By Cole Parkinson
The beginning stages of starting a new strategic plan has begun for the Town of Vauxhall.
With the end of their previous plan, town council and administration have begun to explore starting a new plan and the first steps were finding a consultant. At council’s regular meeting on March 21, Kimberly Lyall was virtually in council chambers to give a strategic plan pitch to council.
“Right now, I work all over the province, specializing in strategic planning with non-profit organizations and with communities, doing community development,” she explained. “Over the last year and a half or so, I’ve communicated with a number of you in the community about your desire to have a new strategic plan for Vauxhall. I created two proposals related to that, just trying to get a sense of what you might need. Normally, as a consultant, we respond to a request for proposal. So, you would put together a wishlist and I would come back to you with my best proposal on how to meet those wishes.”
From first blush, Lyall provided a quick glimpse of what she sees in the town of Vauxhall. While administration and council did not provide a request for proposal, Lyall did provide council with a plan of what her strategic plan would entail.
“My sense is you have a community with a small tax base, but you have a lot of great things in your community. You all have a passion or you wouldn’t be sitting at this table and you are looking for a plan that will give you a cohesive direction that everyone in the community can get behind and support. And ideally, it’s not just the town that pulls the community forward, but the Ag Society and your community groups, and everybody buys into the shared vision of the potential that Vauxhall has and where as a community you want to go in the future,” she said. “You need to figure out what has happened in the past, so what plan did you have before, what worked and what didn’t, and why. Where are you now, what are your strengths and weaknesses, where are the opportunities and threats, and let’s look at the environment we are operating in and what the impacts of COVID, changing governments upcoming elections, and all of these things. Knowing all of that, where do we want to go? What does Vauxhall want?”
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