In an effort to collaborate with the businesses, organizations and local government within our Community, this program would also like to collaborate with our neighbouring community of New Denver. The Slocan Valley and Kaslo and Area Chambers of Commerce are working with the BC Rural Centre, who have put together this "First Impressions" Program.
Here's BC Rural Centre explanation of the "First Impressions" Program:
All communities have difficulties viewing their surroundings as others see them—customers, visitors, potential residents, and potential businesses. Our views may be skewed by familiarization, a lack of differing perspectives and expectations, and a reluctance to be completely honest with our neighbors regarding difficult issues such as the appearance of buildings, customer service, or maintenance of public facilities.
The FIRST IMPRESSIONS community exchange program is designed to help communities learn about their strengths and shortcomings through the eyes of first-time visitors. FIRST IMPRESSIONS is a structured community assessment that offers a fresh perspective on the appearance, services and infrastructure of each community. Volunteer teams undertake unannounced visits, record observations, and give constructive feedback to the exchange community. Team members receive training and follow procedures and reporting guidelines using a response manual. Reports from the program are often used as part of broader community assessment or planning processes to inform community policy and action. Hundreds of communities across the U.S. and Canada have used and found value in similar programs. Please Read More
The BC Rural Centre is please to help organize a FIRST IMPRESSIONS community exchange, between the Villages of Kaslo and New Denver.