Young Adults - We Want to Hear Your Voices

In this season of Naramata Thanksgiving, I am thankful for many things: I am thankful that I serve a Society that values the voices of youth and young adults enough that they have designated spots on the Board specifically for young adults. I am thankful that I have been chosen by the Society members at our last AGM to serve as one of their young adult Board members. And I am thankful that through my role on the Board, I was able to attend a Work and Engagement Session at Naramata over Thanksgiving weekend. But I realize that many young adults are unable to manage the time and cost required to make a trip to Naramata, whether to attend a Work and Engagement Session, or to attend an AGM. But it is so important to me that the voices of youth and young adults not be lost. That's why I want to make sure you know about our next upcoming opportunity, which doesn't require travel and which we hope you will all be able to participate in - local engagement sessions across BC and Alberta (and further!) 

What are local engagement sessions, you are (hopefully) wondering? The Board wants as much input as possible on the purpose and future of Naramata Centre. We want to invite Naramata Centre friends of all ages, in communities across the country, to get together and collectively answer the same Engagement and Vision questions that we put to on-site work volunteers earlier this month. At this point everything is on the table for discussion – buildings, land, money, fundraising, programming, etc. But we alone, the Board, cannot answer all the important questions or solve the problem. We need your help in answering the question: “What is Naramata Centre called to be?”

So how can you get involved? There are three ways, listed in order from least commitment to the most - hopefully there will be an option that will work for you!

  1. Spread the word: The Board has contact information for many Naramata supporters, including young adults, but we know there are many we aren't connected with. If you know of anyone who would be interested in learning more or attending an engagement session, please pass the info on to them.
  2. Attend an engagement session: The list of engagement sessions scheduled so far are posted on our website. There are a few more in the works, and this information will be posted on the website as well as on our Facebook page as they are organized
  3. Help support an engagement session: Hosting an engagement session requires a facilitator, a note taker, not to mention the logistics of organizing a space, creating a welcoming environment, etc. If you are attending an event and want to get more involved, let us know - the facilitator is more than likely to welcome the extra assistance.

Don't see an engagement session in your community? It's not too late to host one yourself. Many youth and young adults in the Naramata community have had the chance to learn facilitation skills through the Centre, whether on Summer Staff, at Winter Session, or through participation in Centre programming. Now is a great opportunity to put those skills into practice! Just know that the Board needs the data from the engagement session before November 12.

If you have any questions or are interested in getting involved, please email me at naramatacentresociety@gmail.com.

Sarah Vollett
Secretary, Summer Staff and Winter Session Alumna, and Proud Naramata Centre Young Adult