LIRN BC - Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC

Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN BC)

LIRN BC is a collaborative approach to building on the capacities of rural, remote and Northern British Columbian communities. The LIRN BC process encourages local government, provincial, federal, First Nations, non-government organizations (community-based, regional and provincial) and businesses to work together to plan, deliver and evaluate a locally relevant learning initiative. LIRN BC is made possible through a partnership of government and non-government organizations that recognize the strengths and challenges of rural, remote and Northern BC communities.


LIRN BC can bring trainers and facilitators to your community to deliver a learning event for residents. Watch for our yearly EOI which is circulated during the Spring and provides brief descriptions of 25 workshop topics that can be utilized to support your community to move forward.


The support offered by LIRN BC generally includes: event planning, workshop and/or dialogue design, facilitation, training, and reporting services that are related to each learning event. The community (through a local steering committee) is expected to help with planning, marketing, providing a venue, and providing catering if needed (this can be through charging admission). LIRN BC does not provide direct funding or cash.

The current LIRN BC partners are:

  • Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC (ANHBC)

  • BC Healthy Communities (PlanH Program)

  • UBC Library, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

  • Leave Out Violence (LOVE) Society of BC

  • PeerNetBC

  • Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia (SPARC BC)

  • Vantage Point

  • Volunteer BC

  • YouthCo

These partners have combined their expertise and resources to facilitate community learning and collaboration in rural and northern communities. The content and format for a LIRN BC event takes shape through discussions between the LIRN BC partners and the local community. In order to help you develop a focus for your event, the LIRN BC partners have developed a diverse list of learning topics from which you can select a limited number of options that are most appropriate for your development needs and interests.



Call for Expressions of Interest 2018/19
Due: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 5:00pm*

Click here to download the EOI document, including application form.

Please send completed application to Sarah Huebert at: shuebert@sparc.bc.ca

* This deadline is flexible. If you are interested in a workshop, we want to ensure you are able to take the time needed to complete and submit the application form. If you need an extension please contact Sarah at: shuebert@sparc.bc.ca