MODUS was involved in the testing of TransLink's new accessibility technology!
The beginning of 2018 brought two more positive change-makers in the form of two new faces to our team:
Alix Krahn is a planner who is passionate about inclusive community planning and engagement-led urban design, working with communities to create designs and plans that celebrate and honour the places they live. She integrates a background in engineering with recent work in engagement & planning, and excels at translating technical jargon for broader audiences and collaborating across disciplines.
We wish them the very best in their new roles!
Athulya Pulimood is our new Marketing & Learning Specialist. With her Masters in Communication and over 7 years of experience in Learning & Development, her passions include innovative marketing and inculcating a culture of curiosity using strong visuals, gamification & design thinking principles. Creating structure and organization amidst creative chaos also excites her. She brings skills in training, graphic design, content writing, branding & communications, project planning, and internal process design.
MODUS (Vince, Krystie, Michael, Ignatius) have helped TransLink design and launch engagement for Phase 3 of the region-wide Transit Fare Review Project. Input is sought on structuring fares by distance travelled (rather than by zones), product types, and a possible expansion of user discounts. Thousands have completed the survey already. Watch the explanatory videos and visit the project website to give your feedback!
Congratulations to the Province and to all involved in developing the Step Code on its launch. With Brantwood Consulting, MODUS prepared recommendations for training to support the construction industry in delivering more energy efficient buildings. An opportunity to impact climate change, while helping the industry become more competitive and effective in a key area.
Good Night Out Vancouver, co-founded by MODUS team member Stacey Forrester, is proudly launching the Good Night Out Street Team tonight.
The Good Night Out Street Team is the first program of its kind and is designed to positively impact nightlife within the Granville Entertainment District. Team members will help to keep bar- and club-goers safe and harassment-free during peak hours between midnight and 3 am by acting as highly visible eyes on the street. The team will engage with patrons in the public realm and proactively address issues pertaining to the safety of women and the LGBTQ2 community visiting the Granville Entertainment District.
Adapted from the campaign in London, Good Night Out Vancouver launched in 2015 and is coordinated by Stacey Forrester and Ashtyn Bevan. Good Night Out is an independent team of regional organizers passionate about making nights out safer for all.
Thank you for your fantastic involvement in Phase 1 of VanPlay: “discovery”.
The VanPlay team met around 4000 people out on tour with our Imagination Playground, and more than 2 700 people completed the survey on TalkVancouver.
We are pleased to share with you a summary report which outlines everything we did and heard during Phase 1 – it is located here.
On the 24th of July we presented an early snapshot of the engagement results, and a project update to Park Board Commissioners.
The Report Reference presentation if you fancy a look - VanPlay – Phase 1 Project Update.
In July, MODUS supported local colleagues Happy City with their “Happy Streets” experiment, which was run during Placemaking Week (an international conference held in Vancouver last fall).
MODUS partnered with Happy City on the experiment, summary report, and videos used to spread the learnings.
Major findings from the experiment include:
- Tactical interventions can support social trust among strangers in public spaces
- Interventions with flora and colourful paint can support happiness in every day spaces
- Green space can have a rapid calming effect on community members and visitors
- Spaces that reflect a sense of community ownership, engagement, or stewardship of these sites can not only create benefits for those who regularly use the site, but also create immediate attachment for visitors
For more info check out the report and videos here.
Back in May Burnaby's plan for a "green" future, their Environmental Sustainability Strategy (ESS), won a Silver Award from PIBC. MODUS Principals began work on this project in 2013, and Burnaby Council adopted the ESS on November 7, 2016.
For more details here's a post from the City of Burnaby's website about the award.
The University of British Columbia's strategic plan and the Town of Gibson's Gospel Rock Block 7 master plan use semi-permanent signage to get the word out about these projects. Check out the project websites:
UBC's Next Century: http://president.ubc.ca/strategic-initiatives/creating-our-strategic-plan/Gospel Rock Village: https://www.gospelrockvillage.com/"
MODUS is hiring Ambassadors as part of the public engagement efforts for the City of Surrey's Parks, Recreation & Culture Strategic Plan. Read on to learn more about this exciting opportunity. Apply by February 23, 2017.
SURREY PARKS, RECREATION & CULTURE (PRC) AMBASSADORS
Help Shape Surrey
Employment period: Throughout March 2017 and May 2017 (plus one mandatory 2-hour training period on February 27th)
Number of positions: 3 (each position will average approx. 70 hours)
Timing: Mostly evenings and weekends; potential for some daytime shifts for those interested
Closing Date: February 23, 2017
About Surrey PRC Strategic Plan
Surrey has incredible parks, a thriving arts and cultural scene, a rich history, and world-class recreational facilities. The City’s Parks, Recreation & Culture (PRC) Department helps to plan and operate many of these amenities. To build on these great assets, and to meet the needs of a diverse and growing community, the City is now updating its Parks, Recreation & Culture (PRC) Strategic Plan.
The City is launching a highly engaging process to hear from a wide range of community members and stakeholder groups. We are currently looking for up to three (3) ‘ambassadors’ to join the team and engage the public at key locations and events throughout the City.
The ambassadors will interact with citizens at community ‘hot spots’ such as malls, community centers and major transit hubs. Ambassadors will go to a range of community events and gathering places and speak directly to as many community members as possible about the process and encourage citizens to answer a short electronic questionnaire on tablets.
We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic people with an optimistic outlook and a willingness to talk to a wide variety of people; candidates do not need a background in community planning. Engagement training and equipment will be provided.
We are also seeking a diverse range of project ambassadors including youth (15 – 30) and Punjabi-speakers. Ideally ambassadors should live in Surrey and/or know the community well.
Note: this job can be physically demanding - requires standing for long periods, working outdoors, and may include set up of tables, chairs, displays, etc.
Description of Responsibilities
Provide outreach and raise awareness about the Surrey PRC Strategic Plan update. Ambassadors will be working at various outdoor locations over two periods (March and May 2017).
· To engage a wide range of community members, hand out information cards, and capture their ideas in an electronic questionnaire
· To achieve a high level of community awareness of and interest in the process and driving up participation numbers for the questionnaire and other activities.
· To achieve high rates of participation among audiences who might not otherwise participate.
· Go to community events or gathering places on weekends and evenings to gather input.
· Gain enough understanding of the project to be comfortable answering general questions.
· Act as a positive role model across the organization.
· Support the project team in ensuring effective community engagement.
· Applicants must commit to a minimum of 7 shifts and attend a mandatory, paid training session prior to the campaign period
· Shifts are 4 to 6 hours each, at various outdoor locations. Shifts will be confirmed prior to the campaign start date. You will be compensated for up to half an hour travel time per shift and reimburse your use of public transit within one zone.
Key Skills and Aptitudes
· Approachable, out-going and optimistic; friendly demeanour is key.
· Willing and able to transport informational materials to transit-accessible locations within the City of Surrey.
· Physically capable of setting-up displays, table and chairs, if necessary.
· Eager to hit participation targets and able to compile and report successes, failures and community responses to outreach efforts.
· Remain calm and display professionalism if faced with challenging conversations.
· Capable of using time in an effective and budget-conscious manner.
· Ability to speak Punjabi a strong asset
· Diversity training or experience an asset
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from visible minority groups, women, youth (ages 15 – 30), Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.
Please submit a resume and brief cover letter by February 23rd, 2017 to:
Collyn Chan, Engagement Coordinator
Modus Planning, Design & Engagement Inc.