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Media Release: Healthy Brantford Task Force Launches Ambitious Plan

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Comprised of senior leaders from across health and human services sectors as well as senior City staff and elected officials, the Healthy Brantford Task Force has identified three priority areas and ten actions items aimed at improving health and wellness for all residents.

WireService.ca Media Release (02/13/2018) Brantford, ON - Priority areas for 2018 include seniors' wellness, child and youth outcomes, and supporting the needs of urban indigenous peoples. Additional action items include increasing access to seniors' recreation, research into the needs of newcomers and immigrants, developing sustainability of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, supporting the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and working with the Office of Safe Brantford to develop an Elder Abuse Prevention Strategy.

"The City has a critical leadership role to play in encouraging and supporting the health and wellness of residents and advocating to other levels of government for required resources," said Mayor Chris Friel. "Not only do we continue to provide incredible recreational and cultural facilities for people to experience, our staff also works closely with partners to develop innovative projects and social programs that are making a real difference in people's lives."

The Task Force is the next step in the evolution of the Healthy Brantford initiative, bringing together community leaders, senior City staff and elected officials to work together towards creating meaningful social change.

"I am pleased that the City has taken a leadership role in bringing community partners together," said Sherry Kerr, Executive Director, Participation House, and Chair of the Healthy Brantford Task Force. "While the Task Force has an ambitious plan for 2018, we greatly look forward to the opportunity to build on the positive momentum for these important priorities."

Our City is diverse and projects that focus on creating an inclusive and welcoming community are very important," said Councillor David Neumann. "The Task Force is taking some important steps in identifying gaps in how the community is currently being served. I'm pleased the Task Force is focusing on how we can best support newcomers and urban Indigenous Peoples."

The Healthy Brantford initiative has been an important catalyst for innovative and successful projects including the successful Healthy Kids Community Challenge campaign, Parker's Project, the Youth Services Strategy, the Community Mental Health Strategy, and a new Parks and Recreation Master Plan. "Providing to meet the needs of older adults is a focus area for me, so I'm pleased to work with the Task Force on projects that will reduce elder abuse and increase opportunities for seniors to participate in the community", said Councillor Richard Carpenter.

Another key deliverable for the Task Force is a new Age-Friendly Plan for the City of Brantford that will be proposed to Council in March. Brantford City Council launched the Healthy Brantford initiative in 2015 as part of the City's, Shaping Our Future: Community Strategic Plan.

A presentation outlining next steps in the evolution of the plan will be delivered to the City of Brantford Committee of the Whole - Operations and Administration on February 13, 2018.

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Media Contact:

Stephanie Quattrociocchi
Communications Specialist
Communications and Community Engagement
Office of the CAO | City of Brantford
519-759-4150 Ext. 5533 | Squattrociocchi@brantford.ca

 


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