Happy City Presents: The Regional Plan Boot Camp!

Learn the language of Regional Planning!

Happy City St. John’s and Cities for People have partnered to bring you The Civic Engagement Boot Camp – Regional Plan Edition. Join us on Saturday, November 14th from 1 PM to 4 PM at the Foran Room at St. John’s City Hall!

Come participate in our workshop that has been designed to teach you about the language and history of the Regional Plan (the one in play right now was developed in 1976!) and how and why it is relevant to you and your relationship with where you live (it influences all municipal plans and navigates issues like watersheds, roads and transportation, coastal land use, green space, and regional development).

There will be a mix of presentations and hands-on activities to develop important engagement skills, and equip you with the tools to contribute meaningfully to the conversation around the upcoming Regional Plan for the Avalon.

The event is free to attend, with a light lunch provided.

Click here to register

AGM and Volunteer Brainstorming Session

City St. John’s will be hosting our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, October 8th, from 6-8 PM. We’re excited to be hosting it at the lovely new space in the NL Housing and Homelessness Network Building at 77 Charter Avenue (corner of East Drive) in Pleasantville (catered by their great new cafe). We’d love to see you there!

To make this meeting a double serving of urban idea awesomeness, come on out at 3 PM 
to the same spot for the We Are Cities Day roundtable ! Three roundtables took place in the St. John’s Urban Region during the first phase of the We Are Cities initiative. That input along with data from 60+ roundtables elsewhere across the country has contributed to a first draft of a Canadian Cities Agenda –  a plan to make urban regions in this country more livable and resilient for everyone.  This roundtable is your opportunity to provide them with feedback on the framework being developed based on the ideas generated over the past months – then you can stick around for a bite to eat and our AGM.   Details and registration info for the We Are Cities event are here. 
This meeting is a chance for you to elect a board of directors to guide Happy City through another year, and (just as importantly) help us work on our volunteer engagement – a big goal for Happy City this coming year is getting more volunteers involved in a more organized way, and we want to get your ideas on how to do that!

Every member of Happy City gets a vote, and can run for the board. Who’s a member, you ask? Well, you could be! To keep our membership list as open as we can, anyone on our email lists is considered a member – so you can sign up anytime

For an organization like Happy City, the energy and connections of an engaged board is super-important. So if you’re interested in guiding what we do, throw your hat in the race!

Board terms are normally 2 years long, but at this meeting we’ll be electing a few members to one-year terms as well, so that we have a staggered set of term endings for future boards. We’ll be meeting (roughly) monthly, and we hope you can sit on a committee or two as well.

Sound like fun? Drop us a line at admin@happycity.ca. Nominations will be open right up to (and during) the meeting, but if you know in advance that you’ll be running, send us along a short (max 200 words) candidate statement. We’ll send them along before the meeting for your fellow Happy Citizens to read.

Summertime and The City Is Happy

Hi everyone! This is Adam, Happy City’s summer student. I’m working away on a bunch of projects right now, but last weekend I got to go outside with some Happy City volunteers.

We had a grand time at Lantern Fest, despite the cold weather. We had the pleasure of meeting with the bunch of really great people, we got them, through the magic of markers to give us their interpretation of what a happy city is, and why would they would want to see in a happy city, we got the chance to hear what people had to say. Unsurprisingly, there was much griping about the weather, and people made their distaste of the weather known, though we had to tell them with frowns on our faces, that unfortunately we could not do anything about that, as much as we’d like to!

What made Lantern Fest so great was the age range in the people who visited us. We had a great opportunity to listen to a much younger group of people who live in St. John’s. It’s great because it’s a different perspective than what we often get, and hey, if we hook them early it’s likely they will be back for more. Caring for your community can be addicting you know. We hope to make it out to other events in the near future, look out for us as we aim to make your city more happy.

Happy City also had the privilege of Marching in the Pride Parade last weekend. We were one of many groups that were invited to march in the parade and we were situated between the belly dancers and the giant squid!

We were kept motivated not only by the sheer excitement of marching in such an important event but also the sights of all the amazing costumes and the soundtracks yes, soundtracks that played on either side of our walking group. It was noisy, it was positive and it was colorful, it was engaging and we can’t wait to do it again, should we be given the opportunity to do so. If you’d like us at your event let us know, we’d be happy to get involved. As always, drop us a line at admin@happycity.ca anytime.