Organizers of the Nov. 4 At the Table event were hoping for a successful day, but they weren’t counting on 55 people showing up.
The meeting brought together local government, service clubs, non-profit societies and individuals for a day of brainstorming on sharing ideas, resources and goals for the community.
“There was a good cross-section of the non-profit sector,” said organizer Marianne Gagnon. “We actually had a display where we asked people to write the name of the organization they were involved with on a Post-It. We had all the different sectors on a piece of paper – arts and culture, education, sports and leisure, seniors and we had at least one organization in all the different sectors.”
In the morning session, participants discussed the challenges and the solutions to those challenges; in the afternoon they voted on ideas that emerged from the morning session, voted on the five top ideas and referred them to focus groups to discuss how to implement those ideas.
The ideas included creating a community co-ordinator position; hosting a board governance workshop; establishing a data base/booklet that would list all the volunteer organizations, positions they have and contact information; organizing a funding workshop; and holding regular meetings of the group as it moves forward into the New Year.
She added that she would also be compiling a report detailing all the topics discussed.
“We had feedback surveys and really, I was blown away by them,” said Gagnon. “They were very, very positive.”
Gagnon is the literacy outreach co-ordinator for the Lillooet Area Library Association. She told the News in an interview prior to Nov. 4 that the event was inspired by the Vancouver Foundation’s On The Table initiative. That initiative aims to bring together people across B.C. to make new connections and talk about what matters most to them.”
More information on At the Table can be found on the group’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1896577797103763/