Better at Home’s Rural and Remote Pilot Program staff gathered for a “Meetup” in Richmond, BC on April 25 and 26, 2016, to share knowledge, learn from each other, and cultivate a strong “Community of Practice”. Twenty Better at Home program coordinators, managers, and executive directors attended from six funded agencies located in some of the most rural communities from across the province.
Participants attended expert workshops and interactive training sessions, such as Ten Steps to Creating Safe Environments/Elder Abuse and Media Relations, and most significantly, shared local updates with other program representatives and discussed best practices to address the unique challenges of remote service delivery.
“From the perspective of an Executive Director of a fairly complex agency, it was so nice to be able to focus just on Better at Home development, administration and efficiencies,” said Tim Payne, Executive Director, Arrow and Slocan Lakes Community Services in Nakusp, BC. “The fact that I was there, immersed in the middle of great conversation, learning, and problem solving was a key strategy to ensure the success and improvement of our program.”
Members from the Rural and Remote Pilot Programs will also attend annual Better at Home Provincial Meetup in the fall, along with the remaining sixty-one programs.
Better at Home is funded by the Government of British Columbia and managed by the United Way of the Lower Mainland.