Nelson, BC Chosen to Compete For the Title of 2019’s Strongest Town in America

Nelson, BC has been named one of 16 finalists in the 2019 Strongest Town contest, hosted by national nonprofit Strong Towns.

The Strongest Town contest is a month-long, bracket-based competition designed to spotlight communities from around the world that are building enduring financial resilience at the local level and actively embodying the Strong Towns approach to economic growth and development.

The Sweet Sixteen round of the competition begins on Monday, March 18th, when Nelson, BC will compete against Amesville, OH in hopes of advancing to the Elite Eight. Readers from around the world are invited to read about the first-round contestants and vote for their favorites online at until Thursday, March 21st at 11:59a.m. CST. The towns that will advance to the next round will be announced on Friday, March 22nd, and in the weeks that follow, towns that make the cut for each successive round will be asked to take part in a series of interactive challenges designed to highlight how financially strong they really are.

Anyone is eligible to vote in the Strongest Town competition, but votes from Strong Towns members are weighted more heavily. To become a Strong Towns member, visit

Past winners of the Strongest Town competition have included Muskegon, MI, Traverse City, MI, and Carlisle, PA. The winner of the Strongest Town 2019 Contest will receive a commemorative plaque and a visit and interactive community presentation with Charles Marohn, Strong Towns founder, president and author of the forthcoming Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity.

About Strong Towns:

Strong Towns is a national media organization whose mission is to advocate for a model of development that allows America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods to grow financially strong and resilient. Strong Towns began in 2008 as a blog written by Charles Marohn. Today, it is a nonprofit publishing daily content by dozens of contributors, sharing weekly podcasts and giving presentations around the US and Canada. Strong Towns reaches an audience of more than 1.5 million annually, and has over 2,700 members. Learn more at


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Shaping the development of digital strategy learning tools for arts and culture in BC!


Developed in collaboration with YOU—our members, and designed in partnership with Nordicity, Arts BC’s #DigistARTS Program aims to determine what are the current levels of digital literacy and learning needs among BC arts and culture workers. Tell US what you need.


Take this short survey and help make #digistARTS a success. Working in rural  or remote setting? We especially want to hear from you. 

Take the Survey Now

Our goal is to build digital literacy by developing strategic digital thinking in arts organizations around the province and cultivating creative ecosystems in communities–bridging arts and culture with technology and entrepreneurship, and other sectors.

Read more about the #DigistARTS program on our website!

To learn more, click here.

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BCTC Newsletter March 2019



Starting March 16 the price for Pacific Contact registration will increase $50.00 per registration. Online registration will close March 22, 2019.To register, please visit here. Pacific Contact 2019 is 4 days from April 4 to April 7 2019. 

How are we turning up the dial
on relationship and context? 

with Kelly Foxcroft-Poirier & Amanda Fenton, White Raven Consulting
Thursday, April 4, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM,
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby
No fee to register: There is no additional fee for this in-conference workshop but registration is required. Lunch is optional at $15 + GST. (transportation is provided to and from the conference hotel for registered delegates). To register, please visit here.  Special thanks to our sponsor, the Key City Theatre. Deadline to register is March 22.

Delegates to Pacific Contact have the opportunity to attend and participate in a wide variety of In-conference workshops and meetings. This is a great way to network with your colleagues from across BC and beyond, to get up to speed on industry-focussed best practices, and to find out who is up and coming on the scene. For more information on meetings, please visit here. For more info on workshops, please visit here.

To read the full newsletter, click here.

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See the Forest for the Trees (Michelle Spragg Exhibition)


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FPCC is hiring!


We wanted to let you know that FPCC is looking to expand its team and has these new job postings available:

Community Engagement Coach – Multiple Positions
Remotely based in Interior and Northern B.C. Locations

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is looking for 2 -3 capable community engagement leaders to join our team to support the success of language revitalization programs in First Nation communities in B.C. This position is a one-year term position with potential for renewal based on funding and needs.

The Community Engagement Coach provides expertise to support the success of language revitalization efforts in B.C. First Nations communities. The Coach is responsible for developing and implementing a community outreach and engagement strategy focused on language planning and language revitalization.

The Coach works closely with the FPCC Language Department and with First Nations to contribute to effective programming and provide the community support needed to ensure that the FPCC meets its mandate with respect to the revitalization of the First Nations languages of B.C.

How to apply: 

Please send a resume and covering letter, by March 31, 2019, to:

PeopleLink Consulting Inc.
Fax: 604.436.2809

IT Technical Support / Help Desk Analyst 

We are looking for a capable IT Technical Support / Help Desk Analyst to join our growing team in supporting the success of FPCC programs in B.C.

The IT Technical Support / Help Desk Analyst is responsible for providing technical support in the configuration, installation, maintenance and utilization of systems software, hardware, network and storage platforms, and FPCC applications and servers, including providing Tier 1 & 2 problem resolution for FPCC users, customers and vendors.

The Technical Support / Help Desk Analyst is responsible for operating and controlling installed information systems, and sets up, submits and verifies all work for internal and external clients. The position assists in the maintenance and day-to-day operation of the security and data backup system. The position receives technical direction and support from the Information Technology Manager.

How to apply: 

Please email a resume and covering letter, by 5:00PM, April 4, 2019, to:

Claudine Buffalo, Executive Assistant

To find out more information and full job descriptions, please visit the job postings at:

If you know of someone who may be interested in a position, we would greatly appreciate if you shared these postings.

Submissions from applicants with Indigenous ancestry are strongly encouraged. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. All applications will be treated with strict confidentiality.
Pat Alec (Nk’yap’xn)
Communications Officer – Social Media and Digital, First Peoples’ Cultural Council
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Heritage BC Update: Destination BC Offers New Workshop at Conference



Google This: Practical Advice to Improve your Online Presence

New digital technologies and online platforms are transforming marketing, visitor experience, and the way we work. Understanding the innovations and opportunities present museums and historic sites with exceptional ways to build visitor relationships, drive revenue growth, and improve visibility.

In this tailored workshop, you will explore Google My Business to connect your museum or site with customers through Google Search and Maps. You will receive hands-on help in creating or updating your listing and learn about the many free tools – including an easy to build, no-cost website!

Destination BC will lead you through this practical workshop, providing lots of easy to apply tips and easy to follow steps that will maximize your online potential and visibility and will connect you to visitors from near and far away.

More workshops added to the conference program

Spring Webinars – free for Heritage BC members

Technology getting you down? Welcome, TechSoup

Friday, March 22 at noon PST

Technology getting you down? Ever wonder which technology solution is best for you? Can’t afford it? Do you feel you just need better information? Then, let us introduce you to TechSoup.

Preparing Statements of Significance – New and Updated Webinar

Friday, April 12 at noon PST

Taking Action: Organizational Preparedness for Diversity and Inclusion

Friday, May 24 at noon PST

To read the full newsletter, click here.

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Kaslo Jazz Etc. – Volunteer Applications Now Open & Wordplay Contest #2!

Join the team in the Bee Hive!

The Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival is possible through the incredible efforts of our amazing volunteers each and every year!

Perks of volunteering with KJES:

  • Volunteer Orientation Dinner Meet & Greet: Thursday, August 1st
  • One (1) Weekend Pass to the festival
  • One (1) Volunteer T-Shirt
  • Volunteer Appreciation Pancake Breakfast: Monday, August 5th
  • One (1) Jazzlo Burger voucher per shift (July 28 – Aug 6)
  • Access to KJES discounted Volunteer Campground

If you’d like the opportunity to be part of this fun family, please read over our Volunteer Information Package and join the magic!

Click here to VOLUNTEER

Wordplay Contest #2

Ready for the second wordplay contest?

Thank you to everyone who participated in the last wordplay contest for the initial artist announcement. We hope you all play again!

The picture above is a wordplay clue for one of our very talented artists performing at this year’s festival. Reply to this email with the artist’s name by 12:00pm, March 20th, and your name will be entered into a draw to win One FREE 2019 Weekend Pass! We will announce the winner on Thursday, March 21st.


To see the wordplay clue and read the full newsletter, click here.

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