Over the last 16 years, many concerned Chilliwack residents have worked to address the most urgent of its social issues. This process involved several advisory committees and action plans that culminated in 2010 with a series of public forums, the outcomes of which were summarized in the Chilliwack Healthier Community Strategic Action Plan (CHCSAP). The first action that came out of this plan was the formation of a partnership group – Chilliwack Healthier Community (CHC), with the purpose of bringing agencies and organizations together, to combine their efforts, expertise, knowledge and resources – in order to tackle Chilliwack’s most complex social issues.
In its first year, this partnership established its structure, carried out its first collaborative projects, promoted the success of others, and delivered a forum series aimed at asking the community to define their highest priority issues, offer solutions, and help us to determine the next steps. We know that no one organization can address these issues, and that only by working together will we be successful in making Chilliwack a Healthier Community.
CHC is loosely based on a “constellation" model of governance, meaning the majority of the work we do is accomplished through smaller groups, off-shoots from the partnership. We have several kinds of constellation groups: Working Groups, Task Teams, Collaborations and Participation. for further information see "What We Do".