Kelvin Saldern (right)

CBT shares new strategic priorities

The Columbia Basin Trust invited the public to an open house on Friday to learn about its new strategic priorities.

The Columbia Basin Trust hosted an open house on Friday at its Castlegar office to invite the public to learn about its new strategic priorities.

The 13 new priorities are the result of an extensive public engagement process.

The open house today is a touch point with all residents who are interested to learn the outcomes of the year-long engagement process that we undertook … and to show folks what we decided are going to be the strategic priorities for the coming five years,” said Delphie Hoodicoff, director of communications for the CBT.

The trust has already held three other open houses throughout the Basin, in Cranbrook, Golden, and Nakusp.

The folks that are coming to these open houses are folks that are engaged in their communities, and are learning about how the trust can support them going forward,” said Neil Muth, president and CEO of the CBT. “It’s been very positive in terms of the discussions that I’ve had with individuals here. People just wanting to know where the trust is going in our support for them over the next five years.”

Many of those who were present at the open house were there to learn about new opportunities to partner with the CBT.

I’m just trying to find out more about their priorities and how we can work together,” said Ann Jensen, contract and partnership agent for the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation. “I get a lot of inquiries regarding funding, so a lot of our funding is with partnerships in the community, so that’s why I’m kind of attending here to find out how we can develop more partnerships and work to help communities in need.”

To see early childhood and early childhood development on [the list of priorities] is really important for us,” said Christy Anderson, regional coordinator for Family Action Network, “because we know that all the investment that you make early on has so many benefits as you continue on that life course, so it’s great to see that they’re looking at that area.”

Four priorities that came up consistently across the Basin were economic development, affordable housing, agriculture, and the environment.

One priority in particular stood out in Castlegar.

Within Castlegar … economic development was one of the strong themes that we heard here,” said Muth.

Now that the CBT’s strategic priorities have been established, the trust will move forward with implementation, which is already underway.

We’ve announced two new programs, and that’s the impact investment fund, as well as the non-profit advisors program,” said Hoodicoff.

The trust is also moving forward with its work installing broadband in the Basin.

The CBT’s new strategic priorities are:Affordable housingAgricultureBroadbandCommunity prioritiesEarly childhood and childhood developmentEconomic developmentEnvironmentFirst Nations relationshipsLand acquisitionNon-profit supportRecreation and physical activityRenewable and alternative energy

Those who couldn’t attend the open house can contribute ideas or find out more by contacting the CBT on their website, cbt.org.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Section of Arrow Lakes Drive temporarily closed Tuesday due to downed line

Motorists were driving over the cable without knowing if it was electrified

Kootenay mom turns COVID lockdown into positive action

Take a Hike runs from the Kootenay Columbia Learning Centre in East Trail

Totem pole considered cultural appropriation removed from Nelson’s Hume School

The pole had also become rotted and was seen as dangerous to students

Ootischenia man fined for driving vehicle held together by bungee cord

Vehicle also had improper plates and no insurance

Rossland resident Aerin Bowers completes 19-km swim along Christina Lake

Bowers said her dad inspired her to complete the epic adventure

B.C. reports 91 new cases as officials remain worried over ‘clusters of COVID-19

There have now been a total of 8,395 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began

Mounties impound car of impaired driver celebrating birthday in North Vancouver

RCMP say the person was driving with their headlights off

Kootenay yearling released into northern wild

Photos: Scroll to the bottom of the story to see Kenzo’s release

Transgender B.C. brothers debut fantasy novel as author duo Vincent Hunter

‘Transgender people are being misrepresented in popular fiction and media, and we aim to change that’

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

‘Won’t be gathering for Thanksgiving:’ Trudeau says COVID-19 2nd wave underway

In all, COVID-19 has killed about 9,250 people in Canada

Four more cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

There are 31 active cases in isolation in the health region

Canada’s active COVID-19 cases top 10,000 as daily new cases triple over the past month

Dr. Tam repeated her warning to young people, who have made up the majority of recent cases

Most Read