Tell us about your partnerships
We have substantial partnerships with credit unions, non profit and cooperative housing development organizations, faith based organizations, community economic development and social enterprise stakeholders. Expressions of interest have also been made by local government representatives, foundations and individual philanthropists. A Steering Committee meets regularly to help direct development of the project from across these stakeholders. Vancity Credit Union has contributed start up financing and in kind support.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?
We have requests from Transition Towns, credit union, and local government organizations across Vancouver Island to share information on our model. We anticipate interest from other regions of BC.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
The Community Council is a leader in social innovation in the Capital Region with 75 years experience. It is also a key member of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, and the Cities Reducing Poverty Network nationally. The council is a dynamic incubator of socio-economic innovation in the region and leads the development of social entrepreneurship in Greater Victoria. The combination of staff expertise and volunteer-stakeholder engagement produces a flexible, inclusive and dynamic platform for social innovation.
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