The NSRA was established in 1948 to promote public interest and participation in the affairs of the District. As online methods of engagement became more ubiquitous, the NSRA recognized the importance of communicating more effectively with members and reaching a broader spectrum of the North Saanich community.
PlaceSpeak is a BC-based civic network, developed with the support of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC-IRAP). It has been widely utilized by municipalities and regional governments across Vancouver Island, including Saanich, Central Saanich, the Cowichan Region, and more.
The NSRA PlaceSpeak page is open to all residents within North Saanich.Residents will be kept informed and updated on local issues, including the popular NSRA Council Summaries. The page also provides an online avenue for residents to engage meaningfully and respectfully on issues impacting North Saanich.
As PlaceSpeak uniquely connects the feedback that participants contribute online to their location, the NSRA can be confident that they are hearing from residents within North Saanich. This provides the NSRA with defensible and reliable feedback, which can help inform and support positions that they may take with the District and other levels of government.
At the same time, the privacy of North Saanich residents is always protected. PlaceSpeak was designed with Privacy by Design principles in mind, ensuring that the personal information of participants remains private and secure. Unlike on social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter, users’ personal information is never sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any third party for any reason.
Mary is the Communications Manager at PlaceSpeak. She was attracted to PlaceSpeak’s innovative approach in using verifiable, location-based technology for citizen engagement and hyperlocal governance. In her spare time, Mary enjoys dog videos set to ’90s hip-hop.