Governance

The Trail Area Health & Environment Committee (THEC) is a transparent platform for multistakeholder dialogue, collective decision-making and community engagement specific to the Trail Area Health & Environment Program (THEP). 

The Committee has operated since 1990 and for the first 11 years, it was known as the Trail Community Lead Task Force. In 2001, the Trail Area Health & Environment Committee (THEC) was established with a similar structure and purpose to reduce children’s exposure to lead and other smelter metals in the community. The role of the THEC is the following:

  • Monitor and advise Trail City Council on the implementation of the THEP.
  • Support collaboration between program partners in an effort for the whole to be greater than the sum of the parts.
  • Help interpret and understand the complexities of the comprehensive program, including contextualizing information to the local area.
  • Establish and convene Working Groups from time to time to investigate and make recommendations on specific issues (for example Air Quality Working Group, Community Renewal Working Group).
  • Facilitate public communication and oversight with respect to delivery of services and progress toward the joint goals and objectives of the THEP.
  • Provide voice for the community of Trail in related processes, taking place concurrently at times, and relevant to attaining the stated goals and objectives.
  • Be a mechanism for program accountability to the community, the City, as well as between the partners.

The Committee is not a regulatory body and does not replace the regulatory functions required between some of its members.

THEC Terms of Reference can be downloaded here. 

The current list of THEC members can be downloaded here. 

Community Involvement

Community involvement is central to the THEC and its programs. Public consultations to ensure goals and activities meet local needs were held in 2000, 2010 and 2016. The committee is always looking for community members to join the discussions. Contact us to learn more about joining the THEC.  

Meetings are held five times a year and are open to the public and the media. Working groups are established on an as need basis and meet regularly. THEC meeting minutes are available online. Twice a year, the program also publishes a community newsletter that gets delivered to every household in Trail, Casino, Rivervale, Oasis, Waneta and Warfield.  

THEC was a founding member of the Family Action Network (FAN) , a collaboration of organizations and service providers dedicated to making the Lower Columbia region the best place to raise a family.

The program team can be found throughout the community sharing information, support and services.

Organization Diagram

Program timeline

 

The THEC has been working to reduce children’s exposure to lead and other smelter metals in the community for more than three decades. Public consultations on program development and goals took place in 2000, 2010 and 2016.

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