June 2018 – It’s been a great run. Since 2004 the Network has worked to advocate for rural communities in British Columbia and provide the integral service of connectivity and resource sharing via our membership eNews and a series of BC Rural Summits. While current network directors maintain a passion for supporting rural development, the BCRN has unfortunately been unable to generate the revenue needed to continue operating.
As such, the BCRN has a made a motion to dissolve.
We are genuinely saddened to be sharing this news. In it’s last phase the BCRN hopes provide a few resources to keep you connected while we transition our activities in collaboration with other rural advocacy organizations.
The BC Rural Network
From 2004 to 2018, the BC Rural Network (BCRN) served as a coalition of organizations, communities, and individuals who shared a commitment to building the capacity of British Columbia to develop responses to rural and remote community issues. The Network dialogued with rural communities and organizations across BC through a series of annual regional forums, the Biennial BC Rural Communities Summit, an annual province-wide Members‘ Workshop, an e-mail list, regular newsletters, and this website.
BCRN Supports CRRF 2017 Conference in Nelson, BC, Sept 20-23
The BC Rural Network will not be holding a Rural Communities Summit in 2017. Instead, the board is very excited to have partnered with the Canadian Rural Revitalization Federation to support their upcoming conference, Different By Design: Exploring Innovation for Rural Prosperity, in Nelson, BC, September 20-23, 2017. Find out all about the conference and how you can get involved here.
Quesnel Explores Youth Attraction and Retention with Project Comeback
The City of Quesnel has received a BC Rural Dividend grant to begin the process of assessing their community’s youth retention and attraction situation, using the foundations established by the BCRN’s Project Comeback. Stay tuned for updates on their progress!
BC Rural Network (BCRN) has wrapped up a great initiative—Project Comeback—working to engage youth and enable them to make a permanent home in rural communities. With help from Fraser Basin Council, Project Comeback has been piloted in five BC communities: the City of Williams Lake, Smithers District Chamber of Commerce, the Regional District of Mount Waddington, and the communities of Chase and Kaslo. The pilot ran over a two year period–ending November 2014. Learn more
Rural Youth Diversity Project
Rural communities across British Columbia face a twin demographic challenge of a loss of youth through out-migration and an aging baby-boomer population. To ensure rural communities are desirable and welcoming places to live in now and into the future, they must identify what it is that young value in their communities and how these values translate into a sense of place that young people want to live in or come back to. Learn more
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