The power of conversation and a learning organization

On May 15th, Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Community Services hosted a highly successful strategic business planning session. Wonderful in-put was gathered from over 60 participants who engaged in powerful conversations related to all aspects of the organization. Employees, volunteers, community stakeholders and board members actively participated in the day-long session focused on organizational health, service delivery, community connectedness and community presence. Board members Kelly Swift and Shelley Lycan hosted the event with Darren Watts, Wendy Kennedy, Laurie Northway, Jo-Anne Mackenzie, JoAnne White, Susan Gredley and Solita Stanley; who served as table facilitators. According to social services literature, “A learning organization must foster a climate of open communication and provide resources necessary for continuous education. Members must be open to the consideration of new and different ideas and methods, and leaders need to be personally and actively involved in maintaining the learning environment.” Based on the incredible discussions, insight and ideas that were shared throughout the day, our organization continues to develop itself as a learning organization – which supports our organization to build on successes, seek opportunities, adapt with community and environmental changes and remain vital in serving our community. I am very appreciative of everyone who participated in our planning day and helped make it a success. Your time and creative ideas guide us as a thriving organization. Vicki Kipps Executive Director