Peer Town Hall – Coming Together
Our community came together on November 18th for our first Town Hall geared to our core community of people with a spinal cord injury (SCI). Being a completely virtual event, this was our first provincial Peer Town Hall, allowing people from all across the province to attend. There were brief presentations followed by discussions that were insightful and engaging.
CEO Stuart Howe started things off by welcoming attendees and emphasized that the meeting was not just a presentation but an opportunity for our community to provide feedback in how SCIO is doing and what we need to do going forward. Stuart then introduced Shaun Westlake, a member of the SCIO Board of Directors. Shaun spoke about the need to hear the voices of our community to help inform us of what our organization is doing well (for example, pivoting to a virtual environment during the pandemic) and what areas need improvement.
Stuart then spoke about the 2017-2022 strategic plan and the 2021 plan refresh. He reported on our strategic objectives and priorities; expanding our impact across Ontario, sharing knowledge, and amplifying our community’s voice. Peter Athanasopoulos also joined in the discussion, explaining how we are continuously learning from people with lived experience.
Following that, there was an open peer discussion where attendees were encouraged to share their voice and participate. This discussion included ideas on where we need to focus as an organization and what have we missed so far in the development and implementation of our strategic plan.
The town hall wrapped up with a presentation on key take-aways by Alex McKinnon, SCIO Board Treasurer. Alex mentioned that the comments from this town hall will be taken back to the next board meeting.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first provincial Peer Town Hall. We value your contributions and encourage you to continue to make your voice heard. For the recording of the meeting, please see below.