APPI Council Candour
Over the weekend of January 26-27, APPI Council attended a number of meetings and events in Calgary, including an informal meet & greet with some of Calgary's planning students in EVDS and an Indigenous Awareness Training session. It was a great opportunity for Council to connect with APPI members (and prospective members!) from the Calgary area, and take the first step in moving forward with initiatives regarding indigenous planning and our relationship with indigenous peoples in the regions APPI represents.
Here are a few updates on things we have been doing on your behalf:
• Council discussed the annual Executive Director Review and would like to take this opportunity to thank MaryJane for her continued and tireless efforts to serve APPI.
• Council members also began looking introspectively at our own particular strengths, to identify options for us to improve our skills in key areas of governance. We will continue to assess our own effectiveness at the annual Council Retreat in May.
• In an effort to manage risk and promote the health and safety of our members and volunteers at APPI events, Council reviewed the first draft of our new Health and Safety Policy.
• There was a fulsome discussion on the results of the survey on APPI engagement with members outside of Calgary and Edmonton that was sent out at the end of 2017. Thank you to all those who completed the survey and provided comments – the feedback and suggestions are great! Council looks forward to responding to your feedback and taking action to improve our services and engagement with rural and northern members over the coming months.
• The first APPI webinar took place December 7 and the feedback was very positive. We are excited to offer more webinars moving forward!
• APPI administration continues to communicate with the Provincial Government in regards to the expiration of the legislation that governs planners in Alberta. We are hopeful that a resolution will be found in the very near future, but we may call on APPI members for your support if additional pressure is required – stay tuned!
• Following the Indigenous Awareness Training session, Council brainstormed and discussed ways to move forward with what we learned.
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Lastly, a reminder that the call for presenters at the 2018 APPI conference is out and the deadline is February 18, 2018. More info here
If you have an idea or question that you’d like to bring to APPI Council’s attention, we would be pleased to consider it and get back to you – please contact the office at [email protected].