Inspired by the workings of the Jasper Community Team model in Jasper, AB, the GCRS team of Connie Barlow, GCRS Executive Director; Renee Quanstrom, Childcare Resource and Referral (CCRR) Coordinator; Jenn Keilty, Early Years Centre; Mike Symons, Youth Centre Coordinator; and Ryan Watmough, Age Friendly Coordinator, have begun weekly meetings to share ideas and challenges and align resources for their programs and Golden.
"We realized that improved coordination and collaboration is needed in Golden and as developmental stage outreach workers, we decided that we would step up and 'walk the walk,'" explained Ryan Watmough, a consultant with the recently completed Community Collaboration project.
"With this group of coordinators, we cover from pre-natal to 6 year olds and young families, youth from 12 to 24, and older adults 50+. We bring the opportunities and challenges from our groups to the GCRS team, which allows us to have a better understanding of the community's needs, overlapping services and gaps."
This group continues to meet once a week, and is experimenting with meeting formats in order to find the one that best fits their needs. Last week, the team tried a walking meeting, which included a stop at the construction site of the new childcare facility and the Food Bank.
Next on the agenda is improving communication and program participation through an improved community calendar.