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Bamfield, BC: Wonderful Things Can Happen at the End of the Road

Community Story by Anne Makhoul

Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) created the Office of Learning Technologies (OLT) in 1996 to encourage innovative, technology-based learning. Anne Makhoul describes the particular economic circumstances of Bamfield, BC, a small community on the coast of Vancouver Island. During its history Bamfield has endured economic hardship ranging from telegraph facility closures, fishing bans on abalone, and the impact of the actions of a businessman who acquired substantial properties and businesses in the community but was later arrested.

Makhoul outlines Bamfield’s successful application to OLT. It was based on three community goals: 1) to contribute to Bamfield’s growth and sustainability and to build a network of like-minded communities along Vancouver Island’s central coast; 2) to develop entrepreneurial activity that would support the area’s economic and social health; and 3) to contribute to the health and sustainability of settlements on the west coast of Vancouver Island by building on existing community capacity. The author explains that the first and third goals entail building a West Coast Learning Network. Makhoul elaborates on the development of the network and also highlights Bamfield’s successes.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Anne Makhoul;
Publisher: Caledon Institute of Social Policy [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2004; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: Provincial;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Cities & Communities / Economic Development
Policy Articles / Education / Skills Training
Policy Articles / Cities & Communities / Economic Development / 2004
Policy Articles / Education / Skills Training / 2004
Policy Articles / Cities & Communities
Policy Articles / Education
Policy Articles / Labour & Markets
Policy Articles / Labour & Markets / Job Creation
Policy Articles / Labour & Markets / Job Creation / 2004

Keywords / Tags:

Human Resources Development Canada; Office of Learning Technologies; Bamfield; British Columbia; economic hardship; West Coast Learning Network; community development;