The Monthly Dig
New Year, New NEAT
2020 Recap. Fireweed Market Grand Opening. Energy Explorers. Volunteer Opportunities.
Welcome to 2021 ! We wish you a very Happy New Year to you from everyone at NEAT.
This year is set to be yet another marquee year for NEAT programming.
Take note, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes!
Working through a global pandemic for more than 9 months was something none of us saw coming. We were just as taken aback as you when the province shut its doors in late March.
But instead of sitting back and waiting to see what was to come, our awesome staff stayed focussed on the future, looking forward to the opportunities to provide programming we could deliver to our community despite the challenges.
Our NEAT-FX Education staff were busy adapting their in-class lessons to work online. Creating video content and lesson plans so teachers were supported in connecting their students with nature. Education Coordinator Susan McGarvey and her staff continue to work on bringing locally designed and delivered programming like Energy Is Awesome, Food Secure Kids, Camp Wildlings, and more.
The NOURISH program and Food Security Coordinator Pauline Bolen really rose to the occasion in 2020.
NOURISH is a local food rescue operating out of the Fort St John Salvation Army, supplying frozen, canned and fresh food to those in need of food assistance in the community.
Through 2020 NOURISH diverted more than 8,394lbs of fresh food from grocery stores and provided it to the clients of the Salvation Army food bank. That includes 5,189lbs of food remade into shelf stable items like canned salsa, pickles, canned fruit, jams and jellies, healthy freezer meals and loaves. During the 2020 BC Winter Games, NOURISH was instrumental in reducing food waste making hundreds of meals from excess food. In all, over 5,908 jars and 3,337 meals and other creations left their doors. What a huge effort.
Congratulations to Pauline, Judy, and Karla for a job well done!
To read more about NOURISH’s first year, click here
What better way to connect to the community than give them something to do during the pandemic. In September NEAT launched the NEAT Bingo EXTRAVAGANZA along with our friends at 100.1 Moose FM. We have watched that program explode since it came online, with players from all over the Peace and as far away as Prince George tuning in to win cash prizes.
To date Bingo EXTRAVAGANZA has given away over $50,000 in prizes !
The proceeds from our Bingo events are funnelled directly into our local programming including online events, market research, food security programming and more. So if you’ve played bingo over the past 4 months, thanks for the continued support and
Grab your tickets HERE
The Northern Co-hort saw significant growth this past summer. Co-Hort Coordinator Bess Legault and her team of Eco-Farm Skills students supported small scale producers from around the Peace with subsidized on-farm labour and educational opportunities.
Bess is leading a collaborative group of producers towards the creation of a local food hub, creating a space for local growers to deliver delicious food and other locally made products directly to customers here in the Peace. The Co-Hort has grown roots in the National Farmers Union and has become fertile ground for students from around the province to come and learn ethical and sustainable farming techniques and practices.
Keep an eye out for Bess and the high quality food products from our Co-Hort producer members at the Fireweed Market and other regional distribution spaces.
Our home online has been given a doctor prescribed facelift. And goodness is it ever pretty.
Our new site is up and running with more info on each of our programs and staff being added every day. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out we suggest you do.
(if you’re reading this on our website…go look around, and thanks for visiting)
Last but not least, this past December saw the doors to the Fireweed Market swing open.
Deb Jarvis, our store manager has a great team of sales staff and support staff working the floors, helping customers, creating events and working diligently to provide our community with healthy self-care, body, food and home decore items. The team downstairs have dedicated their time to helping you make the switch to a greener and healthier lifestyle easier. Fireweed also teamed up with local consignment producers and artisans to sell their products, all in an effort to lower the carbon footprint of our store and bring you closer to the products you want. It’s also a great place to find locally made food products from our Co-Hort members.
Stay tuned for the bulk section – arriving soon!
Cheers to 2020. Now onto the future!
COMING UP FAST!
Energy Explorers 2021
is quickly coming over the horizon. This year’s iteration of this fun & educational energy literacy program will be held inside virtual classrooms February 24th and 25th. The theme this year will be “World Of Energy” focussing on all the different ways energy is becoming more efficient and cleaner.
Holding this event online allows us to open up the conference to a much wider audience. The NEATfx team will be inviting classrooms from the Peace Regions, Northern Alberta, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut to participate. Because we’re widening their reach geographically, we’re also widening our reach educationally. We have sent invites to energy producers, geothermal, wind and solar companies, energy conservationists, authors and educators, from all over the country to share in this awesome learning experience.
We are extremely excited and looking forward to this great event. More info on class registration, presenters and themes will be released soon.
NEAT has some additional volunteer opportunities that you may be interested in.
Our Meals on Wheels program is running at full steam but is always in need of more volunteer support. There are 3 opportunities for you to volunteer with the MOW program:
- 1 kitchen help shift from 9am to 12 noon
- 1 kitchen shift from 1pm to 4pm.
- Deliveries Mon/Tues/Thurs at 4
This support is integral to the success of the program and the health of our clients.
Our goal is to minimize the time volunteers spend driving so the more delivery drivers we bring on board the quicker the meals can be delivered and the more time we’re able to spend with residents who may need a hand opening packages or storing them in their fridge. Plus it’s nice to sit and talk with them without feeling like you need to deliver and dash.
If you’re interested in volunteering please follow this link:
What’s in store for NEAT in 2021? Among widening our programming, discovering new & exciting ways to engage with our community and product development, sits one of our biggest focusses for the year: connecting more closely with our NEAT Membership partners.
We are working diligently at creating a better experience for our NEAT members. Members will start to see “Member Access Only” portions of our website, that may include special access to services available inside the Fireweed Market, access to our new lending library, as well as discounts at the Fireweed Market till on certain products and/or events. Members may also be the first to know about NEAT events & services, registrations or projects around the community. Plus a tiered membership scale will allow new members to decide on which benefits suit them best.
We are really looking at how best to show our members our appreciation for their support.
As soon as these updates are available we will make them public.
NEAT is currently looking to add a new member to it’s team.
We are looking to fill the FULL TIME SHIPPING CLERK position.
This is a full time position, based on 40 hours per week and is eligible for benefits after a three month probation period. NEAT is a local non-profit organization that also runs a Drop Depot servicing Purolator, Cold Shot, and UPS. If you’re organized and enjoy a fast paced work day, this might be the job for you!
- Greeting and serving customers in an efficient and courteous manner
- Handling customer complaints and inquiries professionally and in a timely fashion
- Working to resolve shipping issues
- Working to resolve equipment and technology challenges
- Building a positive relationship with the rest of the staff at NEAT
- Building a positive relationship with, delivery drivers, customers, and the community
- Assisting with shipping details and account challenges
- Accepting cash or debit/credit transactions
- Basic computer skills are a necessity: Email programs, telephone, daily cash out reports, etc.
- Interact professionally with contractors
- Effectively communicate in a positive manner with customers, staff and management
- Listen to customer inquiries and assist in finding solution when problems arise
Personal Responsibility and Accountability
- Adhering to provincial and organizational safety standards
- Demonstrate NEAT values of Integrity, Collaboration, Sustainability, Leadership, and Teamwork through interactions with others
- Demonstrated customer service experience
- Experience using POS system and handling cash
- Ability to lift 50 pounds
- Comfortable with standing for the majority of the shift
- Professional communication skills
- Listening skills
All NEAT employees are required to provide a criminal records check and two references. NEAT is dedicated to celebrating diversity and creating a culture of inclusiveness. As such, we encourage all qualified persons to apply!
How to Apply
Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a resume Through NEAT.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR:
Welcome to the first NEAT newsletter of 2021. We are glad that you’re here with us and hope to share some fun, quirky, and enlightening experiences over the next twelve months.
I think we all took a deep breath as the clock rolled over to January and, here at NEAT, we were ready for the New Year in a new building, with a new store, and a heap of new ideas!
We welcomed resolution season confident that we have a strong plan, an engaged and dynamic team of board and staff, and a clear idea of where we are going. Our path is paved with the vision to “inspire healthy, vibrant, and connected communities to practice sustainable actions” and we have a strong lineup of programs and services to connect us and help us all tread a little lighter on this place we call home.
Over the next year, we are going back to nature with Pro-D Days and Camp Wildlings, supporting regenerative agricultural production in the region through the Northern Co-Hort, and ensuring that food gets to those that need it through NOURISH and Meals on Wheels. We also have a community survey coming out shortly that’s asking what you think about the relationship between the economy and the environment, and in February we are hosting a digital version of Energy Explorers, our energy literacy conference for grades 5-8.
If you haven’t stopped by the Fireweed Market yet, we invite you to come by. We’ve got a great selection of zero waste supplies, as well as, food and household items from local producers. Bulk supplies have just arrived and you should definitely check out the fresh ground nut butters.
A gentle reminder that NEAT is committed to providing a safe work environment for all of our staff and visitors; until Dr. Henry’s recommendations change, masks are required for all of our service areas.
Here’s to a healthy, connected 2021,