Sustainable Cities is helping the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) engage youth in their Official Community Plan Update. The Municipality has begun a broad-based participatory process to create a community driven Update that is in line with the municipality’s long range plan, Whistler 2020, and reflective of community needs. Youth is one demographic they want to hear from.
With support from the BC Real Estate Foundation, SC and the RMOW are engaging youth in mapping their local assets. The project was kicked off on September 25th and 26th with a two day workshop where youth leaders were trained in asset mapping techniques and an initial census of youth priorities was gathered. Chief among the concerns of the participating youth were 1) drug and alcohol use in public spaces; 2) conservation of wilderness areas and; 3) protection of places for outdoor recreation.
This project is part of a longer term goal of integrating the youth voice into the decision making processes at the Municipality. If this weekend’s workshop was any indication, the RMOW will benefit form the critical and forward thinking skills of its young citizens.