With the organization growing in size and its demand for services increasing, the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI) is making a deliberate effort to shape the right path for its future.
About 30-40 staff members who hold various positions in the organization and are interested in social change and community development, met recently to discuss BACI’s strategy for growth.
“In order for us to grow, we need to be internally strong,” says Tanya Sather, BACI co-executive director.
BACI has about doubled in size during the last decade and the demand for services continues to be high. People choose BACI because they are pleased with the quality of supports the organization provides, Tanya says.
“We’re at a tipping point for growth” and she says it’s crucial BACI doesn’t lose sight of what’s important – the core supports and services it provides to people who have a developmental disability and their family members. “We need to keep up what we’re good at.”
Based on a series of conversations with staff, families and individuals served about strengths of the organization and what should happen next, BACI identified the need to focus on inclusion through innovation as integral to its future.
The group that gathered in February is called Ideas for Change. Members have been meeting for about a year to create and implement new ideas around improved social outcomes for the people the organization serves.
The ultimate aim of Ideas for Change is to create a way to welcome and make it possible for all the organization’s stakeholders to bring their creative ideas forward and also participate in co-creating new solutions together.
February’s meeting kept true to that purpose.
“It was a great discussion, very robust and comprehensive,” says Tanya.
The group conducted a SWOT analysis – a process that involves determining the organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The team is now charged with dissecting and analyzing the observations and synthesizing them with the help of a consultant during an upcoming meeting in April.
“We’re excited to see so many people a part of this great discussion and look forward to building on it,” Tanya says.
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