One of the key resilience priorities identified through the Victoria West Resilience Snapshot and Resilience Assembly was an interest in bridging across the neighbourhood. Many neighbourhood groups and organizations were interested in coming together to build networks, collaborations, and a more “joined up” approach to neighbourhood development. Many also identified concerns about growing economic and geographic divides among Victoria West’s “sub-neighbourhoods.”
With these and related resilience interests in mind, the Resilient Neighbourhood Resource Table decided to undertake a tangible project together which would enable them to foster greater collaboration between groups and organizations:
They collaboratively coordinated the first-ever Vic West Street Fest.
“I think the experience of diverse groups working together to create a neighbourhood event creates bonds that will likely last. Hopefully those bonds can be reactivated to address the community vulnerabilities.” – Vic West Resilient Neighbourhood Resource Table member
In June of 2015, the outdoor festival took over a prominent street along the downtown waterway, showcasing and celebrating the groups, organizations, businesses and people of the neighbourhood, and drew an estimated 2,500 visitors over the course of the day. The event occurred again in 2016 without any involvement from BRN.