We will host the inaugural Vibrant Community Roundtable on February 7, 2018 at the Ontario Power Generation Visitor Centre.
Community leaders from business and non-profit sectors, as well as civic representatives from Akwesasne, Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry have been invited to participate in the session designed to address complex societal issues like poverty and community livability, build a constituency working towards change and encourage collaborative ways of working.
Liz Weaver, Co-CEO of the Tamarack Institute, a Waterloo-based organization that facilitates positive community change, will lead the session and deliver a keynote on building community vibrancy. Weaver will introduce the core elements of the collective impact framework as a mechanism for advancing community vibrancy and will highlight other communities that have enjoyed success with these types of collective efforts.
The afternoon session will also include a presentation by Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health, Eastern Ontario Health Unit, focusing on local statistics and relevant data which is inhibiting the building of community vibrancy.
Following the presentations, community leaders will enter into the roundtable phase, discussing considerations for building a vibrant communities Cornwall, Akwesasne and SDG, identifying their priority issues and outlining next steps. The intention is to hold quarterly meetings moving forward to continue the dialogue.