Raising Nepali Community Profile in BC

NCSBC is organizing consultative meetings at various locations in the Lower Mainland. The objectives of these “Townhall” meetings are to discuss how NCSBC can expand and improve its reach to our growing community and what opportunities are there to develop NCSBC into a vibrant, dynamic and inclusive organization that can best serve the interests of the Nepali community in BC.

We kindly request you to participate in this consultative process and provide your valuable thoughts and inputs in an effort to build a better and stronger community. If you know someone, new arrival or long time resident, who might not be receiving the NCSBC group-mail could you kindly forward this e-mail.

The meetings will take place on the following dates and times. Venue address will be notified in the days/weeks to come:

Thu, 4 Aug 2016
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Area: Coastal (targeting Vancouver, Richmond, and North Shore)
Location: TBC

Thu, 11 Aug 2016
Time: TBC
Area: Central (targeting Burnaby and New Westminster)
Location: TBC

Thu, 18 Aug 2016
Time: TBC
Area: Mountain (targeting Tri-Cities, Pitt Meadows, and Maple Ridge)
Location: TBC

Thu, 25 Aug 2016
Time: TBC
Area: Fraser South (targeting Surrey, Delta, and Langley)
Location: TBC

Wed, 31 Aug 2016
Time: TBC
Area: Fraser Valley (targeting Abbotsford and Chilliwack)
Location: TBC

The background to this process is that the last AGM of NCBSC recognized the following:

· NCSBC is seen to be gaining a significant recognition among Provincial and Municipal governments as evident from various occasions in recent years.

· There are a number of Nepali communities in various parts of BC other than in lower mainland, that either lack a critical mass to institute a formal organization or lack resources to fully realize their potential.

· With increased number of people of Nepali origin in lower mainland, demand is expected to rise for increased number of community events. In such a scenario, a single outlet to organize these events will not be enough to promote a greater participation.

The AGM mandated the BOD to form a committee to look into possible institutional enhancements or restructuring of NCSBC in order to achieve maximum participation of the community and also to become a strong voice on behalf of the community when dealing with the government(s) or external agencies. The Committee has commenced work and one of its early tasks is to solicit your valued opinion; as such, these proposed Townhall meetings.

We appeal you to come to any one (or more) of the meetings and help usher the 17-year old NCSBC into its own “adulthood” so that it is best placed to serve the needs of the next generation of Nepalis in BC as well as those of the new comers to the Province.

Sincerely,

Suresh Bhatta (Sbhatta2007@gmail.com)
For and on behalf of the Committee