A total of 18 people – plus one sock monkey – took part in IAP2 Atlantic’s first-ever French-language Foundations Course, taught by Mary Moreland (second from left) in Dieppe, NewBrunswick. The first portion – Planning for Effective Public Participation – was provided in November, and the last two days – Techniques – took place Feb 1-2. We’re expecting many of the attendees will join IAP2 Atlantic as a result. This event could not have been held without Paul Lang’s hard work coordinating the course, and the partnership and contributions of the Association of Municipal Administrators of NB, the City of Dieppe, the Kent Regional Service Commission and IPAC Moncton.
IAP2 Atlantic member Victoria Etchegary was a panelist at a professional development event put on by the International Association of Business Communicators in January in St John’s NL. She helped promote IAP2 in the discussion on public engagement and communications.
Want to stay in touch with what’s happening in IAP2 Canada’s easternmost Chapter? Atlantic now has a Facebook Page, bringing all the latest. Check it out here.
St Lawrence / Saint-Laurent
L’évènement « Des consultations publiques qui ont du mordant ! Comment impliquer les citoyens dans la planification municipale » a été un succès retentissant le 8 mars dernier à Montréal. Témoignant de la pertinence du sujet, l’AIP2 Saint-Laurent a fait salle comble au Centre St-Pierre avec quelque 80 participants provenant d’une diversité de milieux : municipal et régional, public et privé, OBNL et communautaire, recherche et éducation.
En première partie, des représentants des villes de Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, de Saint-Rémi et de l’arrondissement de Verdun de la Ville de Montréal ont partagé leurs bons coups et leçons apprises lors des consultations citoyennes menées sur l’avenir de leur municipalité. En deuxième partie un atelier-causerie a donné lieu à des discussions animées sur les bons coups et pièges en consultation municipale.
Bon nombre de participants ont déjà commenté les réussites qui les ont inspirés et les réponses aux défis qui informeront leurs actions à venir. L’évènement a bénéficié du soutien de trois commanditaires, soit Hill + Knowlton stratégies, Morin relations publiques et Zone franche.
Devant l’enthousiasme exprimé par toutes les personnes impliquées l’AIP2 Saint-Laurent réfléchit déjà à d’autres activités qui permettront des échanges approfondis entre intervenants diversifiés sur les grands enjeux de la participation publique aujourd’hui. Restez à l’affût du prochain rendez-vous P2 !
IAP2 St. Lawrence held a successful event on March 8 in Montreal entitled “Public consultations with a bite! How to involve citizens in municipal planning”. The room at the Centre St-Pierre was filled to capacity, witnessing to the relevance of the topic. The 80 participants hailed from a variety of fields: municipal and regional, public and private, non-profit and community organizations, research and education.
The first part featured representatives of the City of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, the City of Saint-Rémi as well as the Borough of Verdun in the City of Montreal, sharing their successes and lessons learned during citizen consultations on the future of their municipalities.
The second part was devoted to a discussion workshop that led to animated conversations about benefits and pitfalls in municipal consultations. Many participants have already commented on the successes that have inspired them and the responses to challenges that will inform their upcoming initiatives. The event received support from three sponsors: Hill + Knowlton Strategies, Morin Relations Publiques and Zone Franche. The enthusiasm expressed by everyone involved already has IAP2 St. Lawrence thinking about the next events that will allow for in-depth discussions among a variety of players on the big questions around public participation today. Stay tuned for the next P2 rendez-vous!
On February 1, 2016 the BC Chapter Executive met for its annual planning dinner. The focus was to identify key directions that would inform the next three-year strategic plan 2017-2020 and to brainstorm the focus of the 2016 Program and Networking Series.
The Chapter provides the food and attendees buy their own drinks. At the event, members provide a brief talk on an interesting project they are working on or present a project challenge that would like to brainstorm with colleagues.
The first “P2 Drinks” was held in Vancouver in early March, and will be followed up in April in Victoria.
The first “Deep Dive” session is set for late April in Kamloops. All events are in partnership with different professional organizations in the province.
Find out more on the IAP2 BC website.