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The original board of directors who found the Kamloops Makerspace

  • RE: Techfest 2018

    @Grant-Fraser I read an article that we are doing a light installation for that one

    posted in General Discussion
  • RE: Techfest 2018

    I was under the understanding that Makerspace was not interested in doing Hot Nite this year. I have been contacted about Techfest and have informed them to contact the account. I am unclear if there has been follow up. The Makerbus will most likely be there

    posted in General Discussion
  • Spring cleaning

    Hey everybody.

    The woodshop needs its annual cleanup, i call it the purge.

    Sometime in the next couple of weeks i want to get in there and really clean it out. Empty the scrap bin, purge scrap materials and half finished projects that have been collecting dust.

    I’d really love help doing a dump run. Mainly the pick up truck part. I could probably awkwardly fit all of the woodshop trash in my suv , but i just gave it the annual cleanout! I don’t want to fill it with sawdust already. Plus, there is probably a lot of other stuff around the space that should go too, as usual.


    If you have projects or materials in the woodshop, please go in and either remove them or name and date your belongings with green tape so they aren’t trashed or reallocated.

    If you are a shop coordinator or otherwise know of something for the dump around the space, post back here so it goes with the rest.

    And if you’d be willing to offer up a pickup truck for this mission, please post a reply or get in touch with me.

    posted in General Discussion
  • Missing saw from the woodshop

    Last week wrapped up the spring hcos shop class. Some students brought their own tools in to use. I kept these in my bin under the far end of the mitre bench.

    A large panelsaw, a 26 or 28" hand saw went missing. I’m guessing it was left out just beside my bin at some point.

    If anybody saw or sees the saw, or has any info, please let me know and/or put it ontop of my bin.


    posted in General Discussion
  • Green Expo

    The Green Living Expo is on Saturday at the Sandman Center from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
    I hope it was mentioned at the last members meeting, that we are in need of volunteers for manning the booth as well as the Makerbus for this event. Would anyone interested in helping out please let me know here. We have had great fun at this event in the past. Any interest @pierre ?

    posted in General Discussion
  • Members meeting 13 March 2018

    I would like to confirm the members meeting and suggest an agenda

    Members Meeting 13 March 2018 starting at 6:30 PM
    Proposed agenda

    Discuss this year’s Green Expo and Repair Cafe -Nicholas
    Go over proposed bylaws
    Discuss solutions for forum and MailChimp

    posted in General Discussion
  • Repair Cafe

    I posted this a couple days ago but it doesn’t seem to have made it. We really need to fix the forum.

    As some of you may know, a group is looking to organize Repair Cafe events in Kamloops. Repair Cafes are being run around the world with great success. The idea is that someone brings in an item and works with a mentor to diagnose and (hopefully) repair their item. The mentor will be advising, not fixing the items themselves.

    These events would closely align with part B and C of our constitution:
    b. To organize and host workshops and events focused on teaching specific or broad skills related to tinkering, using tools, and making things to members and the community
    c. To provide related services and tools for fostering creativity and progress in the arts, science, and technology as determined by the members

    I hope to eventually offer organizational supports for them under Scoperta Resources, however, think that I will not be going quick enough to do so for their first event. I would like to have Makerspace support Repair Cafe for their first event at Green Expo this year on April 28th. Other organizations supporting us in our infancy was the only way we have been able to succeed. I feel it is extremely important that we pay this kindness forward. Makerspace (hopefully), Makerbus, and other groups will be there and will have a great impact on our community.

    I will look into the insurance implications and will report back. I will also be bringing this proposal to the next members meeting and will approach the Repair Cafe organizers about a membership or donation to the space.

    Feel free to ask any questions or concerns you may have. I am taking responsibility on this for the makerspace front if we go forward to ensure it is taken care of. I also hope some Makerspace members will join us as mentors.

    posted in General Discussion
  • RE: Where are the KMS logo files?

    Here is what I have. Hopefully something useful in there.

    posted in General Discussion
  • What are our values?

    What are our values?

    During our discussion of governance, I stressed the importance of values. Our values are our guiding principals. If our constitution, bylaws, and policies do not meet our values they will not be effective in furthering our goals as a group. Due to the importance of this, we must ensure our values represent our group broadly.

    The culture of a workplace - an organization’s values, norms, and practices - has a huge impact on our happiness and success.
    -Adam Grant

    I will list the values that we came up with as a group and endeavor to define them. I would appreciate everyone’s input in these as they are a tool to gauge future decision making in the space. I would like to add the values worked on in the Plan Genie process @vaughn

    Our values


    The power or right to act, speak or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.

    As it pertains to the space I believe this refers to the organic and fun-loving nature of the makerspace. The growth and development of the space without burden. I believe this is of utmost importance to recognize as we develop policy.


    To use, occupy, or enjoy jointly with another or others.

    This includes the sharing of space, resources, and ideas


    The condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury.

    This is paramount, both in the physical sense as the nature of what we do necessitates we value the prevention of injury; safety also refers to the mental and emotional well-being of our membership.


    Interested in helping the wider community; socially concerned.

    Comunity Outreach was listed. I would propose community -mindedness as outreach is an action not so much a value. I would postulate that the value of helping the Kamloops area and the citizens within, is core to why we do outreach. If we were not community-minded we would not seek to share our organization with our community.


    Attempt to repair or improve something in a casual way.

    Wow, most dictionary definitions are surprisingly harsh to this word. I believe that our definition of a tinkering refers to a more methodical but free exploration of creating. I think Making as ambiguous as the term is more accurate to our use.


    The action or process of producing or making something. Something that causes someone to become better or more successful.

    Being that it is in our name It probably should be a value of ours. I think this is how many of us use the word tinkering.


    To develop the faculties and powers of a person by teaching.

    We not only educate others through mentoring of workshops but ourselves through our exploration of the world around us.


    The quality of including many different types of people and treating them all fairly and equally. / The quality of being fair and impartial.

    Paramount to ensuring our value of safety we should ensure all members have equal footing with their peers. this is regardless of position or any inclination.

    Social Interaction

    The way people talk and act with each other and various structures in society.

    Kamloops Makerspace is a social hub. Many great friendships and connections have come out the social interaction in the space.


    Fairness and straightforwardness of conduct/The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness

    Paramount to ensuring the well-being of our membership and the ability to run an effective organization, is trust and goodwill.


    Visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices.

    information within the makerspace, its dealings, policies, and procedures should be accessible to the membership. Openness among members should also be encouraged to avoid conflict.


    The process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.

    One of our goals as a group is to facilitate the growth of our members through access and education.


    Capacity and willingness to develop, organize and manage a venture along with any of its risks in order to make change

    I added this one as I am a firm believer in the common values of entrepreneurship. The entrepreneurial spirit has always been strong in the creation of the space and the conduct of its members.

    I would appreciate as much input in this as possible as I would like to create a values document by the AGM and have it voted on, to be used by the future leadership of the space to influence decisions. This will be a living document to be reviewed yearly and updated as needed.

    Thank you all for your input

    posted in Governance
  • RE: Governance

    @kile on a related note markdown on the forum is great. Nice and accessible everybody should learn a new skill to make a decent looking post on a forum.

    posted in Governance