2017 Progress Report

In May 2015, BVIP completed the Bow Valley’s first Integration Strategy: a 3 year plan to meet our most pressing integration challenges based on based on research and community consultation with over 600 foreign-born and Canadian-born locals. 

Since then, our members have been working hard to make change in 6 priority areas. Here are some highlights of what we achieved in 2016/2017:

Education & Language Learning 

  • Completed study of adult learning needs to improve adult education programming. Watch for the report in April. (Bow Valley Learning Council, Bow Valley College)
  • Pre-beginner adult English language programs created (Bow Valley Learning Council, Bow Valley College)
  • Launched new summer English language and physical literacy program, serving 40 local kids. Secured funding for 2017 program. (Settlement Services in the Bow Valley, Canadian Rockies Public Schools)
  • Created Connect to Language brochure, which compiles information about adult English language programs all in one place. (Community Connections in the Bow Valley)

Employment

  • Awarded Alberta Human Rights Education & Multiculturalism Fund Community Inclusion grant for our Workplace Inclusion Charter (Alberta Human Rights Commission)
  • Piloted Workplace Inclusion Charter (Clique Hotels, Rimrock Resort Hotel)

Social Integration

  • New program created to connect newcomers to long term residents:
    Community Connections in the Bow Valley
  • Held #MeetTheLocals storytelling events in Banff & Canmore (Bow Valley Literacy Program). Learn more at www.meetthelocals.ca    
  • Supported collaborative planning & funding applications for Canada 150th events on themes of inclusion and belonging (Banff Canmore Community Foundation, MD Bighorn, ArtsPlace, Town of Canmore & more)
  • Created How to be Welcoming poster & multilingual welcome decal
    (Available for download in April)
  • Developed photo bank for our partners to reflect the diversity of our community in communications materials

Civic & Political Participation

  • Immigrant Advisory Group 2014-2016 members nominated for Mayor’s Awards of Excellence.
  • Immigrant Advisory Group chair honoured as Hospitality Hero (Banff Lake Louise Hospitality Association).
  • Volunteers: Accessing Underrepresented Groups Workshop (Town of Canmore)

Housing

  • Immigrant Advisory Group participated in Livable Canmore consultation (Town of Canmore)
  • Immigrant Advisory Group held Q&A with Banff Housing Sustainability Coordinator
    (Town of Banff)
  • Coordinator participated in Smith Creek & Three Sisters Resort Area public consultation

Emerging Needs

  • Convened ad-hoc stakeholder meetings on substance use issues including culturally appropriate care
  • Launched new health working group (Addictions & Mental Health, Primary Care Network, Alberta Health Services, & more)

Organizational Strength 

An additional priority is ensuring BVIP is an effective organization. This year we:

  • Secured funding to 2020
  • Welcomed new representatives from Parks Canada & the Primary Care Network
  • Recruited for the 2017 Immigrant Advisory Group & appointed new members
  • Collaborated with inclusion leaders across Canada through an online community of practice we created and at regional and national learning events, 5 of which we presented at

What's Next?

2017 is an exciting year for BVIP as we wrap up our current strategy and plan for the next 3 years. We’ve got some big projects planned, but we also want your input to decide what we work on next. 

You can help by: