Board Mid-January Update

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break, enjoying family and friends and the spirit of the season.

Refugee update

There was a great deal of interest in the Centre’s offer to provide short-term accommodation for up to four Syrian refugee families in partnership with volunteers in Naramata Village and the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services Society. We are still waiting to hear from the Federal government whether refugees will be coming to Naramata. We will let you know as soon as we have any news.

Looking to the future

After taking time to celebrate Christmas, the board is hard at work developing an operating plan to be reviewed by both BC Conference and our membership in the spring.

While we have not yet made the decision to re-open, it has been suggested by many that if Naramata Centre is to succeed in any plan to re-open that providing access to the Centre in the summer of 2016 is very important. As our Board considers a future for Naramata Centre, we have decided to invite back past participants and new folks to the Centre this summer from May 28 to October 15. The invitation will include opportunities to rent accommodations or space in the camp ground for a week at a time.  We won’t be providing food services.

We also want the people who return to the Centre this summer to be able to experience spiritual growth and community once again at Naramata. Part of what we all received from the Centre was the opportunity to explore and grow spiritually, which in the past was generated by learning experiences and a strong sense of a safe, caring community.  We are currently exploring options for providing access to programs to achieve this goal.

Stay connected

We have a Board meeting at the end of January where will be finalizing plans for 2016. In February we will provide more information about both our short and long term plans - please stay tuned! If you aren't already subscribed to our email newsletter, please click:  SIGN UP HERE to ensure you receive our updates as soon as they are available.



 



For Your Interest: Where Local Engagement Sessions Were Hosted

Here is a list of the Local Engagement Sessions which occurred across BC and Alberta and beyond in October and November.

Board members, work weekend volunteers, members and Naramata Centre supporters participated in the local engagement sessions. Thanks to all for being present to the discussion and part of the work, helping to discern the future of the Naramata Centre site and Society. Over 270 people participated in these sessions or by sending us individual or small group submissions 

  • Salmon Arm, BC: October 18
  • Bowen Island, BC: October 28
  • St. Albert, AB: November 1
  • Toronto, ON: November 1
  • Vancouver, BC: November 1
  • Calgary, AB: November 2
  • Naramata Centre, BC: October 1, 3, 10 & 17
  • Kelowna, BC: November 6
  • Abbotsford, BC: November 8
  • Calgary, BC: November 8
  • Delta, BC: November 8
  • Grand Prairie, AB: November 8
  • Nanaimo, BC: November 8
  • Red Deer, AB: November 8
  • Victoria, BC: November 8
  • Edmonton, AB: November 11
  • Surrey, BC: November 11

November 2015 Board Update

You can also read this post at this link: Naramata Centre E-News

It was a lovely fall weekend in Naramata when your Board gathered, Nov 20-22, to explore possibilities for the future. Please read on for information and updates about Engagement Session ResultsShort and Long Term ApproachesRefugee Response, and 2016 AGM Dates.

 

ENGAGEMENT SESSION RESULTS

Over 270 people in 20 local engagement sessions told us what they thought.  And we used this information to guide our thinking and planning for the future.  

Given the enthusiastic response we received from you, the Board is keen to move forward towards re-opening the Centre,  if a sustainable financial model can be found to do so . The next step is developing a financially viable operating plan that ensures meaningful activities and experiences for people who attend the Centre.

We spent time at this meeting focussing on the core purpose of the Centre using the feedback you provided in the engagement sessions. Please see the summary of these results posted on the Board’s blog November 25th: http://www.naramatacentresociety.org/blog/2015/11/25/results-from-the-engagement-sessions

SHORT AND LONG TERM APPROACHES

As a managing board with no employees our work is always a combination of taking care of day to day tasks to ensure the ongoing well being of the Centre as well as long term planning for the future.  

We have been working to reduce costs at the Centre. The expenses and revenues are much less than they were when the Centre was operating and we have reduced our costs to match our much reduced revenues.  For 2016 we have a ways to go in having revenues match expenditures and will be working on options for generating revenue while we develop an operating plan for consideration by BC Conference and our members.

As suggested by many of you in the engagement sessions we have been looking at what we can learn from other retreat centres in various countries in addition to Canada.  Our thanks to Dr. Janet Groen of the University of Calgary for her help with this work. Each of the retreat Centres have a unique history and quite different operating models. As we move through development of an operating plan we will be drawing on the information from these other centres to help guide us.

We spent time understanding in depth our buildings and land, including our sewage system, examining the strengths and weaknesses of each building.  Our thanks to Craig Burns and Robin Robertson for sharing their expertise with us. As a number of you said it is important for the board to identify which buildings are central to our ongoing purpose as well as identifying which land or buildings may be surplus and can be used to generate revenue by being leased or sold.

We spent time understanding a variety of tools which could possibly assist us in developing an operating model such as cooperatives, Community Contribution companies, social enterprise, partnerships with businesses, fractional ownership and fund raising.

Our goal in creating an operating plan for review by BC Conference and our membership is to describe what we want the Centre to be providing in 5 years and how we will be providing that with milestones to be achieved for each year of that 5 year plan.  If we are able to re-open we know we have to start small and revenues must match expenditures in each year of operation within the 5 year plan.  We are excited about the possibilities. Between now and our January meeting we will be doing in depth research on the available tools and developing two options for an operating plan for the future. At our January meeting we will finalize the draft operating plan for initial review by BC Conference in February. 

REFUGEE RESPONSE

Many of our society members, Centre supporters, local residents and other neighbours near and far have wondered about using Naramata Centre as a place for housing. Please read our blog post of Nov 24, sharing our decision to support help for Syrian refugees: http://www.naramatacentresociety.org/blog/2015/11/24/naramata-centre-society-responds-to-help-syrian-refugees

28 MAY 2016 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

We have set Saturday May 28 as the date for our Annual General meeting. Thank you to all of you who have joined as members of the society. If you want to be able to participate in the AGM as a voting member and have not already joined, please do so by the end February to meet the requirement of having been a member for three months prior to the AGM. Join the Society at this link: http://www.naramatacentresociety.org/membership/


We look forward to sharing our progress with you in the coming months.

 

The Board team

 

Doug Woollard, Kathy Hamilton, Sarah Vollett, Dhane Merriman, Tressa Brotsky, Jeremy Church, Pam Rinehart, Norma Fraser, Jenne Newman, Barb Hatfield, Mandy Roberston, Gordon How (BC Conference Rep)

Results from the Engagement Sessions

Thank you to all those who hosted local engagement sessions across BC, Alberta and Toronto! We are very grateful for your support and could not have done it without you. There were 20 public sessions and a number of individual submissions. Over 270 people participated providing us with valuable feedback about a possible future for Naramata Centre. 

Once we received all the feedback (thank you note takers!) we analysed the data using a theme analysis. We asked you what we should keep doing. From the theme analysis the six strongest themes, in order of priority, of what Naramata Centre should keep being were:

  • Continue to be a place of Spiritual nurture, growth and transformation
  • A caring community which creates the space for growth by being a physically and emotionally safe place for children, youth and adults to risk and grow
  • Providing leadership training for youth, clergy and lay leaders in the church
  • Music and the arts as an integral part of the Naramata experience
  • Providing intergenerational programming, and
  • Child and youth programming

We asked you what should change at the Centre. Overall there was a strong appetite for change with many suggestions.  The top six themes for change, in order of priority, were:

  • Don’t hold to how summer programs were done in the past
  • Change the way people are fed when they attend the Centre
  • Improve the marketing and advertising for the Centre
  • Change the staffing and business model
  • Don’t try to be all things to all people
  • Reduce the amount of land used for Centre programming

We asked you who else we should call to be involved in this work. The top six themes in order of priority were:

  • Learn from other spiritual retreat and arts centres
  • Partner with Universities and Colleges who would provide courses on the Centre site
  • Continue the truth and reconciliation process with First Nations
  • Create partnerships with the local community and businesses in Naramata
  • Have a “trade work for time” volunteer approach at Naramata Centre
  • A temporary place for refugees or the homeless

Lastly we asked you for your ideas for the next steps. There were fewer ideas presented and less agreement about which should be a priority.  The top four themes in order of priority were:

  • Expand and upgrade the campground opening to the public in shoulder season
  • Reconcile our land and building assets with our needs
  • Restore hosted programs for year round sustainable income with organizations which share the Centre’s values
  • Contract for food services when needed

The feedback was rich and sometimes contradictory. Most of the people who attended had strong connections to the Centre often speaking of profound positive changes in their lives made because they attended the Centre.

We heard that we need to do a better job of communicating to all people who are interested, particularly those who do not use social media or visit our website.  Watch for changes in how we communicate with you.

We value the time you took to be part of this and will use the information in building our plan for the future. Given the enthusiastic response we received from you, the Board is keen to move forward towards re-opening the Centre, if a sustainable financial model can be found to do so. The next step is developing a financially viable operating plan that ensures meaningful activities and experiences for people who attend the Centre.

Doug Woollard
Board Chair

Naramata Centre Society Responds to Help Syrian Refugees

Naramata Centre Society has been asked to assist Syrian refugees coming to Canada by providing short term housing. We are currently working with South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS) and local volunteers to determine if Naramata Centre facilities can be used to house 3 to 4 refugee families as part of the Government’s effort to bring Syrian refugees to Canada. We are pleased to be able to help by working with others in the community to assist in the response to one of the largest refugee crises in recent memory. 

Should the Federal Government decide to bring refugees to the South Okanagan the Naramata Centre Society would be participating in this partnership by providing much needed housing.  SOICS and volunteers from Naramata village will be providing the direct support to the refugees. We will provide updates as we learn more about what is happening, and the role we may play in assisting these families. 

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

Thank You!

First, I want to say a GIANT thank you to all the people who came to our three work weekends at the Centre. The amount of work you did was amazing and so helpful. It really made a difference!  It was equally important to hear from all of you about the future of the Centre.  We heard many great ideas and some consistent themes started to emerge.  Many believe the Centre, as a place of spiritual nurture and renewal still holds true; a place for education, personal growth and transformation with strong connections to the United Church.

What is less clear is how we do that. The possible operating model for the Centre is still to be determined. We heard many ideas for the operating model in the sessions in Naramata and the local session in Salmon Arm.  One suggestion which was repeated regularly was to pick one thing and do it well, not to be all things to all people.  We want your help in discerning that.  Many people have stepped up and agreed to host local engagement sessions across BC and Alberta. So far we have one completed and 9 scheduled http://www.naramatacentresociety.org/local-engagement-sessions/ with more coming.  When sessions are held in our home communities, board members will attend and help facilitate. We have very limited funds so we are relying on you donating your time to host and participate in the local engagement sessions. 

Many people contacted us, when we were registering people for the work weekends that wanted to attend but could not. Please come out and share your thoughts at a local engagement session. We have had the feedback that people need more notice to be able to attend the work weekends and local sessions.  As volunteers we are working to a very tight timeline. Our goal is to make the decision about whether we remain closed and dispose of the Centre property or whether the Centre can open in a new way, presenting our decision and plan to BC Conference and the Annual General meeting of the Naramata Centre society membership next spring. Between now and then we need to finish hearing from you; develop a viable operating plan based on your feedback; make decisions about the land and buildings; create a long term plan; and, consult and reach agreement with BC Conference.  

We are up for this task! But we cannot do it without you. If you have already given us your thoughts, thank you. If not, please come out to a local engagement session. If there is no session near you consider hosting one. It can be as simple as gathering a few friends at your home. You can also use our idea generator on the website at http://www.naramatacentresociety.org/invest/ to give us your thoughts.

Thanks again for your support.

Doug Woollard

Board chair

Engagement: On-site, and Coming Soon to your own community.

A very diverse group of 23 people came together to work and share their ideas during the first Naramata Centre Work and Engagement Weekend. We had two people from outside Naramata who had never been to the Centre for a program before, who came because they wanted to help. We had a person from Naramata village who had no previous connection and was new to the village donate his time and vehicle for two days to help with the work. We had long time participants and former staff come to work, share and celebrate the past. One person came all the way from Grand Prairie!

Work & Engagement Weekend One volunteers at the Job Board.

Work & Engagement Weekend One volunteers at the Job Board.

Our weekend started early on Thursday evening when we hosted a meeting for Naramata Village residents to keep them informed about what we as a board are doing, answer their questions,and hear their ideas about the future. For those who could arrive early, the work weekend started Friday afternoon. We gathered in the chapel Friday night to express our gratitude for what the Centre has been in the past, and start the conversation about a possible future. 

Evening Engagement Session with the Volunteers

Evening Engagement Session with the Volunteers

Everyone went to work Saturday morning on the many tasks necessary to get Naramata Centre ready for winter. It was comforting to know that there are two more weekends to follow and that we did not have to get everything done ourselves. For those coming next, don’t worry, there is lots to do! The number of tasks can be a bit overwhelming but once we got down to work and focussed on the present, and the task at hand, whether that was gardening, cleaning or moving furniture, it felt great to be contributing.

It was quite amazing how much work was completed. Together we created community and had great discussions about possibilities for the future with lots of insightful ideas and outside the box thinking. The bookstore was open and well used by participants (and will be open at our next two work weekends, and also open to Village residents). Thanks to everyone who came to work and share their ideas!!

Kids helping to clean the Chapel at Naramata Centre Society Work & Engagement Weekend One.

Kids helping to clean the Chapel at Naramata Centre Society Work & Engagement Weekend One.

We learned a lot from this first weekend and will be taking the feedback we received and using it to improve the experience for the two remaining weekends. We plan to use what we learned about how to have the discernment conversation when we provide similar opportunities in communities across BC and Alberta, called Local Engagement Sessions, about a possible future for Naramata Centre. One of the things we learned is that people are keen to talk about a possible future. 

Look for information the upcoming Local Engagement Sessions in your community, coming soon. If you would like to help organize a Local Engagement Session in the last week of October or first week in November,  to engage your community in discussions about the possible future of Naramata Centre, please contact us at: naramatacentresociety@gmail.com with the subject line: Local Engagement Session.

Doug Woollard
Board Chair

The Centre of Attention

That's the beautiful and astute title of this piece, written by the Editor of My Naramata, an online community hub of news and information for the village of Naramata. Thank you, Deb!

Click on the link here "The Centre of Attention" to read the full article.

"Fall at Naramata Work Weekend". This stunning photo is by Sheila Woolard, Work & Engagement Weekend One participant. Thank you, Sheila!

"Fall at Naramata Work Weekend". This stunning photo is by Sheila Woolard, Work & Engagement Weekend One participant. Thank you, Sheila!

To see and read more information updates on our work weekends, check out our Facebook page too!

Getting together with Neighbours

Today, I posted the announcement below, to MyNaramata.com. It might be a couple of days before it's live on the website (MyNaramata.com is an amazing hub of moderated information about what's happening in the Village, be sure to check it out), so here's the announcement now. Go ahead and forward this blog post to anyone you think needs to know about our invitation to the Local Community & Businesses of Naramata Village. Thanks for helping to get the word out!

Dear Naramata Village residents and businesses,

YOU ARE WARMLY INVITED
On October 1st please join our board chair Doug Woollard, and board member Jeremy Church, for a conversation about "Naramata Centre”. We want your input and ideas as we think and act our way toward a new future. What is Naramata Centre called to be?

Naramata Centre Engagement Evening
1 October 2015 (Thursday)
7pm in the Chalmers Chapel

In June 2015 at the Naramata Centre Annual General Meeting, the Naramata Centre Society elected a new board of directors. With the Centre closed, this board operates as a management board, and our primary tasks are to secure the Naramata Centre property site and to discern the future of the Naramata Centre. There are 11 members on the board of directors from BC and Alberta; we are all volunteers. You can find out more about the members of the board on our website: Click here! Board Team

SOCIETY WORK & ENGAGEMENT WEEKENDS
The board is looking at October as a full month of Thanksgiving, and we’re enabling volunteers from the Naramata Centre Society and it’s supporters, to come ready the the Centre for winter in the spirit of gratitude and community. This will happen over 3 weekends in October, called Work & Engagement Weekends. Folks are traveling from across BC and Alberta, and from right up the street, to volunteer and participate. Their work will be to care for the site, and to engage in important conversations about the purpose and future of the Naramata Centre Society. Local residents are very welcome to join any of the 3 Work & Engagement Weekends as well. Full information on the Work & Engagement Weekends is on our website: Click here! Sign up is required, to help organize the job board. 

STAYING CONNECTED
Here are a number of ways for you to stay informed about the work and progress of the Naramata Centre Society:

We look forward to hosting you in Chalmers Chapel at 7:00 pm on Oct 1st!

Tressa  Brotsky, 
Executive Board Member, Communications Lead

 

 

Work + Engagement Weekend SIGN UP IS OPEN!

Click here for all the details, and sign up forms!

As announced in late-August, the board of directors is pleased to invite the supporters and members of Naramata Centre Society into a month of giving thanks for Naramata Centre!  In August, we invited you to save the dates, and help spread the word of our coming Work & Engagement Sessions. Now, we are ready for you sign up to come - join us at the Centre.

The general information on the October 2015 Work and Engagement page pertains to each of the Work and Engagement weekends. Following the general information, you'll see three separate sign up links. There is one link for each unique date of each Work & Engagement Weekend.

Please read all of the general information carefully before signing up for the weekend of your choosing. Many questions are answered in the information contained on the website and sign up forms.

On behalf of Jenne, Jeremy, Pam, and Barb
(we are the board Engagement Task Group),
and with great anticipation and appreciation,

~ Tressa
Board member, communications lead


Report from the Board

Your board of directors met on the weekend of August 14-16 at Naramata Centre. At this meeting we welcomed a new board member, Rev. Gordon How who has been appointed as an ex-officio member by BC Conference. 

The board team gathered around the Light of Christ. August 2015.

The board team gathered around the Light of Christ. August 2015.

Although most of us had been to the Centre since the closure it was a strange feeling to be there without staff and participants in the middle of August. We appreciated the presence of the tenants who provide some sense of life and activity for the place. Many of the board have long associations with the Centre in multiple roles as summer staff, winter session and program participants.  Returning to the Centre property brought back many fond memories for us when we walked the Centre grounds on Friday night.  But then it was time to look to the future. 

We worked on how, as a management board, we would govern ourselves and have developed a good understanding of what needs to come to the full board, and what can be delegated to task groups who are given a mandate by the full board to act. In addition to our executive, we established task groups to achieve the work goals we set for the next 6 months.  The work is a mix of maintaining the site and future planning. The task groups are focused on:

  1. Ongoing site maintenance
  2. Research and planning for future site use
  3. Engagement with members and supporters about the future, both on the Naramata site and in your communities
  4. Working with volunteers – How do we recruit and support volunteers to help with a variety of tasks
  5. Communication with all who have an interest in the Centre

The Board spent time determining how we will run our meetings. We will be using a consent agenda approach to ensure all voices are heard while we move forward with our agenda. Most of us did not know each other before we joined the board so we spent time getting to know one another and, in true Naramata fashion, started to build a community.

We spent time giving our answers to the questions:

“What are you looking for and how is Naramata Centre uniquely positioned to meet that need”
“What is Naramata Centre Society called to be?”

Most importantly we decided we need to come and speak with you about the future of the Centre and we will be developing an approach to do just that in late October in communities in BC and Alberta.  Watch for more details in the coming weeks.

We are also inviting you to come to the Centre to help get the site ready for winter.  You have likely already seen the note announcing the dates on three consecutive weekends October 3 - 4; 10-12; and, 17-18. Board members will be on hand each weekend to help organize the work parties and engage in conversation about the future. The Bookstore will open briefly each weekend for your purchases. 

We worshipped together, ate together, did our own dishes and washed our own bedding.  The task ahead for all of us, determining the future of Naramata Centre Society is one filled with opportunity and hard work.  We alone as the Board cannot achieve this goal. We must hear from you who care about the future of the Centre. We need your help in answering the question “what is Naramata Centre called to be?”

Doug Wollard
Board chair

Sunday worship, lyrics of Nancy Nordlie, "Peace Is the Wholeness". August 2015

Sunday worship, lyrics of Nancy Nordlie, "Peace Is the Wholeness". August 2015

Follow your heart to Naramata Centre

The board of directors are pleased invite supporters and members of Naramata Centre Society into a month of giving THANKS for Naramata Centre! 

For all that the Centre has offered over the decades, it now needs our loving attention, hard work and important conversations heading as we look ahead to the winter season. The board is excited to arrange 3 Work & Engagement Weekends at the Naramata Centre site during the month of October 2015. Different members of the board will be present at each weekend, and will host a pot-luck meal with intentional conversation each weekend about the future of Naramata Centre, for all volunteers who are present.

Read more about this invitation in our latest e-News. Click here!

6 Weeks On

We have been together as a Board for 6 weeks now. It has been an active summer for your Board with much work done on behalf of the Society.

It was very clear to the Board, from the those who spoke at the Society AGM in late June, that people wanted the opportunity to renew their memberships in the Naramata Centre Society as soon as possible so they would have a voice in the future of the Centre and we have worked quickly to do that. We are thrilled that over 100 people have already signed up as members!

As we heard at the AGM the Society's finances are not in good shape which is why we chose to charge a fee for membership this year. The funds will be used to support communication and engagement with our members.

We are working on plans to engage the members of the Society and our many supporters this fall to get people’s input on the future of the Centre. At the same time we are working hard to reduce the ongoing costs of the Centre site so we can have a balanced budget while the Centre remains closed. Reducing costs and organizing the maintenance of the site is consuming significant time and energy on the part of our volunteer board. Watch for opportunities, in the coming weeks, for volunteers to help us maintain the property and buildings.  Once we have secured the site and buildings for winter we will be able focus our energy on the future of the Centre without incurring further debt.

In the fall we will be inviting our membership and supporters to dream, vision, and plan for the future of Naramata Centre Society alongside the Board. Many of you have already made suggestions to us about what the future might be for the Centre. Thank you very much for your commitment to the Centre and the ideas you’ve brought forward. We are collecting those ideas as we receive them.

We would welcome your participation in creating a vision for the future!

Currently we are welcoming people who donate to the Centre monthly to continue to do so.  We very much appreciate your donations. These funds are being used to maintain the Centre buildings and property. We welcome additional donations for this purpose. As we begin the dialogue with you to discern the future of the Society and the Centre any potential additional fund raising will only come after there is a clear future and plan for the Centre.

Doug Woollard,
Board chair

Donate to the upkeep of the Centre

PHOTO CREDIT O. law

PHOTO CREDIT O. law

The Centre is closed with no plans (yet) to re-open, and no plans (yet) to let go of property, and no plans (yet) for anything in between. There is still much to ascertain, and all of you to hear from. We are working on best ways to vision for the future and invite our passionate community into the process. It is still too soon to know what the future of Naramata Centre's physical site will hold. 

What we do know is that the Society has very few sources of revenue, yet ongoing expenses remain - particularly onerous are those related to the upkeep and security of the physical Centre site. Our Board's Volunteers and Site Management task groups are working out ways to best utilize volunteer efforts to bring costs down. The entire Board team is working to dramatically reduce our cash outlay in every area possible. 

Monetary donations to help cover the Centre's ongoing expenses are appreciated. During this time of purposeful dormancy, your donation will not be used to restart operations, or as seed money for future operations. Instead, it will be strictly used to help ensure the Centre at Naramata remains cared for as our visioning process unfolds. 

 


Can I come camp? And other Q & As from the Board Team

Hello from your Naramata Centre Society Board
Since the Annual General Meeting in June (2015) we have had a number of questions and requests for information from members and supporters of the Centre.  As a new Board we are working hard to develop our future direction and ensure the Centre, while closed, is safe and well cared for.  Below you will find the most commonly asked questions and answers to those questions.

Can I come and camp or stay at the Centre this summer?
No. The Centre remains closed and we will not be offering any services or accommodation as we are in a period of transition and discernment over what the future will be for Naramata Centre. This summer the Centre will not be open for camping or vacation rental.

How can I help care for the Centre?
Many people have volunteered to help maintain the Centre. We thank you and appreciate your desire and willingness to help with the ongoing work on the Centre site. Right now, we are currently assessing the work to be done and planning the best approach. Over the remaining weeks of the summer we will be reaching out to members and supporters with opportunities to share in the care of the Centre and to help us with discerning the future of the Society. If you’d like to be one of those who we reach out to,  please be sure that you have signed up for our emails by clicking here.

Can I rent accommodation at the Centre?
No. We currently have tenants living on the Centre property and we appreciate the contribution they make in keeping the site safe. However, as we move through this period of transition and discernment we have decided not to expand the number of accommodations we rent.

How can I participate in determining the future of the Centre?
Many of you have made suggestions to us about what the future might be for the Centre. Thank you very much for your commitment to the Centre and the ideas you’ve brought forward. One of our immediate goals is to launch a new membership process, as memberships for all annual members expired at the last AGM, so you can expect to hear more about this process very soon. Over the remaining weeks of the summer we will be reaching out to members and supporters with opportunities to share in the care of the Centre and to help us with discerning the future of the Society. Again,  if you’d like to be one of those who we reach out to,  please be sure that you have signed up for our emails by clicking here

Please also stay connected to the board's work through our public Facebook Page. You do not need to be a member of Facebook to view our content, but Facebook requires you to be a member in order to comment on Facebook.

Email the board team: naramatacentresociety@gmail.com
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Snail mail works too: PO Box 68, Naramata BC, V0H 1N0