Social Planning Cowichan (SPC) is a registered charitable society founded in May 2004. Its goal is to provide leadership that brings the community together to create a sustainable quality of life for everyone in the Cowichan Region. We are officially 13 years old. For our 10 year anniversary, we created a presentation: Celebrating 10 Years.
Social Planning Cowichan was established by a lengthy community process and was handed the reigns through a commmunity forum process to carry out the recommendations developed through the Visions 2020 community forums to address social planning concerns in the Cowichan Region. Archived historical documents can be found here.
SPC is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors with a dedicated staff of community development professionals who work to engage the expertise that exists within the Cowichan Region. We provide the region with expert facilitators, researchers and community leaders who come together to collaborate and take action to meet the needs in our community.
SPC identifies community priorities for action, based on research and community consultation through community dialogues, and community based research projects. One of our ongoing roles in the community is to provide a series of Snapshots (formerly Status of the Community Reports) that track the health and well-being of our community and measure social foundations of health including; economy, employment, education, health services, culture, youth, transportation, community involvement, food security, housing, climate change and environment.
SPC is an affiliate of the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC), the Community Social Planning Network, Community Based Research Canada and the Vancouver Island Social Planning Network who are currently working on a three-year comprehensive and community driven Visions 2050 project.
We value the people and organizations who are deeply rooted and connected to their communities and believe in building capacity in the places we bring our work.
Mission and Mandate
Mission Statement Social Planning Cowichan researches, forms partnerships, creates strategies and informs the Cowichan public about social planning issues.
To conduct research about the social health of the Cowichan Region
To educate and inform the Cowichan Region community about social planning issues
To facilitate partnerships and community consensus on issues and action plans
To recommend action plans and short and long term strategies to improve the quality of life in the Cowichan Region
Public Benefit Social Planning Cowichan fills a unique role in the Cowichan community, facilitating relationships and providing research that is outside of the mandate of other organizations. SPC’s research is used broadly by other organizations to demonstrate community need for services. In addition, Social Planning Cowichan pulls the community together to action plan and improve the social determinants of health for the community.
In 2008 Social Planning Cowichan was gifted the work of Cultural Connections as a legacy from the 2008 North American Indigenous Games. This included the continuation of co-hosting the annual Walk of Nations and generating opportunities for cross cultural bridge building, between First Nations and non First Nations community members.
Values Social Planning Cowichan uses the values outlined in the Earth Charter as a framework. Broadly speaking these are: