I have listed the Katzie First Nation on the Needs Map, but they are also part of the Strengths Map under racial diversity. Although the Katzie people have many needs, I believe they are also one of the biggest strengths of the community.
One of the biggest challenges mentioned by City Councillors was protecting the environmental sensitive land of the community.
Both a City Councillor and a RCMP Constable told me that traffic issues were one of the biggest challenges faced by the community.
MRPM Community Services is a definite strength within the community. Some programs are run in Pitt Meadows, although some are in Maple Ridge, as the offices are located there. Many resources are shared with Maple Ridge, which can be both positive and negative. Because Maple Ridge is the bigger city, Pitt Meadows residents often have to go there for services.
Currently under construction, it will be finished in the Fall of this year.
This is a relatively new association. I went to one of their community events and found it met their goals of capturing a community atmosphere and sense of neighbourhood.
This is just a sample of some of the events and festivals in Pitt Meadows. For the most part, they really build a sense of community, as they are open to everyone and are usually free.
Pitt Meadows Day is the biggest event of the year in the community. It is a full day event with activities for all ages, ending with fireworks at night. As the news article mentions, thousands of people participate.
I was unable to get a picture of the carvings, but I have seen them in the library and they are really quite amazing when you consider how many “unskilled” people worked on them. I think it is another good example of community building.
Pitt Meadows - Description City incorporated in 1914 Population: 18,200 Size: 8825 hectares of land and water 86% of land in Agricultural Land Reserve 85% of residents live in the 404 hectare urban core Located in the Lower Fraser Valley, east of Vancouver, situated on the north side of the Fraser River at its junction with the Pitt River 40 km of dikes protect community from flooding and provide a multi-use trail system Contains some of Canada’s most productive, lush farmland crops, particularly blueberries and cranberries
Pitt Meadows – Community Profile Age demographics (% of population) 0 – 19 years 26% 20 – 39 years 26% 40 – 59 years 32% 60 + years 16% Aboriginal Identity Population: 385 (300 live on reserve) Private Households: 6718 Language spoken most often at home English 89% Other 11% Visible minority 15% Median Income $ 32,830 8.4% of people in low income bracket 9.3% of total income for community comes from government transfers
Needs Map Traffic & Affordable Poverty Transportation Housing Issues Social service Many resourcesPartnerships with offices not shared with Katzie First located in neighbouring Nation community community More revenues Environmental Broad range of to pay for Sensitivity income levels services
First inhabitants of Pitt Meadows Coast Salish People Halkomelem Dialect 460 members 300 members reside on 150 acre reserve located in Pitt Meadows Developing partnerships with City of Pitt Meadows for various services and programs Although the Katzie people have many needs, they are also one on the greatest strengths of the community
Traffic issues The worst intersection for motorcycle crashes locally is Lougheed Highway and Harris Road, where 588 crashes have taken place since 2007. The New/Files Published: July 26, 2012 4:00 PM A City Councillor, as well as an RCMP Officer, both indicated to me that traffic issues were one of the biggest problems the community faced.
Strengths & Capacity Map Individuals Primary Gifts, Skills, Capacity and Knowledge of City Hall residents, including youth, adults, and Two community centres seniors Recreation centre, arts and rec programs for all ages Racial and Ethnic diversity Seniors Centre Economic diversity Events and festivals Equipment and resources Pitt Meadows Community Foundation and Association Preschools Secondary Daycares Youth lounge and skate park Community Policing office Churches Fire department Chamber of Commerce Heritage and Museum Society Schools – 4 elementary, 1 high school Agricultural Land Library Playgrounds, Sports fields Social Services delivered by Maple Ridge Local business Pitt Meadows Community Services Transportation – roads, bus, commuter Potential train, airport Parks, diking system, trails & bike paths, Metro Vancouver Parks Board golf courses BC Housing – more subsidized units Housing co-ops, low income and seniors Capital improvements for infrastructure housing Generating revenue through non-tax Commercial businesses, banks revenues such as fees for filming, highway Doctors, lawyers, dentists, specialists use, signs and permits
Aboriginal Services Fraser River All Nations Aboriginal Society Support / Volunteer program – connects adults with developmental disabilities with volunteer opportunities in community Legal resources Child, youth and family services Seniors Mental Health Many social service resources, including this one, are shared with Maple Ridge. This is both a positive and negative. Since Maple Ridge is the larger community, most of the social services are located there.
New Westbrooke Seniors Living Community to be completed in Fall 2012 Includes a 9500 sq. ft. Seniors Centre which contains facilities for social events, a large hall with stage, arts and crafts room and lounge Designed in cooperation with the Ridge Meadows Seniors Society and will be run by a non profit, in partnership with Parks and Leisure Services.
Bringing People Together for a Better Pitt Meadows Goal To join hands with community partners, offering public events that capture a community atmosphere, a sense of neighbourhood, advance knowledge through community lectures and to facilitate effective dialogue and interaction between all interested parties. I recently attended one of their events, which definitely met these goals.
Events & Festivalso Pitt Meadows Dayo Osprey Dayso Summer Serenadeo Bard in the Squareo Heritage dayso Osprey Village Tree lightingo Terry Fox Runo Canada Day celebrationo Sports Tournaments
Thousands of people lined the streets in Pitt Meadows on Saturday to cheer on the 75 entries in the annual parade. Photograph by: Sylver McLaren and Tracy Boyd , Special to The TIMES As with most of Pitt Meadows’ community events, Pitt Meadows Day welcomes all residents, as there are free activities for all ages.
Spirit of WoodCommunity CarvingProjecto Designed by a local artist to celebrate the rich history and traditions of the Katzie First Nations, as well as sports and recreation partnerships, festivals, community volunteers, Pitt Meadows airport and Golden Ears bridgeo This community building project included 1060 residents of Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge who participated at over 40 carving sessionso Carvings are located in the new Pitt Meadows library