From June 6-8, CBT staff were grateful to be joined by two CBT board members in attending the Community Foundations of Canada #AllIn2019 conference in Victoria, BC. Over 800 attendees from community-based philanthropic organizations came together to question how we can shift power, elevate new voices and together, take the long view to create a sustainable future where everyone belongs.
Rachelle Cole, a Ucluelet Councillor and paramedic, sits as an alternate director on the CBT board and generously volunteered two days of her time to participate in the conference. “I felt very proud to represent our home in a completely different way than ever before,” Rachelle says, “The focus on all humans inclusive is how I feel we operate out here on the coast as a whole and as such I felt very comfortable and versed in those scenes – and proud of our west coast community.” One of the most noteworthy sessions focused on community disaster recovery. “I thought I was pretty well versed in all things such with my other training and roles, “she says” but came away from the moment very pleased to have had the chance to look at things in that realm from a completely different point of view.
She also noted that she was very impressed with the importance placed on youth voices and participation in the conference, and noted that in Ucluelet and beyond, “the asset we have in our youth is paramount to the success of everything we do.”
The CBT team is grateful for its volunteer board members, who are all busy community leaders! Thank you, Rachelle, for your commitment to the CBT and all your contributions to our west coast communities.