Family Friendly Rossland

Family Friendly Initiatives & the Family Action Network

The results of Rossland Family Friendly Rossland project was shared with the Family Action Network (FAN) of the Lower Columbia.  With representation from childcare providers,  family service workers and local business and industry from all Lower Columbia communities, FAN has assumed the lead on family friendly initiatives.

FAN's goal is to make the Lower Columbia region, including Rossland,  the best place to raise a family.   The City of Rossland, local businesses and organizations are active supporters of FAN programs and initiatives.  

In 2016,  the City of Rossland and the Rossland Library designated their washrooms as Easy Peezy family washrooms.   When a family sees the Easy Peezy logo,  they know that they are welcome to bring their little ones in to use the washrooms with no expectation of being a customer or client.  This is just one of FAN's many initiatives that are actively supported by the Rossland community.

For more information on FAN initiatives and services visit http://familyactionnetwork.ca/

Family Friendly Rossland: Identifying Rossland's Family Friendly Assets 2013

Summary

Our Family Friendly Rossland research was completed in 2013 and is now available to the public!  The Family Friendly Rossland inventory identifies the assetts and amenities available in our area that makes Rossland a family friendly community. Families can find information on Childcare, Education, Healthcare, Wellness, Employment Services, Recreation, Family Dining, Clubs, Sports and Recreation in our inventory.  The full Rossland Family Friendly Assetts document is attached at the very bottom of this page.

What makes Rossland a family friendly community?  And what do we need to do to make it more family friendly?  This is a summary of what our community had to say. 

Rossland is currently family friendly because it is a safe, quiet, community set in a healthy, natural environment with easy access to the outdoors and its recreation opportunities. The people are warm, welcoming and inclusive and the community is compact and walkable. Downtown Rossland provides most of the services and goods that families require. Quality K-12 education is available within the community. People of all ages live active, healthy lifestyles.

In order to remain family friendly or become more family friendly, Rossland will need to ensure that high quality & innovative K-12 educational opportunities remain in the community. We will need to build our capacity to engage youth and provide services and programming for all family members but especially teens. Residents feel that a Skate Park and an “in-town" winter play park that includes skating and tobaganning would be attractive to families. We need to ensure that it is economically viable for families to live in Rossland by lowering residential taxes and preserving and increasing work opportunities.

To read all the supporting data for the Family Friendly Survey,  click on the Family Friendly Rossland Supporting Data document attached at the very bottom of this page.

Background

In the spring of 2012, the Lower Columbia Family Action Network approached Mayor Granstrom to request participation from the City of Rossland in their Family Friendly initiative.

The Family Action Network (FAN) is a new regional coalition that is taking collaborative action to invest in the family friendliness of our communities (an important component of attracting and retaining new residents). FAN’s goal is to build on the many existing assets and good news stories in our communities, and to facilitate a dynamic process of community planning and development. FAN is regionally focused (Lower Columbia) in a way that honours and addresses the unique needs and cultures of each community.

Mayor Granstrom suggested that FAN work with the Sustainability Commission (SC) and that Rossland take the lead on Family Friendly initiatives by completing an inventory of family friendly assets. The SC also suggested that we solicit the opinions of residents as to what makes Rossland a family friendly community.

Goals of Rossland Family Friendly Project

  1. To identify the resources, amenities and characteristics of Rossland that makes Rossland a Family Friendly community.
  2. Identify any gaps or weaknesses and share with community organizations that may be able to help address them.
  3. Work with interested stakeholders, community groups and the Family Action Network to determine how best to use the information.

Outcomes

Inventory of Rossland’s Family Friendly Resources and Amenities

The Family Friendly Rossland data base identifies the resources and amenities available in our area that makes Rossland a family friendly community. The information is organized by categories that include Childcare, Education, Healthcare, Wellness, Employment Services, Financial Services, Recreation, Family Dining, Clubs, Sports and Recreation. For each service listed, the data base provides a brief description of the service, and where available, a website, street address and phone contact.

There are over 300 entries in the current data base and remains a work in progress as services change and contact information changes frequently. Primarily the database enumerates services available in Rossland but includes some services that are available only in other West Kootenay communities.

The data base is currently available in a spreadsheet format and can be viewed by clicking on the attachment named Rossland Family Friendly Assets at the bottom of this page. If you discover any errors or omissions, please email your corrections to Ann Damude at adamude@telus.net

Family Friendly Rossland Survey

The survey was circulated to 350 community members from the mailing lists of the City of Rossland, the Sustainability Commission and Neighbourhoods of Learning using the Thoughtstream software. We also publicly advertised a ‘self register’ option in local media and to the City of Rossland email list.

We asked three questions:

Q1: From your perspective, what currently makes Rossland a family friendly community?

Q2: What could we do, as a community, to make Rossland more family friendly?

Q3: Is there anything else you’d like to share with us about Rossland as a family friendly community?

All ideas contributed through the survey were sorted and grouped into categories. The new groupings were circulated to our email list and people were asked to prioritize the groupings. Of the 350 people invited to participate, 96 provided answers to the above questions and 81 participated with prioritizing.

Family Friendly Rossland: Summary Statement

Rossland is currently family friendly because it is a safe, quiet, community set in a healthy, natural environment with easy access to the outdoors and its recreation opportunities. The people are warm, welcoming and inclusive and the community is compact and walkable. Downtown Rossland provides most of the services and goods that families require. Quality K-12 education is available within the community. People of all ages live active, healthy lifestyles.

In order to remain family friendly or become more family friendly, Rossland will need to ensure that high quality & innovation K-12 educational opportunities remain in the community. We will need to build our capacity to engage youth and provide services and programming for all family members but especially teens. Residents feel that a Skate Park and an “in-town" winter play park that includes skating and tobaganning would be attractive to families. We need to ensure that it is economically viable for families to live in Rossland by lowering residential taxes and preserving and increasing work opportunities.

Supporting Data

A summary of the supporting data can be viewed by clicking on the link to the Family Friendly Rossland Supporting Data link at the very bottom of this page.

Next Steps - How can Rossland use this information?

Our intent is to share this information with the community at large and stakeholder groups such as the Chamber of Commerce, LCI, Family Action Network, Rossland Recreation, etc.

Possible Uses

  • Share information with FAN so that FAN can use it as a base line for a regional Family Friendly services data base.
  • Transfer the inventory into an electronic, searchable data base that families and community member could access via either the Chamber website or the City website
  • The City of Rossland and other community stakeholders could use the inventory and survey to inform marketing and/or recruiting efforts aimed at families, entrepreneurs,etc with the intent of:
    • increasing the community population,
    • attracting students to the Academies & International programs at RSS,
    • attracting new businesses to town,
    • attracting new employees to existing businesses including large employers like Teck, AMEC, Fortis, Interior Health
  • Develop a print version of the inventory that could be shared with all community members, new residents or potential new residents.
  • Use the survey results to inform decision making at City Hall and at the Sustainability Commission.
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