The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Network is a group of local service providers, not-for-profit agencies, governments, business and community members. The Community Network brings members together for networking, capacity building and strategic planning. The goal of the network is to strengthen the availability and quality of services and resources for all community members to increase their capacity to improve their quality of life.
Community Network members work together for change, support neighbourhood and school initiatives, start community traditions, promote community-wide solutions, and share skills, experiences, and resources.
The Community Network meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Maple Ridge Library. Everyone is welcome! Coming out to a meeting is a great way to see what the Community Network is all about. No meeting in July, August, or December.
CN Coordinator Sunny Schiller, Womancare ED Heather McBride, Maple Ridge Councillor Ahmed Yousef, Ridge Meadows Seniors Society President Don Mitchell at the December 2018 CN Christmas Social.
Our Culture of Collaboration
The Community Network is an inclusive community organization with a long history of successful collaboration. The culture of “connectedness” that has developed amongst members has affected positive results through community-wide planning and the development of community-wide solutions.
Community Network members work with other members, outside organizations and other stakeholders to tackle social issues. “Working Committees” are formed to address specific needs as they arise. By working together groups can accomplish more than any one agency could on their own. In the last five years our working committees have brought more than $750,000 in funding into the community. These dollars provide free and low cost services, programs and resources for children, families and community members of all ages.
Below are some examples of Collaborative Practice through the sharing of resources and integrating resources to meet community needs:
- Research, Development and Implementation of Strategic Plans, and Operation of CN Working Committees.
- Support for the Alouette Home Start Society as the following programs were developed and implemented:
- Community Outreach Services for Homeless Population
- Iron Horse Youth Safe House
- Alouette Heights Supportive Housing
- The Neighbourhood HIVE at Eric Langton Elementary
- Neighbourhood School Gardens
- Neighbourhood Seed Grant Program
- Annual Community Resource Fair
- Community Network Mobile Program Van
- Community Health Indicator Research - 2002 & 2009 Snapshots
- RCMP Bar Watch Program – Pilot program
- RCMP Crisis Intervention Team
- Children’s Lunch Program at Elementary Schools
- Child & Youth Advocacy Centre 2013
- Community Chest Pilot Project 2013-14