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Park Board invites all Community Centre Associations to consultation on revitalized relationship

May 2 2016

"We will not be working with sub-groups or individual CCAs. There will be one transparent and open process for everyone," writes Chair Kirby-Yung.

Vancouver Park Board Office

The Vancouver Park Board met with Community Centre Associations (CCAs) on April 30 to pave the way for a new way forward to a revitalized Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) between the Park Board and CCAs by the end of this year.

All CCA presidents and board members were invited to a facilitated dialogue session on the weekend to launch this new process.

The Park Board has responsibility for system-wide delivery of recreation services under the Vancouver Charter. CCAs are valuable partners in service delivery and jointly operate all but three of Vancouver’s 24 community centres together with the Park Board.

The Park Board and Community Centre Associations have spent many years and significant resources trying to renew the existing JOAs, which outline roles and responsibilities for joint operation of Vancouver’s community centres. Most of these agreements date as far back as 1979.

Resolving outstanding issues and ensuring the JOA addresses today’s needs is overdue and needed to enable all parties to focus on serving communities across the city.

Goal: to have a new modernized agreement with CCAs

The Park Board’s goal is to complete a new modernized agreement with CCAs by the end of 2016 that will help ensure transparency across the system while also recognizing the valued role of CCAs.

The Park Board’s four principles for Vancouver’s recreation system are:

  1. Equity across community centres
  2. Access to a network of community centres
  3. Access for all residents
  4. Operational sustainability and accountability

Letter from Park Board Chair outlines process to replace existing agreements

A letter from Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung on behalf of the Board of Commissioners to CCA presidents and board members outlined a three step process towards a new JOA that will replace existing agreements.

New process

In the letter, Chair Kirby-Yung outlines a number of ways that the new process will be different than the negotiations of past years with different groups of CCAs.

Those differences include:

  • A consultation versus a negotiation process focused on shared goals
  • Inclusion of all CCAs in one process
  • Inclusion of commissioners
  • An open and transparent process where all information will be shared publicly at key milestones

“It is time to reset,” writes Chair Kirby-Yung in the letter. “In the interest of efficiency and equity, the goal is to agree on shared key principles that we can utilize to provide you with a reasonable JOA for review and ratification by your Association. We will not be working with sub-groups or individual CCAs. There will be one transparent and open process for everyone.”

Read letter from Chair (PDF, 198KB)

Responsibilities of the CCA and Park Board

Role and responsibilities of the Community Centre Associations

CCAs play an important role in Vancouver’s recreation system; they:

  • Foster community engagement
  • Drive volunteer recruitment
  • Ensure programs reflect neighbourhood needs

They are responsible for programs and special events in community centres and some fitness centres.

Responsibilities of the Park Board

The Park Board is responsible for centre staffing, the facilities, rinks, pools, and many of the fitness centres.