Do you have ideas or suggestions about what Culture, Recreation, Parks & Forestry, Library and Fire & Emergency Services can be in the future?
Help us continue building a city where people want to be. We’re creating long-range plans for the next five to 10 years for Culture, Recreation, Parks & Forestry, Library and Fire & Emergency Services.
Before Friday, July 7, we’re encouraging residents to share their thoughts and ideas for these plans by filling out an online survey. We want to know how we can make these services better for you. For those who complete the entire survey, there is a one in five chance to win a $100 City of Mississauga Recreation gift card.
Information gathered from community engagement initiatives like the survey will help us make future decisions that reflect community needs, address Council priorities and enhance City services and programs.
Have an idea about a library program, a City-owned recreation facility or something you’d like to see at a local park? Tell us about it. The City is creating long-range plans for the next five to 10 years for the City’s Culture, Recreation, Parks & Forestry, Library and Fire & Emergency Services.
“As Mississauga continues to grow, so does the number of residents using City-run programs, services and facilities,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “It’s important to understand what the community sees as priorities so we can ensure we continue to meet their needs now and in the future.”
To create these plans, input from the community will be combined with feedback from other stakeholders, targeted user groups, data and trends. Plans will address concerns about existing programs and services, align with Council priorities and investigate innovative and unique opportunities to enhance City services and programs. The Culture Division recently completed a series of public meetings focused on the future of arts and culture in the city.
Mitcham added, “Getting feedback from the community is essential when it comes to preparing service area plans. Residents and stakeholders provide a lot of great insights into understanding community priorities and needs, gaps in services or programs where funds need to be spent and ideas to consider in the future.”
Over the next 14 months, City staff will work with consultants to:
• gather insights, ideas and thoughts about the future direction for Culture, Recreation, Parks & Forestry, Library and Fire & Emergency Services;
• host a number of community engagement initiatives including resident surveys, face-to-face sessions and online feedback;
• cluster information with other sources of data to drive the creation of the plans;
• reach out to the public and staff for feedback on draft plans; and
• present each plan to City Council for review and approval.
Residents interested in sharing their thoughts can do so via an online survey, email, telephone, participating in a public meeting or attending a community event. For more information about how to provide feedback, visit mississauga.ca/yourfuture.
Mississauga, ON – May 1, 2017 – Eden Food for Change is holding its annual Hunger Awareness Breakfast in Meadowvale this year to provide local business and community leaders the opportunity to hear directly from Food Bank Members.
Pat Saito, Mississauga Ward 9 Councillor, hosts this year’s event at the new Meadowvale Community Centre. The event will feature Food Bank Members who will share about their journey with Eden Food for Change and the impact the organization had on their lives.
The event kicks off the organization’s annual Hunger Awareness Campaign that invites local business and organizations to raise money and fresh food to support people living in poverty here in western Mississauga. Mayor Bonnie Crombie will be sharing how she will be supporting the campaign with a special announcement.
Who: Pat Saito, Mississauga Councillor Ward 5, Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Local Food Bank Members, Michael J. Kalistchuk, Founder & CEO of EMKAL Inc., Students from St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School and Thomas Street Middle School Where: Meadowvale Community Centre, Auditorium
6655 Glen Erin Dr. Mississauga, ON L5N 3L4 When: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 7:00 am
This year’s breakfast is sponsored by the Meadowvale Tim Hortons and the Learning Kitchen of Eden will be preparing food provided by the Real Canadian Superstore at Winston Churchill and Argentia.
Eden Food for Change has been serving Mississauga for more than 25 years. The organization provides people with emergency food support through its two Food Bank locations, as well as the ability to put healthy food on their own tables with its Learning Kitchen.