Text of HUMS 1581 Community Mapping Project on Agassiz, BC
1. Community Mapping Presentationof Agassiz, BC.By - Ali
2. Welcome to Agassiz, BC.Part of the District of Kent, Agassiz
isa small rural town nestled in the upper Fraser Valley, northeast
of Chilliwackand right next to Harrison Hot Springs, BC. Harrison
Hot Springs is a connected, sister community to Agassiz. 3. Some
Attractions... 4. Harrison is a large touristattraction in BC (with
manylakes and outdoor activitiesas well as site seeing),
whichenables Agassiz to get moreexposure, especially during
thesummer months.Many of Agassizs and Harrisonsservices are
combined. 5. A taste of Agassizs community history...Agassiz began
as a small settler community after the mid 1800s Gold Rush brought
many new settlers into BC.The rst families to discover and settle
in the Agassiz area were the famous Agassiz family and T.B. Hicks.
The rst commerce took place between the Hudsons Bay Company and the
local Salish natives (Sto:Lo) alongthe Fraser River. Soon many more
people moved in and the Fraser River remained the communitys
lifeline for trade and commerce.Interestingly, one of the rst ve
agricultural research centre farms in Canada was established in
Agassiz in 1889, and is now the Pacic Agri-Food Research Centre.
The facility was created to assist new settlers in familiarizing
with the unfamiliar habitat. With the arrival of the Canadian Pacic
Railway train and the establishment of the District of Kent In the
late nineteenth century, Agassiz became a new prospering
community.Agassiz became known as the Corn Capital of British
Columbia after the great Fraser River Flood of 1948 wiped out
theregions hop crops and corn became the new major crop in Agassiz.
6. Spirit of the community 7. Services within the communityBetter
BeginningsParenting Programs RCMP- The Royal Canadian-The Family
Place Mounted PoliceFamily Support/Youth OutreachAmbulance
ServiceYouth Inclusion Programs Agassiz FireDepartmentEmergency
Food Bank Search & RescueEmployment ServicesHealth
ServicesSubstance Misuse ServicesVeterinary ServicesThrift Store
Kent-Harrison Community-Senior Peer CounsellorsDisaster Assistance
ProgramFriendly Phone Program Post OfceCALL Program (Community
Adult Literacy & Learning) Community LibraryEnglish
Conversation CircleMunicipal HallEnglish as a Second Language
Settlement Assistance Program Community Newspaper(ESL-SAP) 8.
Community Involvement 9. Major Employers within the Community 10.
Voices Within the Community-What ! " p#mary function of "
community? -Well-establ!hed, .rong community Ag#cultural, logging,
small business-I volunteer at " seniors residence and help at "
schools -+ere ! an emphas! on " a-s in Har#son, which benets "
community!-What are yr likes/(slikes of " community? -Community
members .rongly involved /connectedness F#endly, rural, community
o#ented-I am 33 years old, born and ra!ed in Agassiz, my fa)er was
a cu.o(an, my mo)er a hair salon o/er -Likes: f#endly, know
everyone, safeD!likes: know everyone, not a lot of activities -Our
entire family has done a lot of voluntee#ng-More services needed
for y)wi) Agassiz Har#son Aquanauts Swim Club,-Need more activities
for families Annual Music Festival, tree planting, nursing #vers,
etc.-+ere are a lot of community events via " local tness and
recreational dept., +e Lions Club, +e Elks Club, etc. 11. Community
Strengths and Assets Map Provincial & Federal FundingHealthcare
Community Programs & Involvement Community Health Clinic UBC
Dairy Research & Crime Prevention Awareness ArtsCorrectional
ServiceLocal Businesses Education & DevelopmentVolunteering
Research CentreIndividual Skillsof CanadaFarming Community
AgriculturalCommunity PolicingRCMP Personal Support / Community
Support IndustryNetworksFood Bank Thrift Store Community
BankRecreationParenting & Better BeginningsFinancial
Institution Elementary/ Youth Inclusion ProgramsRetirement
LivingHigh SchoolFamily & Youth Support Social Services 12.
Community Needs Map Lack of Job OpportunityOutcry for More
Recreational/EntertainmentResourcesLack of IndifferenceAge
Substance AbuseInvolvementbetween DivideBoredom Crime age
divideswithFirst Nations Indifference towards youthCommunitiesin
the communityLack of Resources for Youth 13. Community Growth and
RenewalFor information on Agassiz community projects, go
15. A special thanks to Agassiz-Harrison Community Servicesstaff
and other small businesses and residents of the community!I couldnt
have done this project without your insight,thank you for your
help! I have really enjoyed researching and exploring the community