Editorial: Getting the right players together solves a problem
August 14, 2013
By Editorial Board
Sometimes it is just a matter of getting the right players to sit down at the table. At the Key Leaders Summit Aug. 12 at Chief Kanim Middle School in Fall City, the right players included community activists, civic leaders, city employees, and representatives from non-profit groups.
The Summit is an annual event organized by the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network (SVCN). The Network was started in 1994 to create a caring community that promotes healthy children and families and supporting children at risk.
The theme for this year’s Summit was Snapshot of a Healthy Community.
Healthy communities are no accident. Like the proverbial village needed to raise a child, many committed individuals, organizations and government services build strong communities. With the current multiple demands on agencies and reduced resources, the vision of this year’s SVCN Summit was to connect groups for potential partnerships.
The day began with panelists from agencies describing the services they provide. The five included: Ashley DeForest of King County Metro talking about bus service; Nichole Sanders from the City of Snoqualmie talking about healthy programs; David Burger of Snoqualmie Strategies Group sharing sustainable environmental practices he brings to landowners and farmers; Kathy Brasch from the Duvall/Carnation Citizen Corps which trains citizens for emergencies; and Kirsten Erickson, the reference librarian for the King County Libraries in Fall City, North Bend and Snoqualmie.
The more than 70 participants were just as diverse as the panelists. There were community activists, a deputy fire chief from Eastside Fire & Rescue, a King County sheriff, representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Encompass, the Mt. Si Food Bank and from the North Bend Theatre.
How could anything, beyond funding issues and the desire to help the community, tie this diverse group together? Turns out a common need did emerge.
After the panel presentation and a question-and-answer session, each table group described what their vision of what the Valley needed. Table after table responded the same way – a common website to pool their information.
Timing, it seems, is everything.
Nate Perea, chief executive officer of the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, raised his hand and announced a new website.
“We’re happy to be the host agency,” he said. “We’ve been working on it and snovalley.org will be launched within a month.”
Sometimes all it takes is to get everyone sitting down together.