Why was this group started?

A need to address the serious issues of family violence, its negative impact on children, bullying, mental health issues and addiction were identified.

 

Who we are:

The group consists of like minded community members who choose to be involved in order to make a positive difference in their community. There are no special “credentials” needed to join!

 

When does the group meet?

The Group meets once a month, generally on the 4th Friday @ noon. Lunch is provided but we ask those that are able to contribute $5. to offset the cost of the meal. Call Neighbourhood Place for the date of the next meeting 403- 843-4304

 Where:

The Group meets at the Blindman Youth Action Building, 4907 - 49 street Rimbey

Rimbey and Area Community Wellness Association (RCWA)

Term of Reference

 Mission

The Rimbey and Area Community Wellness Association (RCWA) focuses on supporting and promoting positive, healthy family environments and relationships through education, awareness, needs identification and addressing community based issues.

 Vision(To be developed)

 Priority Areas

  • Family Violence Prevention
  • Anti-Bullying Prevention
  • Mental Health Promotion
  • Substance Abuse /Harm Reduction
  • Rimbey and Area Community Wellness Association(RCWA) Promotion

 The RCWA will continue to review and respond as resources allow to requests/needs identified by community residents or partners. 

 Strategies

  1. Provide and enhance accessibility to community programs and support services.
  2. Continue to develop the Rimbey and Area Community Wellness Association (RCWA).
  3. Collaborate with existing agencies, organizations and community residents on community based issues.

 Membership

  • The membership of the RCWA is flexible and will be responsive to the changing needs of the community.
  • Youth are encouraged and supported to belong to the group.
  • Recruitment of members will be targeted at agencies and community members that have an interest in RCWA priority areas and community wellness.
  • It is the member’s responsibility to regularly attend committee meetings. To keep connected some members may only want to receive minutes as they are unable to attend monthly meetings.
  • To resign, members are to provide notice to a committee member and will be removed from the contact directory.
  • An RCWA Contact Directory is available electronically and updated as needed.

 Operations

Frequency: Monthly or at the call of the chair.   Dates will be set at each meeting or predetermined for the entire year.

 Chairperson:  Rotated term every 2 years.

 Co-chairperson: Develops the agenda in consultation with the chair and takes the minutes at the monthly meetings.

 Treasurer: Rotated term every 2 years.

 Agenda/Minutes: 

    • A standing agenda and minute format will be used at each meeting

    • The co-chair will prepare the agenda and have copies ready for the meeting.  

    • Electronic minutes will be circulated as soon as possible following the meeting.

    • Members are encouraged to bring a copy of previous minutes to each meeting.

      Decision-Making Process:

    • The committee will work toward consensus decisions. In the event consensus cannot be reached a vote will be taken and votes will be recorded in the minutes.

    • Voters must be in attendance for discussion in order to vote (via phone, video conference or in-person).

    • Decision will be made by the majority of membership present with a quorum of 51%.

    • Where a count of votes is required, each member shall have one vote.

    • Ties are considered a defeated motion.

    • If a decision needs to be made prior to the next meeting, electronic feedback through email can be used to get consensus from all committee members.

    • Work Plans 

  • Reviewed annually in January of each year.

  • Work plan goals and activities are included as part of the standing agenda.

  • Community ideas that RCWA cannot respond to will be included in the work plan parking lot.

 Terms of Reference

  • Reviewed annually in January of each year.

 Education Opportunities

  • Promote to the membership workshops, conferences, speakers that would enhance core knowledge, skills and awareness of the RCWA priority areas. Example: Diverse Voices Conference

  • Meetings can also be used to accommodate presentation of new information.  

    Glossary of Terms

  1. Building Community Resilience - “When there is adversity… resilience is our individual, family and community’s capacity to navigate to the resources we need, and …our capacity on our own and with others to negotiate for these resources to be provided …in ways that are meaningful.

 Assisting people to navigate and negotiate to find the seven resources for resilience will make them more resilient people. The seven resources for resilience are:

    • Sense of culture; belonging and spirituality; access to material resources; fair treatment; power and control; identity; relationships

      (October 7, 2014 presentation in Drayton Valley, Dr. Michael Ungar, Ph.D. Co –Director, Resilience Research Center, Halifax, Nova Scotia. www.resilienceresearch.org)

      Term of Reference

  1. A term of reference tells a short story or presents a snap shot about the purpose, mission, membership, goals, partners and meeting details to help a group focus on and accomplish a common shared goal. It can also be helpful to write grants and reports.

    The terms of reference can be revised at any time to reflect group changes.

    Vision

  2. The vision of a group is an inspirational and motivating statement that sets the overall direction for the group’s work. Examples:

  • Vermilion Wellness coalition – “A healthy, active, engaged community.

  • Sylvan Lake Family Violence and Bullying Coalition – “Sylvan Lake is a violence free community with coordinated, effective services to meet the needs of all.”

  • Community Wellness Initiative of West Country – “Rich in wellness”

Rimbey and Area Community Wellness Work Plan 2014-2017

Mission 

The Rimbey and Area Community Wellness Association (RCWA) focuses on supporting and promoting positive, healthy family environments and relationships through education, awareness, needs identification and addressing community based issues.

 Priority Areas

  • Family Violence Prevention

  • Anti-Bullying Prevention

  • Mental Health Promotion

  • Substance Abuse/Harm Reduction

  • Rimbey and Area Community Wellness Association (RCWA) Promotion

  • The RCWA will continue to review and respond as resources allow to requests/needs identified by community residents or partners.

Strategies

  1. Provide and enhance accessibility to community programs and support services.

  2. Continue to develop the Rimbey and Area Community Wellness Association (RCWA).

  3. Collaborate with existing agencies, organizations and community residents on community based issues.

 SMART Goals

Specific – What exactly do you want to achieve? Should address the five W’s… who, what, when, where, and why. Make sure the goal specifies what needs to be done with a timeframe for completion. Use action verbs… create, design, develop, implement, produce, etc.

Measurable – How will you know this goal is reached? Goals should include numeric or descriptive measures that define quantity, quality, cost, etc. How will you and your group know when the goal has been successfully met? Focus on elements such as observable actions, quantity, quality and/or flexibility to measure results, not activities.

Attainable– Is your goal possible? How? Goals should be within the project’s control and influence; a goal may be a “stretch” but still feasible. Is the goal attainable with the available resources? Is the goal attainable within the timeframe originally outlined? Consider authority or control, influence, resources, and environment support to meet the goal.

Rewarding – What is in it for you to keep motivated in working towards your goal?Goals should be instrumental to the mission of the project. Why is the goal important? How will the goal help the project achieve its objectives?

Timely – What is the date you want to achieve your goal by? Is this reasonable? Goals should identify a definite target date for completion.  When should this goal be accomplished? Incorporate specific dates, calendar milestones, or timeframes.

 Work Plan Parking Lot (Ideas for RCWA future consideration)

 Work Plan Summary

 Strategies and Goals

Priority Areas

  1. Provide and enhance accessibility to community programs and support services.

 1.1  A sustainable weekly family counseling service for Rimbey residents by September 2015.

Family Violence Prevention

Mental Health Promotion

 1.2 Increase the ability of Rimbey residents to navigate and access community resources, programs and services by December 2017. 

Mental Health Promotion

  1. Continue to develop the Rimbey and Area Community Wellness Association (RCWA).

 2.1 Increase community awareness of the RCWA mission and role targeting five businesses, service clubs and agencies by December 2015.

RCWA Promotion

 2.2 Increase the total number of RCWA online website inquiries by January 2016. 

RCWA Promotion

 2.3 TheRCWA will become a Not for Profit Society by January 2017.

 Collaborate with existing agencies, organizations and community residents on community based issues.

 3.1 Increase public reports of impaired drivers through targeted education, awareness and enforcement activities by December 31, 2015.

Substance Abuse Prevention

 Strategy 1.0  

Provide and enhance accessibility to community programs and support services.

Priority Area:

Family Violence Prevention, Mental Health Promotion

Issue: Enhanced local services for families

The RCWA had investigated having the Rita Dillon’s program come to Rimbey but it was not sustainable. AHS Mental Services were providing services but the gap identified was having more options for long term local services for individuals and families. Catholic Social Services were interested in providing a family counsellor for one year to pilot the need for these services until Sept 2015.

 Community Partners: (Partners working on the goal)

Neighborhood Place, Red Deer Catholic Social Services, Town of Rimbey, Alberta Health Services – Central Zone, Public Health, Health Promotion Program, Victim Service Unit – Rimbey and Area, Family Community Support Services, Correctional Services – Probation, and Community Members.

 Goal

What do we want to accomplish?

1.1  A sustainable weekly family counseling service for Rimbey residents by September 2015.

 a)    Partner with Red Deer Catholic Social Services (Red Deer CSS) to develop, implement and evaluate a “Family Counseling Pilot Project”.

  Data and feedback from the community is indicating that the Family Counseling Service is being utilized by Rimbey and Area residents.

 The community of Rimbey will know a new service exists for family counseling.

 The pilot project report will demonstrate the need for maintaining these services for families in Rimbey.

 b)    Discussions with the Family Counselor/ Red Deer Catholic Social Services on ways to evaluate services provided in the pilot project.

E.g. Total number of individuals accessing services per month;

Types of services accessed;

Total number of community partners visited).

 c)    Utilize Neighborhood Place Marketing Strategy to develop and disseminate promotional materials throughout Rimbey and Area.

d)    Promote the family counseling services through social media opportunities.

e)    Community introductions, informal meet and greet to increase awareness of new family counseling services in Rimbey.

 f)     Connect with funders regarding the progress of the pilot project.

g)    Review the pilot project report.

 h)    Identify project next steps in the community. 

  Strategy 1.0 (Over the course of the coming year(s) what are the changes we are aiming to achieve?)

Provide and enhance accessibility to community programs and support services.

Priority Area:

Mental Health Promotion

Issue:  Barriers to access community services and programs

How do newcomers or residents with concerns access services in Rimbey.How can Rimbey residents better navigate existing services? The barriers need to be identified and solution options discussed with the right community partners and residents utilizing these services using a community engagement process.

 Community Partners: (Partners working on  the goal)

Neighborhood Place, RCMP, AHS, Public Health,  Health Promotion, Victim Services, Rimbey residents, Youth Unlimited worker, Town of Rimbey Council member, Boys and Girls Club Program Coordinator.

 Goal

What do we want to accomplish?

1.2 Increase the ability of Rimbey residents to navigate and access community resources, programs and services by December 2017.  

 a)    Schedule a group meeting to identify a plan of how to move forward in identifying the issues/barriers to access services. Options:

  • Develop a template of questions and a list of potential partners to visit.
  • Host conversations with residents who have accessed mental health services and programs.

Walk a mile in their shoes – a realistic view of accessing services. What is working well, needs improving and identify possible root causes.  

Increased knowledge and awareness by RCWG members and community partners regarding gaps and opportunities to navigate and access community based services, programs and resources.

 Enhanced RCWG identity in the community.

 b)    Identify next steps for community action.

Strategy 2.0

Continue to develop the Rimbey and Area Community Wellness Association (RCWA).

Priority Area:

Rimbey and Area Community Wellness Association (RCWA) Promotion

Issue:  Several years ago at a Rimbey Interagency meeting, the need to have a community action group was identified to focus on community based issues (mental health and anti- bullying) through education and awareness.

 2.1 Increase community awareness of the RCWA mission and role targeting five businesses, service clubs and agencies by December 2015.

 a)    Review and revise as needed RCWA promotional materials.

  • Brochure
  • Other – Postcards, Display board

The RCWA is recognized by businesses, service clubs and agencies as community members working effectively together to build capacity to improve the health status of their community.

 Three new community members will join RCWA.

 Recording the total number of people who attended events will provide an indication of RCWA promotion in community.

 b)    Incorporate RCWA promotion in other work plan related community projects ie: RID and accessing services.

 c)    Develop and maintain a list that identify businesses, agencies etc who have been contacted. **Update at monthly meetings as a standing agenda item.

d)    All member can promote RCWA by discussing what we do, providing the TOR and extending an invitations to come to a monthly meeting.

e)    Attend local community activities and events:

January -   

February -  Women’s conference

March-

April – National Victims of Crime Awareness week, Trade Fair

May –

June – Senior Fair

July – Rodeo

August -

Sept - Mass Registration

October -

November –

December –

 Note:The RCWA banner; brochures, are available etc and record the total number of people attending each event.

 f)     Utilize and maintain local and social media sources.

  • Facebook /Twitter– Town of Rimbey and RCWA.
  • Rimbey Review
  • Rimbey Newsletter

 2.2 Increase the total number of RCWA online website inquiries by January 2016. 

a)    Continue to develop website.

Develop a plan to maintain and evaluate effectiveness of web site. Eg: Costs, time etc. Total number of hits, requests reviewed quarterly etc.

 The RCWA website will be become a well-used communication tool for partners and residents of Rimbey.

 2.3 TheRCWA will become a Not for profit  

Society by January 2017.

 a)    Update RCWA members on the process of becoming a board and where we are at in that process. 

 b)    Review and approve the terms of reference and work plan documents.

 c)    Develop a list of grant/fund raising opportunities to support RCWA operational costs of existing /new projects, programs and resources.

 d)     Continue to work with community partners to assist with project driven fundraising. Eg: BBQs

 Strategy 3.0 (Over the course of the coming year(s) whatare the changeswe are aiming to achieve?)

Collaborate with existing agencies, organizations and community residents on community based issues.

Priority Area:

Substance Abuse Prevention

Issue: An increase of Impaired Drivers in Rimbey and area.  

Rimbey and Area RCMP laid impaired criminal charges for 59 drivers in the last year. Compared to 5 other towns our size in Alberta where the numbers ranged from 4-10 which makes us 6X the average. These statistics may be partially attributed to transient young male workers who temporarily live in our community or stay in hotels. However, 65% of those charged are residents of Rimbey or the surrounding area which indicates a definite need for further community education.

 3.1 Increase public reports of impaired drivers through targeted education, awareness and enforcement activities by December 31, 2015.

 1. Schedule an RID working group meeting to discuss possible community interventions.

A total of 75 RID pre and post surveys will be completed by Rimbey residents.

 The post RID survey will demonstrate an increase in:

  • Recognition of the RID logo and location of RID signage in Rimbey. 
  • The total number of residents feeling confident to call 911 and report an impaired driver
  • Increased recognition of the ten signs of an impaired driver.

 Four RID signs will be installed at the entrances coming into Rimbey.

 Total number of RID resources distributed.

 Total number of businesses supporting the RID Project.

 Collection and comparison of the following at 6 month intervals

  • Total number of 911 calls received; number of criminal code offences; repeat offenders.

 131 surveys were completed.

 1.Complete online grant from Alberta Transportation to implement RID (Report Impaired Drivers) initiative in Rimbey.

First part – project eligibility

Second part – grant application

   Contact Heartlands Promotions and order RID promotional items

o   RCWG funds will pay for several promo items to get activities started. (3 rolls white labels and 102 RID 12x18 posters)

o   Order RID highway signs

o   Order RID Pen and Paper combo bags (10 signs of an impaired driver on one side and information to report a 911 call on the other.)

4. Connect with Rimbey SADD group and discuss RID community opportunities. EG: Getting residents to complete the RID pre survey first, RID safety stop, SADD Alberta Liquor bag campaign/with white labels.

5. Develop a letter to explain RID to other partners and business community. Distribute letter with posters.

5b) Promote the 10 possible signs of an Impaired Driver in the community.

6. Present RID at the next council meeting.

7. Support SADD scheduled events over the next year and promote RID. 

8. Install RID highway signs.

9. Invite other community partners to participate in the Impaired Driving Prevention working group.

 1.Compilation of RID surveys

o   Pre RID survey

o   Post RID survey

11. Collect Enforcement data for final report.

o   Track 911 calls, criminal code offences, and repeat offenders, before RID, at 6 months and at 12 months.

1.Connect with social/local Media (once survey has been completed).

o   Twitter

o   Facebook

o   Town of Rimbey website

o   Local newspaper

o   Other 

  1. Complete and submit the Alberta Traffic Safety Fund final report.