Katrina Johnny is the new Comprehensive Community Planning coordinator for Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’wx.
A Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP) was made up in 2010, and Johnny will be working to make sure it is up to date with the needs of the community.
The CCP covers all issues on the reserve, relating to everything from health to culture to economics, and all the ways they overlap. She put together an advisory committee in July to help her prepare activities for meetings and to give input on the planning process.
CCP is a tool used by many First Nations to help build healthy and sustainable communities, with an improvement in quality of life a goal.
One challenge Johnny has faced so far is learning to work on her own.
She receives lots of support from former CCP coordinator Jessie Hemphill, but much of her job is very independent.
The CCP covers a wide range of issues and areas, and one that Johnny is most interested in is the rich culture in her community, and she hopes to emphasize the need for people to continue to teach culture.
Since she began the position earlier this summer, Johnny has been focusing on learning as much as she can about her new position, and especially about the delicate art of facilitation. She hopes to get input and involvement from everyone in the community, of all ages.
In September, Johnny will be holding a CCP launch for the whole community, with a dinner, a meeting and door prizes, and regular CCP meetings will follow.
One of her main goals is to see everyone in the community come closer together and understand each other.