Governance and Relationship Building

In March of this year, BC public library trustees and library directors were asked for their input and direction regarding a possible workshop focused on building and strengthening BC public library governance relationships with local municipal, regional, and First Nation governments.

The “Governance and Relationship Building” workshops are a direct result of that input and direction. The workshops are for trustees, library directors, and their invited guests.*

Dates and locations are finalized and we continue to add guest speakers to the day. Watch for updates in the Bulletin and on this page.

While these are regional workshops, it can be expected that the speakers will most likely be from the community that the workshop is in. The information and expertise that they share will spark and inform the real work of the day – your shared discussions and action planning grounded in the context of your communities and public libraries.


Workshop Outline (high level!)
9:15Doors Open
9:30Welcome
9:45 to 2:45Speakers and Round Table Discussions
2:45 to 3:15Next Steps: Planning Tool for Relationship Building
3:15 to 3:30Closing Thoughts and Appreciations

There will be breaks and lunch! 

Round Table Discussions

1. Why is relationship building part of governance? How is it different from operational partnerships? How does it complement or align with operational partnerships? What difference does it make to the public library and to the community? 

2. How is your governance team currently strengthening or building relationships with local municipal, regional, and First Nation governments? What is working? What would you like to see different? 

3. What does your governance team need for building or strengthening relationships? What might be the role of others, such as the Federations, the BCLTA, the Association of BC Public Library Directors, and the Public Libraries Branch, in supporting this governance work? 


Guest Speakers

For the June 4th workshop in Vancouver we will hear from:

Commissioner Stuart Mackinnon, Chair of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and member of the Vancouver Public Library Board, who will speak to reconciliation and the Stanley Park Intergovernmental Committee

Councillor Nadine Nakagawa from New Westminster, Councillor Pete Fry from Vancouver, and Councillor Megan Curren from the District of North Vancouver District. The Councillors will share with us what drew them to become involved in local government, the goals and priorities of their communities, their role in strengthening the relationship between the library and the city, and their thoughts on the impact of the library in their community.

Jehan Casey, Director of the First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS) who will speak to the work and priorities of the FNPSS and their membership. From their website, “The primary purpose of FNPSS is to create and implement a collective plan to support BC First Nation communities and organizations across the core public service sectors as they pursue excellence in their own governments and administrations.” Read more at https://fnps.ca/.

Ginger Gosnell-Myers, a Fellow with the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue with a focus on decolonization and urban Indigenous planning, will be joining us to deliver the opening keynote for our day of learning. Ginger has received many awards and national recognition for her work as the City of Vancouver’s first Indigenous Relations Manager and for her groundbreaking work on the Environics Institute’s Urban Aboriginal People’s Study. Please read Ginger’s bio on the Wosk Centre for Dialogue website and join us in welcoming her to our day of learning. 

The June 11th workshop in Prince George is postponed.

For the June 11th workshop in Prince George we will hear from:

Councillor Garth Frizzel, City of Prince George, who will speak to his experience as President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), his thoughts on the role of public libraries, and about the FCM Building Back Better Together report and recommendations which highlighted the importance of strengthening social infrastructure and specifically mentioned libraries. 

Jehan Casey, Director of the First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS) who will speak to the work and priorities of the FNPSS and their membership. From their website, “The primary purpose of FNPSS is to create and implement a collective plan to support BC First Nation communities and organizations across the core public service sectors as they pursue excellence in their own governments and administrations.” Read more at https://fnps.ca/.

Councillor Terri McConnachie, City of Prince George, will share with us what drew her to become involved in local government, her experience of being a Councillor on the Prince George Public Library Board, and her thoughts on the impact of the library in the community.

The President of the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) and City of Quesnel Councillor Laurey-Anne Roodenburg who will speak to the work and priorities of the UBCM and her role as a City Councillor.

Tracy Calogheros, CEO of Exploration Place and recipient of the Outstanding Career Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Science Centres will be joining us to share the story of relationship developed between Exploration Place and the Lheidli T’enneh Nation.

The Canadian Association of Science Centres noted that “Tracy is a leader in the areas of Reconciliation, repatriation, and relationship-building with Indigenous peoples. She has carefully and respectfully built a strong relationship of trust and friendship with the Lheidli T’enneh Nation, an example of how a regional institution can think, work with, and represent the First Nation on whose territory it is located.”

Marcel Gagnon, Lheidli T’enneh Elder and award-winning singer-songwriter will bring us back to our work after the lunch break with music and time to set our intentions for the afternoon. 


Dates, Locations, and Registration

For BCLTA in-person workshops participants are expected to adhere to public health restrictions and to the health protocols of the venue provider. As well, we ask that participants be responsible and considerate in being aware of their health and well-being and the health and well-being of other participants.

Vancouver

Creston

  • September 24th (TBC), as part of the Kootenay Library Federation Conference
  • Watch for details later this summer

Email Babs Kelly, BCLTA Director of Learning and Development to plan a “Governance and Relationship Building” workshop in your region.

*Please register invited guests through the online registration form and indicate who they are a guest of and where to send the invoice.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British
Columbia through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.