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General News · 11th January 2023
Shaun Koopman
The Strathcona Regional District, in partnership with the Regional District of Mt. Waddington, Comox Valley Emergency Program, and United Way BC would like to invite all North Island community members to attend a round table session focused on grassroots hope and empowerment.

These virtual workshops will take place on Monday, January 23rd from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm and on Thursday, January 26th from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. The theme of this workshop is enhancing extreme temperature resiliency in rural North Vancouver Island communities (both workshops will follow the same agenda).

This winter, we have already experienced daily minimum temperature records set from the southern tip of Vancouver Island to the northeastern corner of the province, and many spots in between. There were many cold weather records broken across British Columbia.

Join us to hear more about:
• Support provided by emergency program’s during extreme temperature events
• How United Way supports grassroot organizations
• Guest speakers from rural communities
• Roundtable Discussion & Relationship Building - An opportunity for attendees to share projects they’re working on or are aware of in their community as well as hopes/dreams they would like to see their community achieve.

The virtual Zoom attendance information can be found at

Rural communities tend to have fewer financial, human and formal institutional resources with which to respond to these changes. Access to important assets that support resilience and adaptation from which communities can draw from are available, such as strong informal economies, social networks and connections to place, community, and culture.

Grassroots organizations have a distinct and critical role in advancing social change, specifically in the area of community resilience to climate change. We hope you can join us.