Today, heritage is broadly defined and can include almost all aspects – past, present and future – of a community. A successful Community Heritage Commission (CHC) is one that brings together individuals with a range of experiences, interests, and cultural backgrounds so that the commission as a whole can consider the community’s diverse heritage.
The following suggests the types of members and ways in which local governments connect to their communities:
Staff representation can include:
New members, along with the entire commission, should receive training and orientation. This includes an introduction to the terms of reference and a thorough discussion of the CHC’s work, member expectations, and local government goals. This can easily be accomplished in one meeting. The success of CHCs often rests on the members’ knowledge and common understanding of heritage issues and practices. This can be easily and effectively addressed with Heritage BC webinars-on-demand (link) or with on-site or remote (through an electronic platform) workshops (link).