SVCLS Statement of Principles and Values

We acknowledge that the work we are doing takes place on the unceded traditional territory of the Indigenous peoples of this region.

The Slocan Valley Community Legacy Society is committed to promoting and upholding the following principles and values:

Principle 1: We recognize the strengths and limits of the Valley’s human and natural resources.

Values:

  • We are committed to love of place for the Slocan Valley and its many communities.
  • We recognize and value the diversity of the Slocan Valley including its varied social, cultural, environmental and economic dimensions.
  • We recognize that we are part of an interdependent web of life which we are all called to nurture and sustain.

Principle 2: Committed individuals can make a difference in the quality of life and the environment of the Slocan Valley.

Values: We believe that the SVCLS should

  • Support our communities to be resilient and vital
  • Protect, promote and enhance the natural environment
  • Act as a catalyst
  • Promote creativity and innovation (we are open to non-traditional solutions)

Principle 3: To be effective, the SVCLS Board must demonstrate respect, competence, commitment and longevity.

Values: We believe that the SVCLS should

  • Enrich interconnectedness, inter-dependency, understanding and respect among the individuals, communities and organizations with which we work and serve.
  • Practice leadership that anticipates, innovates and is committed to excellence.
  • Support community capacity building and volunteerism throughout the Slocan Valley.
  • Engage and energize our active membership.

Principle4: SVCLS inspires donors to make meaningful contributions to the community

Values: In our development work, we will:

  • Create more energy than we expend (or cause others to expend).
  • Leverage resources to produce outcomes that are greater than the sum of parts involved.
  • Work in a transparent and accountable manner.
  • Promote philanthropy generally by educating the community about opportunities for contributing through SVCLS.

This statement was created by the Board of Directors as a draft document on September 26th, 2012, and approved by the Board of Directors on January 16, 2013. This statement is meant to be a living document, subject to periodic review so as to ensure its relevance and vitality.

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