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Display boards pose questions about culture in Summerland

Summerland resident Dave Burtch posts a comment about local culture on a display board at True Grain Bread in this undated and contributed photo.
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SUMMERLAND - The District of Summerland’s Cultural Plan Task Force is asking people to share their ideas about local culture as part of a consultation process that will lead to a municipal plan for cultural development.

Five roving display boards are being used to gather opinions and suggestions from the community.

They will be popping up throughout the fall at major public destinations such as the rec centre, library, art gallery and local coffee shops. 

Respondents can leave their comments on the boards with sticky notes and read how others have answered the following questions:
1. What makes Summerland’s culture unique compared to other Okanagan communities?
2. What cultural strengths should Summerland build on?
3. What cultural activities would add to the quality of life in Summerland?

Task Force members have also been busy handing out questionnaires at community events such as the farmers’ markets and Wednesdays on the Water. The survey can also be found online at: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/survey2015/

“We’re taking a decentralized approach to consultation so we can hear from as many people as possible,” says Task Force Chair Denese Espeut-Post. “We want to get out to where the people are, not expect them come to us.”

The questionnaires are being used to gather detailed public input in a standardized format, allowing responses to be objectively processed, quantified and analyzed. Already, more than 300 questionnaires have been received.


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