What’s Special about South River

Residents of the South River region – aka, P0A 1X0 (our postal code) will soon be invited to share their stories about what makes our area special to visitors and residents alike.

Look for this postcard to land in your inbox soon as we look to you for advice and insight into what makes our area special.

We’re also working with organizations to host story-sharing events.  The first of these is scheduled for Sunday, January 5 at 6 pm at the South River Friendly Circle Seniors Centre.

Join us as we learn and celebrate together.

The best is yet to come!

PARC Association (Not-for-profit for the promotion of arts recreation and culture in South River Area) is managing the Explore South River project on behalf of allies including Explore South River members, Friendly Circle Senior Centre, Forgotten Trails, artists and others. We invite all community groups, residents, businesses to co-create a thriving vision of our community showcasing highlights of our history, culture, arts, recreation, learning and entertainment.

What is The Explore South River Project:
• Design and placement of 12 interpretive story panels through our community which link to online media (audio/video) that comes to life on handheld devices.
• A print and digital map of all South River area art, recreation, culture, learning and entertainment assets and experiences including trails, and where to eat, sleep and play.
• An inclusive events calendar of all public arts, recreation, culture, entertainment events happening in the South River area.
How:
• Identifying our stories: Collecting our historical and cultural stories at community story-sharing events by interviewing local memory-holders, conducting research of community archives to unearth our most inspiring stories. Conducting a community post-card survey.
• Presenting our stories: Creating multimedia versions of our stories in photo, text, audio, video by designing and producing interpretive panels, producing audio and video by interviewing locals with historical knowledge.
• Celebrating our assets: Researching existing inventories of community assets. Designing a print and digital map of our region. Creating a calendar of events and training organizations to post information about community happenings.
• Promoting our experiences: Providing training to create new and enhanced experiences to sell to visitors and putting the experiences on the map! Making access to all new content available in the palm of our hands.

Winter / Spring 2020 Job Postings
PARC Association extends an invitation to individuals and organizations to help make this vision a reality. We invite expressions of interest to complete the tasks required to complete the early stages of the project. Applicants may apply to fulfil more than one of the identified roles.
Applications will be accepted until January 10th by email to events@exploresouthriver.ca
Successful applicants will be contacted by January 20th. Applicants are asked to provide a cover letter, and a resume featuring relevant work experience
and a vision for how the role will be carried out. For roles involving multimedia creation, please link to samples of relevant work experience. For roles in which an organization is the applicant, identify the individual(s) who will complete the tasks.

Criteria to be used in selecting successful applicants include:
• demonstrated expertise in the field of work;
• a clear vision for how the role will be carried out with ability to meet timelines required;
• ability to agree upon a clear statement of work and financial compensation;
• knowledge of the Almaguin Highlands and the South River area;
• residence and place of business within 75 km of South River.

PARC is Hiring; Winter / Spring Job Descriptions:
Story teller: Author 12 stories by reviewing historical photos and documents and conducting community outreach and interviews, hosting community meetings. Developing a “voice or tone” for representing the people, places and experiences available in South River. Access story-telling assets including photos and memorabilia for digitization. Link stories to geographic locations in
Machar, South River and east to Algonquin Park. (January – March 30, 2020)

Community Asset Inventory: Conduct an inventory of community assets and create talent database. Review and combine existing strategic planning resources and conduct research adding
new talent database including the talent that exists in people (arts, recreation, culture, entertainment). Review data gathered from community outreach identifying what makes South River special. Work with ACED, Machar and South River to identify existing community values research for the South River area. Work with technology/web experts to develop a system for digitizing and storing these assets. (February – April 2020)

Print map designer: Work with existing digital map design assets such as Forgotten Trails base map to design a new 2020-2021 version of an Explore South River map to include member listings as well as art, recreation, culture, learning and entertainment assets identified in the Community, Asset Inventory and include Forgotten Trails, new interpretive sign locations, where to eat, sleep and access other important community resources. (April 2020)

Interpretive Sign designer: Building on collected data and grassroots community input, develop brand identity that connects the project assets. Layout and design media for 12 interpretive signs, including digitization of existing photos, memorabilia, and authored stories. Coordinate sign
printing.