Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Let's talk about community engagement

All employees are invited to participate in a College-wide town hall forum on community engagement on October 12, from 3:30 to 5pm, in the boardroom at the Coquitlam Campus.

At the forum, we'll ask you:

What are your thoughts about community engagement?

How can the College support the great work being done in the community?

Check out the forum details and RSVP here, then mark your calendars and plan to attend. I’m looking forward to hearing your ideas.

Community engagement is so important to Douglas College and to the communities we serve. The community is coming to Douglas College and asking us to pick up a leadership role in moving ideas forward. And we are responding.

For example, yesterday I had lunch with Mitchel Edgar, the Economic Development Manager from the City of New Westminster, and Kirk Moir from In Motion Technology, who is helping New Westminster develop its “intelligent city” strategy. It’s all about using information technology to stimulate the economy and provide citizens with better access to services. We talked about how Douglas College might contribute to that initiative, perhaps through applied research projects.

That intelligent city idea is related to the “New New West” theme of the city's Economic Development office and the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce. I spoke to Chamber members two weeks ago about how Douglas College is playing a key role in the dynamic change and development of New Westminster.

And last week I attended the launch event for the new Peter Legge International Institute for Sales Excellence, which has earned support not only from Canada Wide Media CEO Peter Legge, but from a number of high profile leaders and organizations.

Many other areas of the College are building exciting community connections. We’re engaging with businesses, the not-for-profit sector, governments, and the general population. Increasingly, we’re known for what we do in and with the community.

I’d like to hear from all employees on this, and the town hall forum on October 12 is a great opportunity for you to make your voice heard.



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