The Hub coaches have been working with the Strategic Initiative Council, a representation of both Montgomery and Smithers, to learn more about the community. The Strategic Initiative Council is a group of folks focused on making positive change in their community by sharing ideas, collaborating on cross-community programs, and even sharing funds and resources to advance goals that are mutually beneficial to their towns.
We learned early on that they view themselves as ‘two municipalities, one community’ – and are excited to learn from what they have been able to accomplish through this mindset and share this model with other communities around the state.
People often ask how we’re approaching our community coaching work at The Hub in this time. We typically spend much of our time in communities, working face to face with residents, and the events of this year have made that more challenging. We’re approaching this challenge just like any other hurdle we may face when it comes to community development: we bring our own dedication to and investment in the success of the residents to the table, our own expertise, but, ultimately, let the community lead the way.
That means the way that we approach our work is going to look different this year in Montgomery and Smithers, but the outcome is going to be the same: teams of residents coming together to advance ideas and projects that will create greater prosperity and opportunity for everyone in their community – and, of course, having fun along the way!
We are honored to be working with the residents of Montgomery and Smithers.
Stay tuned to The Hub’s blog for progress the community teams are making! And if you are living in Montgomery or Smithers and are interested in taking part give me a shout – Amanda Worman-Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amanda Workman-Scott is The Hub’s Director of Community Engagement. Find Amanda at email@example.com.