Local Committees in British Columbia organize their first regional check-in!

“It was healthy for all of our committees to meet others from across the province, to learn best practices from each other in areas we need to work on, and, most importantly, to understand the strengths that make each BC WUSC local committee unique and powerful.”

Written by University of Victoria Local Committee member, Cecilia Rose.

On February 16th, 2013, the local committees of the University of BC, University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Vancouver Island University (VIU), Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the University of Victoria got together for what will hopefully become an annual regional meeting. As these local committees all traveled to our gracious host school, SFU, we weren’t sure what the day would hold; the only aspect we were certain of was the six discussion groups that were to be led by various leaders from the local committees. However, after arriving and conducting some fantastic ice-breakers, we realized that this regional meeting was not only desperately needed to revive important communication between the Local Committees, but that it was going to foster a lasting relationship between the British Columbia WUSC members.

Once the meeting broke up into discussion groups, it was immediately apparent that every university had something very valuable to offer to the meeting and that everyone had something to learn. After spending the morning discussing committee management, building connections on campus and in the community, and Student Refugee Program social support, we only briefly stopped for lunch before we launched back into the afternoon discussion sessions and further ice breakers (now not to break the ice, but because they were fun in the morning). In the afternoon, we broke into groups to talk about budgeting and finance, event planning, and strategies for effective committee meetings.

The flow of ideas and depth of the discussion exceeded our expectations for this regional meeting. It was healthy for all of our committees to meet other volunteers from across the province, to learn best practices from each other in areas we need to work on, and, most importantly, to understand the strengths that make each BC WUSC local committee unique and powerful. Here is to a successful first annual BC Regional Meeting!