Submitted by Steven Lorenzo Baileys, Community Development Coordinator
The Community Partnership Network celebrates another year of supporting diversity and building welcoming and inclusive communities in the Greater Victoria Region. The Community Partnership Network (CPN) – a group of more than 200 local businesses, agencies and organizations – is committed to building diverse, welcoming, and inclusive organizations. Thanks to funding from the United Way of Greater Victoria, the CPN organized and delivered:
• Seminars: Two ½ day Diversity Seminars were organized and hosted – the first in May 2015 at the UVic First Nations House; and the second in February 2016 at the Royal British Columbia Museum. More than 200 CPN members collectively attended the two seminars. The May 2015 seminar featured Community Engagement specialist Jim Diers who presented on “Building Inclusive Communities.” The February 2016 seminar included a panel presentation on the topic of “Preparing for the Resettlement of Syrian Refugees.”
• Meetings: Three CPN Members Meetings were hosted this past year at the Masjid Al-Iman Mosque, the Bayanihan Filipino Centre and at the Greater Victoria Public Library; these organizations are all part of the CPN. The meetings provide members with a chance to learn about the host community, create new collaborations and share knowledge around diversity initiatives.
• Membership: This past year saw membership in the CPN increase with an additional 38 new members, bringing the total membership of the CPN to 206 and growing! Some of this past year’s new members include: Victoria International Kite Festival; Pearson College WCU; Capital Regional District (Housing); BC Construction Association, among others.
• Newsletter: Diversity Connections – the quarterly CPN e-newsletter, continued to feature an array of stories about newcomers in Greater Victoria, diversity initiatives of CPN members and a Diversity Calendar of Events for members to read and learn.
In March 2016, the United Way of Greater Victoria announced new funding support for the CPN in 2016-18. This generous funding will ensure the CPN continues to provide our members with ongoing diversity knowledge, support for new collaborations and making new community connections. For more information about the CPN or if your organization would like to join the CPN please visit: ICA Victoria Community Parnership Network