Neighbourhood Land Trust has been going through strategic planning sessions to identify, prioritize and strategize key areas of activities. Since CLT work is relatively new in Toronto, it has been a challenge to align key milestones and activities with an overall goal of developing a CLT in the Parkdale area.
The strategic planning session identified four key areas – now we are developing them as NLT’s committees.
1. Program Planning committee
This subcommittee supports the development of programs and activities that NLT undertake. It also works directly with key local stakeholders – such as local politicians and land owners – to land acquisition and development. For the first year, the subcommittee works on developing criteria and priorities for land acquisition and community uses of land, and building working relationships with local stakeholders.
2. Communications and Community Engagement committee
This subcommittee works to reach out to and spread the idea of community land trust to the wider community members – both beneficiaries and supporters. The committee also develops key communication materials and messages while spearheading community engagement and community-based participatory planning in order to promote greater community participation and membership development. For the first year, it focuses on developing communication materials and organizing community workshops.
3. Governance committee
This subcommittee’s primary responsibility is organizational development from the legal and governance perspective. The committee works on building a democratic governance model for Parkdale context, while also developing policies and bylaws that reflect the principles of diversity, equity, and democracy. For the first year, the subcommittee works toward obtaining a charitable status with development of policies and bylaws.
4. Fundraising committee
This subcommittee literally is around fundraising – identifying potential funding opportunities, writing proposals, managing grants, and creating fundraising events.
We are at the very beginning now and looking for enthusiastic volunteers who have unique experience and expertise. If you are interested, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!