Using the Social Determinants of Health as its guide, the initial Status of the Community Report in 2006 and, the second edition of the Status of the Community in 2010, served as the foundational research that identified the top social priorities of our region. From these reports, SPC along with community partners, focused on the development of a Regional Affordable Housing Strategy, a Child Care Council and the Cowichan Living Wage.
Five years later, after a number of community consultations hosted by SPC and our community partners, the need to develop a social vision and social policy framework for the Cowichan region has been identified.
We know that our social system needs to invest more time and resources into creating systemic change versus social change. We need to move from isolated responses and disconnected projects, planning and programs towards cross sector collaboration. And, most importantly, as we move forward, we must include everyone in our community in the conversation, from community members to governments, from community benefit organisations to businesses.
We need to develop healthy processes and provide skilled facilitation that encourages learning from multiple perspectives, creates new thinking and responses, and enables alignment of resources and a clear vision for collective action. To achieve this, we are producing a series of Community Snapshots that will supported by contributions from everyone who has a stake in our community.