We are a relationship-based company focused on building healthy, sustainable communities by balancing social, economic, cultural and environmental values.
Meraki Community Planning is pleased to announce we have won the 2021 'Inclusionary Planning' National Award of Excellence from the Canadian Institute of Planners. This award highlights our inclusionary, client-centred, relationship-based approach to Indigenous Planning with one of our long-standing clients, the Kitselas First Nation. We are honoured to share this achievement with the Kitselas people and dedicate this award to all of the survivors, and loved ones of survivors, of the residential school system across Canada, in an effort to work toward dismantling the power structure and oppression created by the eurocentric, patriarchal system and worldview.
Rich in meaning and subtleties, meraki is a greek concept that means to do things with passion, creativity and utmost care. It is to place your full and undivided attention to the task at hand, and to do it with diligence and powerful desire.
"Maren is committed to relationship building right from the start. We had many in depth discussions of our needs and she built our work plan around that. She didn’t come in with a preconceived plan, she wanted to build on what we already had from the beginning. The project brought out trust, hope and involvement of all community members which showed in their overwhelming response/input and attendance. Maren ensured that this was a community led process and provided us with the tools we needed. Maren was always on time and within budget, and completed deliverables to our satisfaction, if not better.
"It's my pleasure to recommend Maren to anyone looking for a dynamic planner with a range of personal and technical skills and a passionate commitment to making positive change happen in the world. From my recent work with her on several challenging projects I can attest that Maren is consistently innovative in her focus on creating real value for all participants and players. She also has so much drive and optimism that she can find opportunities where other people see none; in her hands these ideas turn into projects, and projects evolve into successful outcomes. Maren also has a very creative mind, and she brings a unique/fresh perspective to the table when approaching any issue. Finally, Maren is a true team player who understands her client's needs and can easily partner with others to deliver high-quality work on time, every time."
"I had the pleasure of working with Maren during her time as Community Planning Supervisor with the City of Kamloops. As a consultant working on projects led by Maren, I was impressed with her ability to effectively manage projects and get the best from each team member. She is a consummate professional – assertive yet kind, talented yet humble, hard-working yet fun. She is a principled leader and skilled professional planner who sets high standards for herself, follows through with her commitments, and readily recognizes and champions the contributions of others."
"Maren is a highly principled individual with a strong work ethic and outstanding problem-solving abilities. I've worked with dozens of high-calibre professionals during my career and she is a standout. Successful municipal planners require both creative and technical ability. First to visualize what might be and then devise the concrete steps to achieve it. Maren is exceptional in both these areas. On an interpersonal basis, her engaging style strives for group rather than individual achievement. This focus on people makes her a successful and respected leader. In any situation she can be counted on to give her best."
“Maren Luciani has many gifts that make her the ideal consultant for several of our community’s planning projects. She has a sound vision of sustainability, is deeply committed to genuine community engagement, is someone who takes action, and she understands municipal government. Maren’s leadership in conducting the planning process has been key to our project’s success. As well, the content and quality of Maren’s reporting is exceptional. Maren is a joy to work with and, in my opinion, any project involving her is substantially improved.”
"I have worked with Maren in my capacity as a City Councillor in Kamloops. Maren is best described as a futurist with an active social conscience. She excels in making small cities livable and sustainable."
"I highly recommend Maren. She is extremely smart and professional and can handle large and complex problems. I worked with her as part of the Cache Creek Age-Friendly planning and I found her to be articulate, disciplined and easy to work with."
"Maren is a community planning professional. I have worked with her on a few projects at the City of Kamloops and I can say without hesitation she is very thorough and detail oriented. Maren is also an excellent communicator and keeps projects moving forward in a professional manner. She has proven to me she can manage complex projects and is self-directed."
"Maren is a serious mover and shaker! She is not afraid to champion any project and does so with determination and finesse. I have absolutely no hesitations in recommending Maren as I know she will be successful in any endeavor she decides to tackle."
"I have the pleasure to work with Maren over the past few years and have found that she is a positive and professional person that takes the lead in developing initiatives in the community. I would not hesitate to recommend her in any vocation as she is approachable, a strategic thinker and would be a valuable asset to any business looking to maximize profits or take their business to the next level."
"If I had to sum up Maren's work ethic in one word it would have to be DEDICATION. Others come to mind as well; knowledgeable, sense of community; pride; out-going and ready to take on the risk of meeting any goal she puts her mind to or is challenged with. She is an asset to any community she chooses to call home."
"I've had the pleasure of working with Maren on several challenging projects and she brings a great deal of knowledge and enthusiasm to the table each and every time. She understands the role and value of technology in planning and has many great ideas on how to put them forth in her work. Always the professional, she deals with colleagues with tact and diplomacy to make sure no details are missed, and they never are. Wonderful to work with!"
"Maren was a very competent professional in the field of Planning. She was diligent in her work, pleasant to work with and provided a high level of service. I would highly recommend her."
"Maren's integrity, intelligence and ability to grasp problems quickly and solve them efficiently are core strengths. She is an independent worker with an admirable work ethic. Her people skills are equally strong. Maren often had to finesse opposing viewpoints and direction given by contractors, lawyers, managers, and handled each situation with diplomacy and got results. I give Maren my highest recommendation."
"Maren is a consumate professional and a pleasure to work with. As a Planner, her work is detailed and complete without it being boring or complicated. She is able to communicate ideas effectively. Possessing a sensitive and respectful demeanor, Maren works well with others to quickly earn their trust and cooperation. The enthusiasm she has for her work is mildly contagious and underscores her passion and commitment."
"Maren is an exceptionally capable planner and project manager. A self-starter. Thorough, detail-oriented, smart, great people skills and a pleasure to work with."