The first STAR Training Event held on October 12 in Vancouver was a great success.

STAR: Introduction to Social Enterprise brought together members of the STAR Team and expert panelists to discuss the social enterprise model as it relates to seniors transportation.

Presentations by Langley (Janice McTaggart, Director of Outreach and Volunteer Services, Langley Senior Resources Society) and Boston (Jean Patel Bushnell, Executive Director, ITN Boston) provided useful and much-appreciated perspectives on the creative solutions as well as the challenges faced by suburban/rural and urban communities.

STAR Team members walked the group through business development tools – needs assessments, feasibility analyses, and business plans – and provided information specifically related to STAR software and marketing.

Many thanks to everyone who braved the inclement weather to attend. We would particularly like to thank our panelists and presenters, Bev Pitman (UWLM), Janice McTaggart (LSRS) and Jean Patel Bushnell (ITN Boston).

Additional training events are now being planned and will be advertised shortly.

Janice McTaggart and Marty Frost

Marg Mahan and Beth Hurford with workshop participants.

Marg Mahan

Steve Beck