Friday, October 30, 2009

Squamish Public Library Hosts Community Legal Information Forum

Picture: networking at the forum

Another very successful community legal information forum was held on October 21st. Hosted and chaired by Squamish Public Library reference librarian Marie Palmer, the event included representatives from Service BC, Squamish Helping Hands shelter, RCMP Community Policing, Squamish Chamber of Commerce, Quest University, Sea-to-Sky Community Services, Seniors Connections, Howe Sound Women's Centre, Squamish Council, Povnet, Legal Services Society and LawMatters. Participants discussed local services, and the gaps in local legal resources, and it was agreed that regular meetings of community groups as well as a local directory of services would be good follow-up results of this meeting.

Evaluation comments included appreciation for:
  • "Knowing the library will be spearheading all legal resources links for Squamish"

  • "Connecting in person with individuals - the opportunity to gather resources and do round-table introductions - the Clicklaw website sounds great!"

And some suggestions:

  • "Maybe have a longer break for one-on-one networking."
  • "Provide more information to lawyers and law firms re services available."

We plan to hold legal information forums around the province; if you would like a forum in your community, please contact jfreeman@courthouselibrary.ca .













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