Strategic Plan Report: Community Partnerships

Strategic Plan Report: Community Partnerships

Background: The Sunshine Coast is a community of creativity, originality and energy. There is expertise and opportunity beyond our district capacity that has the ability to support the growth and well being of students. The intersection of community expertise with district expertise is elevated when we collaborate effectively with our partner groups.

Discussion: The board’s Strategic Plan prioritizes community partnerships as key to improving student achievement. The majority of Strategy Two, Relationship Building, refers to supporting partnerships in our community.

Some examples of district work to date include:

Student Support: District staff attends Shared Care Committee meetings with Vancouver Coastal Health, Ministry of Child and Family Development, RCMP, the Sechelt Indian Band and others. The committee is focused on supporting students with mental health needs. Staff also attend “A GP for Me” committee sessions with a view to ensuring that all students and community members have consistent access to family practitioners. Extensive partnerships with our Community School partners ensure nutrition, after school, homework, youth and other opportunities are available for our students. The district provides funds, space and expertise in return for student support.

Program Support: Environmental education is substantially supported through communication and participation with interested groups. The Lions Club supports the Imagination Library to ensure that very young child receives a new book every month until they attend kindergarten. Our partnership with Coast Cable is well established and supports both community and student interests.

Facilities: The district is actively pursuing a joint use agreement with the SCRD to maximize the opportunities inherent in our mutual need for building space and fields. Our facilities department utilizes the services of various trades when our own department is unable to do so.

Capilano University: The district has ongoing meetings with Capilano University to address our mutual needs regarding student enrolment and programming needs.

Next Steps: The most significant priority for the balance of this year, in addition to maintaining the current emphasis of working collaboratively with our community partners is to ensure that all of our partners and potential partners have opportunities to provide input to our 2015 – 2019 Strategic Plan.

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