United Way's Executive Director Presents with the City of Nanaimo's Mayor's Task Force

Last night, alongside members of the City of Nanaimo’s Mayor’s Task Force on Recovery and Resilience, United Way’s Executive Director, Signy Madden, presented the Task Force’s recommendations on City-wide strategies to improve the resiliency of Nanaimo, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

In May, the Task Force was formed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the community. Specifically, to address economic impacts, community resiliency and to provide strategic recommendations for recovery to be considered by the Mayor and Council. 

Through community collaboration, the Task Force has compiled six focus areas which will inform the City’s forthcoming five-year fiscal plan and align with the Council's current adopted strategic plan.

  1. Nanaimo BUILDS: A community pride, citizen-directed campaign to generate enthusiasm for the rebuilding of all sectors of Nanaimo's community, including education, recreation, culture, business and community support for those most vulnerable.
  2. Mayor’s Nanaimo Leaders Table: To be established immediately and under Mayor Leonard Krog's leadership, the leaders table will collaborate with multi-levels of government to ask for capital infrastructure for Nanaimo. The leaders table will also help to establish a working group/youth council consisting of representatives from SD68, VIU, venture and technology incubators, youth services, cultural organizations and major employers to develop a plan to address youth (18-34 years) attraction and retention. It will build collaboration among key entities.
  3. Prioritize STRATEGIC Investing: Create a process/criterion to prioritize the strategic investment recognizing Nanaimo as the Heart of the island “north of the Malahat” to develop the best means to improve the economic and social position of the city.
  4. Reconciliation & Anti-racism: Publicly launch an anti-racism awareness program that promotes diversity and inclusivity and furthers progress with Reconciliation.
  5. Prepare for Future “Event”: Prioritize Nanaimo's emergency preparedness and resiliency measures with appropriate actions,  levels, and accessibility to funding that is necessary to address possible future events.
  6. Support for Small Business: Work with the small business community to leverage lessons learned regarding economic resilience, which includes reviewing taxation and funding methods to reduce financial burdens. Develop transportation and digital infrastructure strategy to help sustain small business.


To read more and see the full report visit the City of Nanaimo website, here.


Because of work like this, United Way continues to improve local lives.

By working with local governments, other non-profits and local agencies, we are changing the dial and shifting the systems. Working on the ground and actively participating on coalitions, networks and task forces like this one, we continue to find innovative ways to support our communities and help as many of our neighbours as possible. 

Thank you to the other non-profits and organizations that collaborated and contributed to this Task Force. Together, we can ensure that our community is able to shift and adapt and give residents a whole, connected, healthy, thriving city.