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Media Release - Resilient Streets program will bring neighbours together

MEDIA RELEASE
 
May 30, 2018
 
Resilient Streets program will bring neighbours together

 

Powell River is launching the Resilient Streets program to provide residents with an opportunity to participate in shaping our community and enhancing resiliency through community partnerships and local engagement.
 
Building Resilient Neighbourhoods (BRN) is a collaborative effort to help create more resilient communities and neighbourhoods in BC. The initiative is led by BC Healthy Communities Society. Powell River is one of four communities in the province to receive a grant and will be serving as a demonstration community.
 
Last year the City of Powell River launched its block party program. With the money for the Resilient Streets program, Powell River is able to enlarge its offering and promote neighborhood gatherings more extensively than in 2017. There were eight block parties in Powell River last year and the hope is doing up to 25 a year.
 
“We want to strengthen our neighbourhoods in our community and that involves building upon those block parties,” said Neil Pukesh, manager of recreation. “We are purchasing an event trailer that is going to be fully stocked with supplies to help people plan and execute events in their neighbourhoods, whether it be a beautification project, street cleaning, or similar projects, as well as block parties.”
 
Being connected to our neighbours is important for all of us for long-term resilience and well-being, said Shawna Rahier, community recreation program coordinator.
 
“The challenge is we are often more and more disconnected from our neighbours and it can sometimes be awkward to reach out and initiate a connection,” she said.
 
The Resilient Streets program is designed to make it easier for neighbours to connect and know each other, and over time, develop ties, share resources and other items, to help each other in small or big ways, and cooperate and share leadership in street or building issues or activities.
 
The Resilient Streets Kick-Off Workshop is on Wednesday, June 6th, from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Powell River Recreation Complex Cedar Room. Call (604) 485-2891 to register for this free event. Light refreshments will be provided.
 
There are micro-planning grants available for Resilient Streets events, so organizers can receive $50 to plan an event and $200 to execute the event. People can apply for the grants at the June 6th kickoff.
 
Participants in the workshop can hear a broad range of inspiring ideas and a menu of tools and options to start making changes on their streets. Participants can also connect with Resilient Streets mentors who can help with tools and tips to get them started.
 
“If you have a great idea about how to connect and engage with your neighbours, or you are interested in meeting people in your community who are looking to build some resiliency momentum, this free workshop is for you,” Rahier said. “Everyone is welcome.”
 
There is a resource book available for event organizers. Organizations such as the RCMP, Success by 6, the Fire Department, Vancouver Coastal Health and inclusion Powell River have bought into the Resilient Streets protocol, so when people apply for grants, these resources can be available to them. There are also toolkits available, which will be accessible on the department’s new website, at: www.powellriverprc.ca
 
The Resilient Streets initiative applies to the whole district, so regional district neighborhoods can apply to be part of the program, as well as city neighborhoods. The Powell River Regional District is a partner.
 
 
For more information, contact:
Shawna Rahier, Community Recreation Program Coordinator
(604) 485-8902

 

 


 

 

 

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 2:30pm

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