Initially a pilot project with the Safe Harbour Outreach Project (SHOP), Living in Community St. John’s is a community initiative based on the Vancouver model of the same name. The model brings together voices of sex workers, residents, businesses, service providers, government, and law enforcement in a facilitated process aimed at creating safe communities for all. Happy City St. John’s is facilitating the project (with the generous support of the City of St. John’s) using community-based dialogue tools as a new way to approach a tangly social issue.
The project is implemented through a steering committee, who have been working together for almost two years, and supported by a Community Developer employed by Happy City. The community member who joins our team would be a steering committee member and play a valuable role in moving the committee’s work forward.
STEERING COMMITTEE GUIDELINES
The vision of the St. John’s Living in Community steering committee is to create respectful communities of health, safety, and belonging for everyone in relation to sex work and youth sexual exploitation. This can only happen by bringing the wide range of voices involved to the table for solutions-focused engagement, as systemic change only happens when groups work collaboratively. Participants in the committee should be comfortable with both the values and approaches outlined below as well as the time commitment.
- Embracing diversity and being respectful of everyone
- Encouraging learning and self-growth as a path to change
- Active involvement of sex workers
- Taking a stance against youth sexual exploitation and for social justice
- Enabling equitable participation, understanding and building community
- Listening and being open to different perspectives
- Do no harm – making decisions that promote sex worker safety
- Maintaining the confidentiality of committee members
The steering committee meetings monthly for 2-3 hours on a weeknight evening. Meeting times are usually set 3 months in advance. Outside of meetings, members are responsible for working on action items from the meetings and may be required to attend events. It’s reasonable to expect this commitment to consistently take 5-7 hours each month. The committee is made up of a diversity of stakeholders and operates with a strict confidentiality agreement. We use consensus-based decision making and value open discussion in an environment of high trust.
The committee is made up of organizational members, sex workers, and at least two citizen representatives. We’re looking for a candidate who:
- Is a resident of St. John’s and is engaged in their community
- Cares about the safety and inclusion of all community members
- Is open to learning and growing through their volunteer work
The committee values members who are patient, good listeners, and aren’t afraid of a little ambiguity. There is no prior knowledge or work experience required for this role, but demonstrating experience as an engaged community member (volunteer work, political organizing, strong connection to your neighbourhood) and knowledge of social justice issues will be considered strong assets. For more information about the project visit our website.
Applications will be reviewed by the committee and a few candidates will be asked to meet for an informal in-person interview in September. We anticipate the new community member will be asked to join beginning in October.
Questions? Contact Mica at email@example.com