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Director's cut — February 2006

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February 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

Welcome to another year for our Collective. This year — even this month — has produced so many new and innovative ideas for the PCC. Our formal recognition of our Association status was confirmed in February. We are now a designated (not for profit!) community organisation. That means we can now accomplish much more proactive, positive and challenging work in all our communities.

We are also foreshadowing a possible conference for the PCC, as part of the West End Festival. While details are still being discussed, all the PCC will be an important part of this challenging event. It will be public recognition for much of the work that we do.

I do want note this February that this years is signalling changing lives and jobs for many of our members. One of my goals this year is to make sure that not only the community service aspects of our organisation are continued, but that each of our members is supported in a way that is important to them at a particular time. It is also crucial for the PCC to move and change to suit the needs of our members. This year in particular, we will be focused on helping as many of our members find their dream job through weekly employment updates, networking and mentoring.

This support for each other — through difficult times — is very important to every part of the PCC.

When we were thinking of building this organisation, we called it the Collective for a reason. Sometimes when one of us is introduced, the MC occasionally makes a mistake and calls us the Popular Culture "Committee." We are not a committee. We are a collective, a group of people who work together, and apart, to change ourselves, change our culture, and change the world — just one person at a time. Committees make agendas. We make alternatives.

May we have a challenging and provocative 2006.