Community Mapping Presentation of Agassiz, BC. By - Ali Fermaniuk
Welcome to Agassiz, BC. Part of the District of Kent, Agassiz is a small rural town nestled in the upper Fraser Valley, northeast of Chilliwackand right next to Harrison Hot Springs, BC. Harrison Hot Springs is a connected, sister community to Agassiz.
Harrison is a large tourist attraction in BC (with many lakes and outdoor activities as well as site seeing), which enables Agassiz to get moreexposure, especially during the summer months.Many of Agassiz’s and Harrison’s services are combined.
A taste of Agassiz’s community history... Agassiz began as a small settler community after the mid 1800’s Gold Rush brought many new settlers into BC. The ﬁrst families to discover and settle in the Agassiz area were the famous Agassiz family and T.B. Hicks. The ﬁrst commerce took place between the Hudson’s Bay Company and the local Salish natives (Sto:Lo) along the Fraser River. Soon many more people moved in and the Fraser River remained the community’s lifeline for trade and commerce. Interestingly, one of the ﬁrst ﬁve agricultural research centre farms in Canada was established in Agassiz in 1889, and is now the Paciﬁc Agri-Food Research Centre. The facility was created to assist new settlers in familiarizing with the unfamiliar habitat. With the arrival of the Canadian Paciﬁc Railway train and the establishment of the District of Kent In the late nineteenth century, Agassiz became a new prospering community.Agassiz became known as the “Corn Capital of British Columbia” after the great Fraser River Flood of 1948 wiped out the region’s hop crops and corn became the new major crop in Agassiz.
Services within the communityBetter BeginningsParenting Programs RCMP- The Royal Canadian-The Family Place Mounted PoliceFamily Support/Youth Outreach Ambulance ServiceYouth Inclusion Programs Agassiz FireDepartmentEmergency Food Bank Search & RescueEmployment Services Health ServicesSubstance Misuse Services Veterinary ServicesThrift Store Kent-Harrison Community-Senior Peer Counsellors Disaster Assistance ProgramFriendly Phone Program Post OfﬁceCALL Program (Community Adult Literacy & Learning) Community LibraryEnglish Conversation Circle Municipal HallEnglish as a Second Language Settlement Assistance Program Community Newspaper(ESL-SAP)
Voices Within the Community-What ! " p#mary function of " community? -Well-establ!hed, .rong community Ag#cultural, logging, small business -I volunteer at " senior’s residence and help at " schools -+ere ! an emphas! on " a-s in Har#son, which beneﬁts " community!-What are yr likes/(slikes of " community? -Community members .rongly involved /connectedness F#endly, rural, community o#ented-I am 33 years old, born and ra!ed in Agassiz, my fa)er was a cu.o(an, my mo)er a hair salon o/er -Likes: f#endly, know everyone, safe D!likes: know everyone, not a lot of activities -Our entire family has done a lot of voluntee#ng -More services needed for y) wi) Agassiz Har#son Aquanauts Swim Club, -Need more activities for families Annual Music Festival, tree planting, nursing #vers, etc. -+ere are a lot of community events via " local ﬁtness and recreational dept., +e Lions Club, +e Elks Club, etc.
Community Strengths and Assets Map Provincial & Federal Funding Healthcare Community Programs & Involvement Community Health Clinic UBC Dairy Research & Crime Prevention Awareness ArtsCorrectional Service Local Businesses Education & Development Volunteering Research Centre Individual Skills of Canada Farming Community Agricultural Community Policing RCMP Personal Support / Community Support Industry Networks Food Bank Thrift Store Community Bank Recreation Parenting & Better Beginnings Financial Institution Elementary/ Youth Inclusion Programs Retirement Living High School Family & Youth Support Social Services
Community Needs Map Lack of Job Opportunity Outcry for More Recreational/Entertainment Resources Lack of Indifference Age Substance AbuseInvolvement between Divide Boredom Crime age divides withFirst Nations Indifference towards youthCommunities in the community Lack of Resources for Youth
Community Growth and RenewalFor information on Agassiz community projects, go to:http://www.district.kent.bc.ca/lik-communities-in-bloom.html
A special thanks to Agassiz-Harrison Community Services staff and other small businesses and residents of the community! I couldn’t have done this project without your insight, thank you for your help! I have really enjoyed researching and exploring the community of Agassiz!