and resource information, planning and policy issues to increase certainty for tourism operators and potential investors.
  • Recommendation 2: Improve access and accessibility to travelers to and within the OBAC region.
  • Recommendation 4: Increase tourism in the region by using its features and attractions to full advantage.

Download the Project Overview - Click Here (PDF 106Kb)

FINAL Report Submitted by the District of Fort St. James - Click Here


(COMPLETED) Bulkley Valley Lakes District Airshed Management Plan Implementation
May 2013 – May 2014

The Bulkley Valley Lakes District (BVLD) Airshed Management Society updated the BVLD Airshed Management Plan: A Community Action Plan for Clean Air in 2012. The project commenced implementation of this plan and continued their existing outreach.

Attraction & Retention Strategy

  • Objective 2: Retain and attract the skilled workers and professionals needed by business, government, and service providers.
  • Objective 4: Develop synergistic and cooperative opportunities for attraction and retention across all communities in the region.
    • Recommendation 2: Market the region’s considerable assets which make it a desirable place to live, work, play, and invest.
    • Recommendation 4: Further identify and develop the services and amenities required to attract and retain young people, seniors, skilled workers, professionals, and others.
    • Recommendation 5: Develop and implement improved service delivery models to better meet health care and education needs.

Future Forest Products and Fibre Use Strategy

  • Objective 3: Form stronger working partnerships and communication among First Nations, local communities, government, and the forest sector.
    • Recommendation # 1: Increase the benefits that communities can rely upon from forest resources and forestry.
    • Recommendation #4: Increase awareness and understanding of the long-term viability of the forest sector.

Alternative Energy Strategy

  • Recommendation 2: Conduct research on alternative energy opportunities and make relevant information readily available to industry and government decision makers.

Download the Project Overview - Click Here (PDF 99Kb)

FINAL Report Submitted by the BVLD Airshed Management Society - Click Here


 

Ignite the North
March 2014 – April 2015

The Ignite the North Project fostered an innovative mindset to build resiliency, create jobs and develop thriving communities in Northern BC. The project was designed to inspire innovation in our children through hands-on interactive programming, open conversations across generations with youth and business leaders, and give local Northern communities’ tools to continue the conversation around innovation.

Download the Project Overview - Click Here

FINAL Report submitted by Live Work Communications - Click Here


Regional Transportation Survey
June 2014

The Coalition, in collaboration with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the Carrier Sekani Family Services, completed a Highway 16 West Passenger Transportation Survey.
The Province has provided an opportunity to provide input into, “B.C. on the Move: a Ten Year Transportation Plan.” Engagement with the Ministry on transportation priorities and issues can be had through a survey or a submission. The Coalition has made a submission to the process.