Samantha McKieve is the new access and social planning assistant for the Comox Valley Social Planning Society. Photo supplied.

New season, new assistant for Comox Valley Social Planning Society

The Comox Valley Social Planning Society (CVSPS) has a new access and social planning assistant.

Samantha McKieve is a fourth-year student at North Island College studying business management. She will provide assistance to the society and to the Comox Valley Accessibility Committee, which have recently signed a Statement of Intent to work together for their mutual benefit and to further accessibility work in the community. The Comox Valley Regional District provided some funding to support this work.

The main goal of the CVSPS is to provide information to individuals, organizations, and policymakers in advocating for social planning strategies that will enhance the social, economic, and environmental health of all residents of the Comox Valley. The Comox Valley Accessibility Committee has been advocating on behalf of persons with disabilities since 1998.

“We look forward to enhancing this work. If a community is accessible for people with disabilities, it is accessible for all of us!” reads a press release sent out by CVSPS.

CVSPS bi-monthly meetings are open to anyone and are an opportunity for agencies, individuals, and local government representatives to share stories about the successes and challenges of developing such strategies. Its members have been involved in the Regional Growth Strategy, the CV Poverty Assessment and Reduction Strategy, Official Community Plan updates, Vital Signs reports, Living Wage campaign and many other community initiatives. The Comox Valley Social Planning Society is also a partner with the CV Community Health Network.

Its next meeting is a Brown Bag Lunch on Nov. 2 at 11:30 a.m. This networking meeting is an opportunity for organizations in the Comox Valley to share updates on the valuable work they are doing in our communities.

To become a member of the CVSPS mailing list and receive information about upcoming meetings and copies of the newsletter send a request to