REIMAGINE NANAIMO

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Our vibrant city, view from Mt. Benson

Our City, Our Voices.

REIMAGINE NANAIMO is our opportunity to create a collective vision and road map for our future City. Together, we will identify our strengths to appreciate what we have today, and look forward to new opportunities to strengthen and grow our community. As our population grows to 100,000 residents and beyond, we need to collectively imagine how our spaces and places evolve to better meet the needs of our natural environment and of all who live here.

What kind of city will Nanaimo be in 20 years and beyond?

Our community plans will be built with ideas from individuals, groups, and organizations through their participation in REIMAGINE NANAIMO. To be successful, we need voices from across our community to share in the conversation. A key aim of this process is to be accessible to everyone – regardless of your age, your time constraints, or your knowledge base – it's easy to be part of building our community vision. We are committed to cultural safety and humility, LGBTQ2S+, accessibility and inclusiveness. The plans that we create together will guide the decisions that shape our City over the coming years.

Nanaimo is for all of us. Let's reimagine our future – together.

Our City, Our Voices.

REIMAGINE NANAIMO is our opportunity to create a collective vision and road map for our future City. Together, we will identify our strengths to appreciate what we have today, and look forward to new opportunities to strengthen and grow our community. As our population grows to 100,000 residents and beyond, we need to collectively imagine how our spaces and places evolve to better meet the needs of our natural environment and of all who live here.

What kind of city will Nanaimo be in 20 years and beyond?

Our community plans will be built with ideas from individuals, groups, and organizations through their participation in REIMAGINE NANAIMO. To be successful, we need voices from across our community to share in the conversation. A key aim of this process is to be accessible to everyone – regardless of your age, your time constraints, or your knowledge base – it's easy to be part of building our community vision. We are committed to cultural safety and humility, LGBTQ2S+, accessibility and inclusiveness. The plans that we create together will guide the decisions that shape our City over the coming years.

Nanaimo is for all of us. Let's reimagine our future – together.

Creative Community Contest

Share your creative ideas for how you REIMAGINE NANAIMO for our future!
Express your ideas through photo, drawing, painting, collage, poetry & more!

As part of REIMAGINE NANAIMO, the City is inviting creative participation! Love to draw or take photos? Have a dream for our City that is best expressed through dance or a colourful design? Want to share your ideas through painting, collage or digital illustration? We are eager for your input! Drawings, photos, paintings, digital illustrations, collages, poetry and short videos are all welcome. This project aims to encourage creative exploration, idea generation, critical thinking, and fun. Submissions from people of all ages and abilities are welcome! Head outside with your camera or sketchbook, or sit around the table with members of your household to talk about the future, play and create, and send us the result!

What you need to know:

  • Each week from August 10 to September 14, we'll be adding a new challenge question to get you thinking about the Creative Community Contest and about our City. 
  • Participants are welcome to submit for each challenge (1 per challenge, for up to 6 submissions in total). 
  • You can respond to any or all of the weekly challenges at any time during the contest window. 
  • Submissions will be accepted up to Wednesday, September 30, 2020.
  • To enter you must agree to the full terms and conditions available here. By submitting an entry you are agreeing to the terms and conditions.
  • All ages and abilities are invited to submit; however, please note that submissions by children 12 years or younger must be by a consenting adult on behalf of the minor.
  • All works must be the creator's original work.
  • Submissions will be publicly posted for viewing on getinvolvednanaimo.ca
  • All eligible submissions will be entered into the Contest Prize Draw to win a $500 gift card to your choice of ONE local Nanaimo: electronics store OR bike shop OR grocery store. The draw is scheduled for Monday, Oct 5, 2020 and the winning entrant will be notified within 48 hours. Only the winning entrant will be contacted.

The Weekly Challenges: Check here each Monday for a new challenge.

  • Challenge 1: How We Adapt & Stay Green - Show us your idea for making Nanaimo greener or reducing the impacts of climate change!
  • Challenge 2: How We Connect & Play - Show us your great ideas for parks, recreation, and culture in Nanaimo!
  • Challenge 3: How We Care - What is the heart of Nanaimo? Is it a place? Is it an experience?
  • Challenge 4: How We Work - Show us what a thriving economy looks like for Nanaimo's future! What jobs are there? What types of businesses? Where do you work?
  • Challenge 5: How We Move - Show us how you imagine getting around Nanaimo in the future!
  • Challenge 6: How We Live - Show us your future dream neighbourhood in Nanaimo! What defines its character? What kinds of housing are there?

How to Submit Your Creative Community Contest entry:

Option 1: Upload below to the REIMAGINE NANAIMO site using the following instructions:

  • Click in the light blue space below (in the field that says "Start your story by providing a title...")
  • Provide a title for your work, and a brief written description (100 words max) below
  • To upload an image of your work, click the image () icon from the toolbar in the window below. This will allow you to select an image file to upload from your device.
  • For video submissions, click on the video () icon in the window below, and provide a URL link or embedded code for your video file. Please note, your video file cannot be uploaded directly here, it must be hosted elsewhere (e.g. YouTube or another platform). For a step-by-step tutorial on how to create an account and video upload to YouTube to obtain a link this way, please see this article.
  • The max file upload size for this platform is 50 MB (larger files will take longer to upload)
  • After your upload is complete, you'll receive an email confirmation with instructions for the draw entry

Option 2: Email to reimagine@nanaimo.ca

  • Send us an email with your submission including: 1. Title, 2. Brief Description (100 words or less), and 3. File attachment
  • Please note: File attachments cannot be a .zip file, and max file size is 10 MB.
  • You will receive an email response within 2-5 business days to confirm your submission and provide the instructions for the contest prize draw entry
  • Trouble shooting: If you get a bounce back email, first check that your email file size does not exceed 10 MB, and that the file type is not a folder or a .zip file. If you are still not able to submit successfully, submit a plain text email (no attachments or files of any kind) to the address above requesting further assistance, or call 250-755-4464.

Thank you for your Creative Community Contest entry. 

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    How We Connect & Play: Multi-Generational Spaces

    by jdburnley, about 1 month ago

    Looking forward, Nanaimo should look to create more (or enhance existing) multi-generational spaces that could play host to a number of casual activities and sports. Similar to the parks around the city that have seen recent improvements, these can be places that could promote healthy living and community building, all while providing a safe and inclusive space for residents of any age. Fitness equipment, small-sided sports pitches, benches, paved pathways, and all-season covered areas should be considered…


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    Corny Cornucopia

    by MKoch, about 2 months ago

    "Lettuce" plant more local food and flowers for people, birds, and bees!

    How many types of fruits, veggies, and flowers can you spot in this photo?