As we go about our business and engagements, we need to make sure and have some substance to what we are trying to bring across. Too often people are saying things off-the-cuff, as the saying goes.
In my view, one situation that has been developing over the years is the establishment of one committee after another.
As the fiscal year winds down people are tired and they say, “We are meeting’ed out”. Where do we draw the line or how do we reach the target group while influencing the majority of the populace?
Several years ago, my community decided that in order to bring a message across in the interest of the health and well-being of the residents, they formed an inter-agency group in a well-organized cross-section of stakeholders and delivered a theme.
The turn-out was amazing with most organizations represented.
As the weeks and months rolled along, the membership began to dwindle for various reasons. The explanations were valid as some moved away or became focused on a specific involvement but soon the inter-agency could not meet due to low or no numbers.
Having said all this, I would like to point out that those who were dedicated in seeing this agency work stuck it out to the end with great disappointment.
I think we’ve all noticed that when something new is introduced, many jump on the band wagon but when the “real” work begins there is apprehension and hesitation.
We need to go back to the Inuit Qaujimajatuqannit and seriously apply them in order to see results in our engagements; respecting others, relationships and caring for people; fostering good by being open, welcoming and inclusive; serving and providing for family and/or community; decision making through consensus; development of skills through practice, effort and action; working together for a common cause; being innovative and resourceful and; respect and care for the land, animals and the environment.
This attitude of outreach will act as an inter-agency with everyone involved.