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CR-FAIR structure and initiatives

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Members: The Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable is made up of members (groups who support CR-FAIR mission). The group is led by Co-Chairs and meets once annually to participate in a networking and planning meeting. At the meeting they review the past years' work, discuss the current situation and trends, set priorities for collaborative work in the region for the coming year, and reaffirm their commitment and role in CR-FAIR’s workplan. In some cases community partners and advisors also participate in this meeting. CR-FAIR members are listed on the website and letterhead, giving credibility to this work.

CR-FAIR "Steering Committee": This committee is made up of member representatives who commit to implementing the vision of the roundtable members. The Co-Chairs also chair this group. Representatives are set for a year term and attend monthly meetings. Their primary function is to oversee projects and funding, and deal with issues and opportunities as they arise. Members of this group carry the primary responsibility of accountability to the Community Social Planning Council Board to deal with budgets and liaise around fiduciary responsibilities. This group also provides guidance and oversight of the Coordinator. Core ongoing activities of the Steering Committee are to develop an annual workplan and budget, organize the Annual CR-FAIR Members Meeting, Food Matters Public Forum, Making Food Matter Newsletter, facilitate the monthly subregional networking roundtables and liaise with the working groups. Meetings are generally open for observation.

CR-FAIR “Working Groups”: Generally the Working Groups are thematic (Food Systems Policy and Planning, Farmlands Advisory, Food Access Working Group, Food Indicators and Assessment ). It is through the working groups that key education, policy or research initiatives are derived and implemented. They are made up of interested parties which may be both members and non members of CR-FAIR. They are led or supported by a liaison on the Steering Committee and supported by the Coordinator.

CR-FAIR Roundtable Networking Meetings are open to any groups and individuals to attend. They are hosted by groups or individuals in rotating locations around the Capital Region. Generally there is no set agenda, with introductions of the people present and discussion of any areas of interest to the participants. The primary purpose is network and sub-regional capacity building. The Steering Committee and Coordinator helps to liaise with hosts, create the annual calendar, and get the word out to potential participants.

Community Social Planning Council is the legal sponsor for CR-FAIR, and CR-FAIR activities must stay in line with the mission, mandate, and policies of the Community Social Planning Council. Any agreements signed by CR-FAIR must also be approved by an authorized signatory of the Council.

CR-FAIR Coordinator: Linda Geggie

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CR-FAIR funding support provided through:

Vancouver Foundation

United Way of Greater Victoria
Office of Community-Based Research
VIHA Financial support for this project provided by Vancouver Island Health Authority's "Community Food Action Initiative" through ActNow BC - the government of BC’s investment in promoting healthy choices through a partnership-based, community-focused approach to improve nutrition, increase physical activity & reduce tobacco use.