Name of Town: Nanaimo,
Innovative community-led projects through grant giving, and a medical outreach van. Community collaboration is the key.
A Q&A with Tanis Dagert of the Nanaimo CAT.
“Involve peers as soon as you can. It’s not easy work, but they are the ones who are connecting to people who use drugs in the community, and these are the people we’re trying to connect to and save,” – Tanis Dagert, CAT Facilitator
Members of the Community Action Initiative team sat down with Tanis Dagert, CAT facilitator to discuss the evolution, learnings, and proud moments experienced while working with the Nanaimo CAT. Here’s what she had to say.
We supported a peer-led group to start up a meal bag program, and they have totally blossomed. They are opening up a soup-kitchen, and working with city planners to set it up. It’s been pretty incredible, what a little bit of money can do.
Our work and engagement with PWLLE has evolved from peers doing a lot of the street outreach and harm reduction tasks. Peers are now looking toward other opportunities like communications, supporting other peers, and advocating. Some of the peers are working with a medical van.