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Posted: January 16, 2023

Basin residents invited to share input on future of region

Trust starting community engagement in April; residents asked to imagine their future

Columbia Basin Trust (the Trust) is inviting you to have your say about the future of the Columbia Basin region. You will soon be able to share your ideas as the Trust travels throughout the region to meet with you, listen to your input, and plan together for the future.

The Trust was established in 1995 to support efforts by the people of the Basin to create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well-being in this region. Its activities are guided by the Columbia Basin Management Plan, developed based on public input from residents.

“This is an opportunity for everyone who lives in the Basin to share your perspective on how we can realize an even better future for this incredible region,” said Johnny Strilaeff, Columbia Basin Trust President and Chief Executive Officer. “I am so pleased to invite residents to the conversations that will determine how the Trust can best support communities in the future. We all have a stake in this as residents, and that’s why we call this process Our Trust, Our Future.”

The Trust is offering many ways for residents to provide input, including in-person open houses and facilitated conversations in more than 20 communities. These events in April and May are opportunities to explore your vision for your community and the region as a whole, with your family, friends, neighbours and Trust Board and staff. There will also be virtual meetings and an online survey available.

In May and June, the Trust will present the common themes from resident feedback at three large regional events in Cranbrook, Trail and Golden. These symposia will bring Basin residents together to celebrate the region and create a further opportunity to discuss the themes that emerged from the earlier engagement. The symposia will feature local food, visual art and music from Basin creators and entertainers, and an exciting keynote speaker—a well-known Canadian personality that will be announced at a later date.

The Trust strives to host inclusive, barrier-free and accessible events, and encourages residents to reach out with any questions.

Get ready to have your say, save the date for your local community meeting and learn more about Our Trust, Our Future at ourtrust.org/future. This is your Trust, this is your future, and the Trust can’t write it without you.

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit ourtrust.org or call 1-800-505-8998.

 Lead image: Columbia Basin Trust wants to hear your vision for the future of the region. Columbia Basin Trust photo


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