Tuesday, April 28th from 5pm – 7:30pm IAP2 BC was pleased to launch its event series Thinking Beyond the Open House: Public Participation is more than Coffee and Donuts in conjunction with a group of dedicated volunteers on Vancouver Island. Over 30 people attended the event including some participants from the Dialogue Partners Foundations program training that was being offered that week in Victoria.
IAP2 BC President Catherine Rockandel welcomed guests and provided some background on IAP2 BC’s commitment to provide events like this on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland Kim Van Bruggen shared how the idea for the event came from brainstorming that she, Lisa Moilanen, Julie Potter and Kelsey Singbeil had done with P2 professionals on Vancouver Island. The group identified that the P2 community was interested in informal organic social and networking events.
This planted the seed for the April 28th event that featured speakers Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps and Manager of Citizen Engagement Julie Potter speaking on the City of Victoria’s recent engagement strategy development. The talk was followed by a lively discussion a recording of which will be made available in the coming weeks on the IAP2 BC, IAP2 Canada and the City of Victoria websites.
On May 5, the “Beyond Coffee and Doughnuts” series continued with an event in partnership with IAP2 BC partnered with the Planning Institute of BC. This evening was designed to support planners in understanding more about Emotion and Outrage in planning contexts.