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Posted November 29, 2012

City Life

Kitchener’s "strategy making" now includes a focus on healthy community living

KITCHENER – The 2013 work plan for the city of Kitchener’s safe and healthy community advisory committee will now include matters related to living in a healthy community, in addition to its focus on community safety and crime prevention, it was decided at the November 26 community and infrastructure services committee meeting.

“Changing the scope of the committee to emphasize all matters related to healthy community living re-aligns it to the city’s strategic direction,” said Coun. Berry Vrbanovic, “while recognizing that issues of community safety and crime prevention remain an important component of that and a priority for many of our residents.”

Committee chair Kelly Galloway-Sealock noted that it would be helpful for the committee to come forward with their own terms of reference and there is an opportunity for this when the work of the committee is re-evaluated in 2014.

Council has advisory committees for environment and economic development, as well as specialized advisory committees relating to heritage and arts and culture. Committee members for the safe and healthy advisory committee are representative of a wide-range of community sectors including inner-city, suburban, law enforcement, education, business, social services, social planning, sports/recreation, land use planning and two or three members from the community-at-large. The community and infrastructure committee also instructed city staff to begin advertising for the 2013 committee.

The safe and healthy community advisory committee was formed in 2002 with the amalgamation of the safe city committee, community services (formerly parks and recreation) advisory committee, ethno-cultural advisory committee and youth issues subcommittee.

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