Community Inspiration Project
The FGCA is currently working on the Community Inspiration Project (CIP), an asset-mapping project for the Fairfield Gonzales neighbourhood. Our goal is to collect, from residents and visitors, a list of the various assets we have in our community (which we call sources of inspiration) & hear why they are valued.
Here is what the map looks like!
And here are the first results of the project!
To know more about the project:
Sources of inspiration received so far include natural spots like Gonzales Beach, Beacon Hill Park, or particular entry points to the ocean to community groups like November Project Victoria who meets every Wednesday morning at 6:29am outside the Beacon Hill Park Petting Zoo or the Dallas Road running group who meets 8am on Saturdays at Clover point. The responses came from people across the lifespan, including sources of inspiration which children showed to their parents (including the wonderful Dragon Sculpture found at Dallas Road!)
We would love to know: What are your sources of inspiration in Fairfield and Gonzales?
The Community Inspiration Map has five different icons on it representing the different types of assets that we call ‘sources of inspirations’ in our community, they are:
Green = Natural assets; they are the things we have in our natural environment that inspire us – like our water availability, trees, gardens, wildlife, fertile soil, etc. These sources of inspiration are too a source of gratitude for a place we are fortunate to visit our call home!
Blue = Built assets; they are the physical structures like buildings and public infrastructure (recreational facilities, water infrastructure, community sites, etc.) that deliver good vibes filled with community inspiration!
Yellow = Social assets; they are the values and culture of the community, including traditions and attitudes of sharing, cooperation, and mutual support. These identified sources of inspiration help to cultivate a sense of community and belonging for residents of or visitors to our neighbourhoods.
Red = Economic assets; they are Economic assets are the jobs and businesses which provide livelihoods. These assets not only deliver us valued services, they do so with a touch of community inspiration!
Purple = Public Service or intangible assets; these assets are a combination of medical and educational services such as health care, schools, municipal services, and others provided by governments/organizations + undiscovered or underutilized skills, expertise, and willingness to volunteer and participate in working toward common goals. Together, these sources of inspiration help to keep our ‘sense-of-community-wheel’ spinning!
Each source of inspiration identified has a description of why it is inspirational for our community. We encourage you to read these descriptions and let us know your thoughts about why this source of inspiration is so inspirational for you by sending us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org – we love building the community inspiration story!
Engage with the map – get creative, the possibilities are endless! You can plan and run events and/or activities with the map, organize interpretive walks &/or scavenger hunts, or simply send us a selfie in front of your source of inspiration + a description why it is inspirational for you!
Want to partner with us on our map to organize events or activities for the community? Nominate an asset, local business, or community champion that provides you with your source of inspiration? Or simply create your own asset-map for your community?
Questions? Comments? : email@example.com
Sources of inspiration received so far include natural spots like Gonzales Beach, Beacon Hill Park, or particular entry points to the ocean to community groups like November Project Victoria who meets every Wednesday morning at 6:29am outside the Beacon Hill Park Petting Zoo or the Dallas Road running group who meets 8am on Saturdays at Clover point.The responses came from people across the lifespan, including sources of inspiration which children showed to their parents (including the wonderful Dragon Sculpture found at Dallas Road!)
Some responses so far:
The Sequoiadendron at the corner of Richardson & Moss
“Every time I walk by it I get warm and fuzzy” ~ George
Ross Bay Cemetery
“A historical sight that has Emily Carr’s grave. It’s fun to count the deer; however, they are too comfortable around humans” ~ Courtney
Fairfield Food Forest
“This forest serves as a positive symbol for our community; demonstrating equity and sustainability that are possible in our community. We need more projects like this. ~ Khalilah