Name of Town: Duncan, Cowhichan Valley,
Identifying key challenges across the social determinants of health, working under the Collective Impact Principles of Practice to facilitate depth and trust of the relationships with partners.
A Q&A with Cindy Lise and Cailey Foster of the Duncan CAT (Cowichan Valley Community Action Team).
“It’s not what we’ve done, it’s how. It’s about collaborating, teamwork, and relationship building that has brought so many resources to our community that didn’t exist before.” – Cindy Lise, CAT Coordinator
Members of the Community Action Initiative team sat down with Cindy Lise, CAT Coordinator and Facilitator, and Cailey Foster, Cowichan CAT Peer Coordinator, to discuss the evolution, learnings, and proud moments experienced while working with Duncan CAT. Here’s what they had to say.
For a Peer Coordinator, I would recommend being flexible. Every single person has so much to offer and a capacity to help. I haven’t met a person who doesn’t want to help. Let people take part on their terms, when they can, how they can. That might mean some days there’s no one, and that’s okay. Because other days, lots of people are ready and willing to take part.
Having a forum where we all meet together and learn about each other each month has been instrumental in building the knowledge, trust, and relationships required to work together. This has been challenging during COVID – not being able to meet in person – but we have kept up our monthly sessions throughout the pandemic. We’ve had over 40 community representatives on a single call.
Open your door – invite as many people on board as you can, with as many diverse perspectives. Because you learn from each other, and even though you may think somebody is an adversary or in a different place, it’s because of that you can learn. That is the way we can really accomplish great things.