Forward Nanaimo


ForwardNanaimo22 is an online conference, consisting of a series of workshops, focused on key issues facing the City of Nanaimo and Central Vancouver Island region. Four online workshops will examine current challenges from a local perspective.

Workshops

Each workshop will feature an hour-long panel of experts and stakeholders, followed by breakout groups where participants will discuss policy positions related to the topic of the session. The intention is for the workshop series to build foundational knowledge on local issues and become a driver of positive action amongst candidates in the upcoming 2022 local government elections.

Strengthening food systems and nutrition security

Please note: This event has already occurred. A video recording can be found here. The Jamboard from the event can be found here.Strengthening Food Systems and Nutrition Security considers current challenges in local food production and access to food, as well as how we can move forward in the Nanaimo region with strong policies and effective collaborations.Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM

Housing for all in a safe and compassionate Nanaimo

Please note: This event has already occurred. A video recording can be found here. The Jamboard from the event can be found here.Housing for all in a safe, compassionate Nanaimo considers current challenges in access to housing, and how local policies and initiatives can support positive change.Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM

Building the (local) doughnut economy

Please note: This event has already occurred. A video recording can be found here. The Jamboard from the event can be found here.Building the (local) doughnut economy explores the global concept of the Doughnut Economic Model, developed by Kate Raworth, in the local context of Nanaimo.Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM

Climate action and care for the environment

Please note: This event has already occurred. A video recording can be found here. The Jamboard from the event can be found here and the PowerPoint materials can be found here.The Climate Action and Care for the Environment workshop will examine policies and action plans intended to protect our natural environment, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate the impacts of climate change and provide resilience in the Nanaimo region.Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM

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Climate Action and Care for the Environment

Please note: This event has already occurred. A video recording can be found here. The Jamboard from the event can be found here and the PowerPoint materials can be found here.Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM
Summary of workshop:
To ensure the health of our community and protect our treasured outdoor environments, Nanaimo must take significant climate action. What policies and actions will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, reduce our dependence on vehicles, protect our citizens from extreme weather and preserve our natural and built environments? In this workshop, expert panelists will help us examine Nanaimo's policies and understand how the Nanaimo Region can become a climate leader.
Panelists:

Dr. Deb L. MorrisonDr. Morrison is a climate and anti-oppression activist, scientist, learning scientist, educator, mother and a local trustee for North Pender Island. She works at the intersection of justice, climate science, and learning in research-practice-policy partnerships from local community to international scales. Deb is founder and a designer at CLEAR Environmental (Climate Learning for Empowerment, Action, and Resilience), and she is Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University.

CaroleAnn LeishmanCaroleAnn Leishman is a Councillor for the City of Powell River, an architectural designer, project manager, and a certified Built Green® builder. She serves on the BC Municipal Climate Leadership Council, and is a member of Climate Caucus, and the Doughnut Economics Action Lab. Her portfolios at the City of Powell River include Sustainability and Climate Change Adaptation/Mitigation, Solid Waste, Youth Council, qathet Regional District Municipal Director and Chair of the Powell River Regional Hospital District Board.

Strengthening Food Systems and Nutrition Security

Please note: This event has already occurred. A video recording can be found here. The Jamboard from the event can be found here.Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM
Summary of workshop:
Empty grocery shelves raised alarm when Covid-19 disrupted global supply chains and again after extreme flooding washed out all highways connecting the lower mainland to the rest of North America last fall. Over the past few generations, Vancouver Island has gone from producing most of the food we consume here down to less than 10% of it. In this workshop, we will hear from expert panelists and have discussion on what’s needed to develop local food systems that empower all residents of the Nanaimo Region to eat well.
Panelists:

Arzeena HamirArzeena is a farmer in the Comox Valley, and serves as the Area B Director for the Comox Valley Regional District. She will speak about how local government can work with local government to strengthen policy around food security measures.

Paul ManlyPaul Manly has been an environmental and social justice activist since he was a teenager. For 28 years as a documentary and educational filmmaker he focussed his work on the creation of electronic media that educates, informs and adds to the public dialogue on issues of importance. In 2019, Paul was elected as the second Green Member of Parliament in Canada. He served as a the MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith until 2021. Paul is currently the Executive Director of the Nanaimo Unitarian Shelter and is a program and projects coordinator for Growing Opportunities Farm Community Cooperative.

Jen CodyJen Cody has been active in the food community since 1998 and is a registered dietitian and a founding member of the BC Food Systems Network. She is a former Director of Food and Nutrition Security for Nanaimo Foodshare, a non profit that supports programs and community development related to food security and sustainable local food systems.

Housing for All in a Safe and Compassionate Nanaimo

Please note: This event has already occurred. A video recording can be found here. The Jamboard from the event can be found here.Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM
Summary of Workshop:
Housing and homelessness are becoming a top concern in mid-Vancouver Island. There are estimates of 1800 people experiencing homelessness annually in Nanaimo, with many having no access to any kind of shelter. With increasing unaffordability, those precariously housed, numbering around 6000, are on the verge of homelessness. Managing the impacts of homelessness often falls to local governments, yet they have limited resources and authority. In this workshop, we will hear from expert panelists and discuss what’s needed from the regional perspective to work towards having housing for everyone in the Nanaimo Region.
Panelists:

Erin HemmensErin Hemmens is a Councillor with the City of Nanaimo, Director with the Regional District of Nanaimo, Vice-Chair of the Nanaimo Regional Hospital District Board, and the Vice-Chair of the Vancouver Island Regional Library Board. Through her work as Councillor, she co-chaired the City of Nanaimo Health and Housing Task Force.She will be sharing her experience of working closely with the government, the health sector and service providers in the creation of Nanaimo's Health and Housing Action Plan, and reflect on the next steps for a community in crisis. She'll further share highlights of the policy work the city is undertaking to increase affordable housing and how those policies fit within the broader context of ReImagine Nanaimo.

Andrew ThorntonAndrew Thornton (PhD) has a research focussed background in Sociology and Equity Studies (U of Toronto). Andrew has directed and participated in large- and small-scale research projects in the contexts of education, sport, and popular culture. He has taught interdisciplinary studies in Canada and the United Kingdom and published and presented his work at national and international conferences on social justice, education, sport/media, and research methodology.Andrew helped coordinate the Reaching Home: Point-in-Time Count on behalf of the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition in 2018 and 2020 for which he also wrote the final community report(s). Over the last 5 years Andrew has, in partnership with John McCormick (MA, Community Development) endeavoured to establish a community-based research capacity which has resulted in the formation of the Nanaimo Centre for Justice, Education and Research (NCJER).Andrew is currently working on the creation and implementation of ‘Integrated Coordinated Access’ for housing and housing supports in Nanaimo. Among other research he recently completed a study of housing and homelessness which compared Nanaimo to ten similarly sized communities in Canada. In his presentation Andrew will discuss some of the findings from this report and implications for responding to current crises in housing, housing ‘affordability’ and homelessness in Nanaimo.

John McCormickJohn McCormick is Community Development Specialist and former Executive Director for the John Howard Society.John will highlight that the challenges of addressing homelessness is international, and in Canada it is most significantly present in the triangle of Nanaimo, Vancouver and Victoria. He will speak to how addressing the issue requires a commitment from all levels of government and community-wide support. John believes that there are no easy solutions to ending homelessness, but to address homelessness starts with recognizing that "housing is a right".

Building the (local) Doughnut Economy

Please note: This event has already occurred. A video recording can be found here. The Jamboard from the event can be found here.Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM
Summary of Workshop:
Building the (local) Doughnut Economy explores the global concept of the Doughnut Economic Model, developed by Kate Raworth, in the local context of Nanaimo, a municipality in British Columbia, Canada. The Doughnut Economic Model, adopted by Nanaimo City Council in 2020 and the guiding framework for Reimagine Nanaimo, is based on the following question: How can Nanaimo be a thriving home to thriving people, while respecting planetary boundaries?
Panelists:

Tyler BrownTyler Brown is a Councillor with the City of Nanaimo and Chair of the Regional District of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island in the Canadian province of British Columbia. He has a background in community planning, intergovernmental relations, and policy development for local government, and is passionate about reforming government to better respond to the social and environmental challenges of our time.

Kim SmytheAs the President & CEO of the Chamber for a decade, Kim has seen the Chamber move towards a more holistic community development mindset -- a healthy community energizes a healthy vision and drives a healthy economy. Parts of this have encouraged increasing engagement in the basic tenets of circular economy philosophy. In turn, this has grown to envelope an approach to Doughnut Economic Philosophy Awareness for our community. Kim is honoured to have served as Chair of the Mayor’s Leaders Table on Doughnuts!

Ben GeselbrachtBen Geselbracht is a small business owner, Nanaimo City Councillor and Regional District Director working for a more environmentally sustainable and socially equitable future.