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					PLANNING FOR CHANGE:
  REACHING OUT AND
  DEVELOPING LINKS

Polish Canadian Women’s Federation
 FEDERACJA POLEK W KANADZIE
         Branch #8, Ottawa
             ABOUT US

Polish Canadian Women’s Federation is
an organization of Canadian women of
Polish origin dedicated to the promotion of
initiatives and special events that foster an
appreciation of Polish culture, traditions
and heritage in a Canadian multicultural
context.
• Concentration: children, youth and women
• The organization operates as a not-for-
  profit, non-governmental, non-political
  association.
• All activities of the PCWF are
  accomplished through unpaid volunteers.
• We belong to the Canadian Polish
  Congress, Ottawa Carleton Council of
  Women, Friends of Library and Archives
  Canada and since 2009 to Ethno-cultural
  Coalition of the Social Planning Council.
    We strongly believe that each organization could
    be more dynamic and open to new challenges .

•      The first step is to:
•      RE-ASSESS OBJECTIVES, INTERNAL CULTURE,
       POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
•      IDENTIFY THE NEEDS OF ORGANIZATION AND
       THE COMMUNITY
•      (conduct surveys, group discussions)
•      REFLECT ON ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES AND
       FIND ALTERNATIVE WAYS IN WHICH TO EVOLVE
       AS A STRONG ORGANIZATION FOR THE NEXT 10
       YEARS
•      DEVELOP AN ACTION PLAN based on results of
       survey
   THE GOAL IS TO SEEK
  INVOLVMENT FROM THE
MAJORITY OF MEMBERS AS
   WE LOOK FOR WAYS IN
WHICH TO ADDRESS THE KEY
     PROBLEMS IN THE
        COMMUNITY
• 1) An aging population and the need to involve the
  younger generation
• 2) Some organizations in the community are stagnant –
  few are interested in change or a need for reform.
• 3) Initial vision that brought the organization together
  needs to be examined. New (recent) immigrants and the
  first generation have brought new ideas and new ways of
  living in our community.
• 4) identifying the present challenges the ethno-cultural
  organizations face , to develop links to learn different
  ways to look at work in the ethno-cultural organizations
• 5) what will happen if grants will become unavailable ?
  Does the organization stop to exist?? Ways to raise
  funds??
Conduct the Leadership Forum with
the guests from outside the
organization and with participation of
key your organization leaders from
different chapters or organizations
who are having an impact on the
strategic process. The choice of
interviews is limited to the ethnic
groups willing to participate in the
study. Youth representatives are very
important.
Conceptually, the framework of the study is
based on the principles of strategic planning,
models of community development, leadership
and change. To initiate any given strategic
process, an organization has to undergo a
process of self-reflection and self-examination,
where the major strength and weaknesses are
examined, and the ability to respond to changes
in the external and internal environment is
assessed. By external I refer to the community
at large (other organizations), Business,
Government, other ethnic groups and special
interest groups: women, youth.
The relationship between our
organization and various levels of
Government is shaped by the
commitment to participate in broader
Canadian issues and the need to
lobby the Government on various
issues of concern (healthcare, seniors
care, education etc.).
The ability to thrive on opportunities and
overcome challenges is most crucial. Such
a process will lead to identifying key
directions – the driving force which propels
an organization forward. As a result, new
goals will be created and a new vision will
emerge which will inspire others to
perform. If the organization does not
change with times, the risk of
obsolescence is great. However, if it is
dynamic, and anticipates change, growth
occurs.
            References:
Knowling, Robert – Eight Steps to
Transforming Your Organization. Harvard
Business Review. March-April 1995
Polish Canadian Women’s Federation
Report on “ Planning for Change:
Reaching out to the Community and
Developing Links” – Y.Bogorya and
G.Valle

				
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