City of Burlington looking for volunteers for boards and committees

On Wednesday evening, the City of Burlington will be hosting a Volunteer Open House to recruit volunteers for the city’s committees and boards. Current volunteers are also invited to attend as a networking and learning opportunity. The City’s committees and boards are important to Council and the entire city; the decisions and input the committees make affect our decisions at Council.

Getting involved with our committees and boards is a great way to be engaged in City decisions and to shape your own community, now and for generations to come. Your ideas, passion, and engagement are vital to helping us continue to build a city  that works to provide the best in vibrant neighborhoods, prosperity and excellence in governance.

According to the most recent Stats Canada report, in 2010, more than 13.3 million people in Canada—about 47 per cent of Canadians aged 15 and older—did volunteer work in 2010. They devoted more than two billion hours to their volunteer activities. What amazing commitment.

Volunteering is contagious. When you care enough to do something about the situation before you, you inspire others with your example. Nowhere has this been more evident in our community this year than in the level of commitment and energy shown by our residents who helped each other after the flood and subsequent clean up in August.

There are many committees and boards to become involved with where you can contribute your time and talents and I encourage you to come out on Wednesday evening and find an area that you are passionate about and speak with one of our current volunteers or staff members to learn more.

The event details are as follows:

Wednesday, November 19, 2104
Burlington Public Library – Central Branch
2331 New St., Burlington
6:30 to 8 p.m.

The program will also include a panel discussion on the value of volunteering followed by networking and a display showcase.

The city’s volunteer groups and advisory committees participating in the Open House include:

  • Burlington Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Burlington’s Best Awards Committee (formerly the Burlington Civic Recognition Committee)
  • Committee of Adjustment
  • Burlington Cycling Advisory Committee
  • Burlington Inclusivity Advisory Committee
  • Burlington Mundialization Committee
  • Burlington Public Library Board
  • Burlington Sustainable Development Advisory Committee
  • Heritage Burlington Advisory Committee
  • Burlington Seniors’ Advisory Committee
  • Festivals and Events – Canada Day and Christmas Parade Committee
  • Museums of Burlington Board and Doors Open Volunteer Organizing Committee
  • ChAT – Community Engagement Charter Action Team
  • Burlington Downtown Parking Advisory Committee

I would like to thank all the volunteer members of our committees and boards – past, present and future. You invest every day in making Burlington a better place to live, work and play.

 

Province of Ontario approves ODRAP Application for City of Burlington

I am so pleased to share that earlier this week the Province approved the application by the City of Burlington for the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program, with a commitment of up to $3 million dollars, matching 2 to 1 the monies raised locally.

On hand for the announcement Monday at City Hall, were Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon and Halton MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris, along with Chair Gary Carr, Colleen Mulholland from the Burlington Community Foundation and Ron Foxcroft, Chair of the Burlington Community Foundation Disaster Relief Committee.

flood-relief-bannerOn behalf of Council, I offer my thanks to everyone who committed their time and energy into supporting Burlington’s residents, working tirelessly to advocate for our community and fundraise for those whose lives have been dramatically impacted by the floods.

There were many media outlets present at the announcement. Please click on the links below for additional coverage of this story.

The local fundraising campaign ends on November 14th through the Burlington Community Foundation. The applications for losses and damages will continue to be accepted by the Burlington Community Foundation until December 15th. Anyone who wishes to file for funding relief is encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

Finally, I would like to thank the community for their resilience, patience and their support of one another; from neighbourhood fundraisers, to businesses who held special events, to our service organizations and corporations for their donations, and to the individuals who have contributed in many ways. Burlington is a city with a big heart.

Announcement Media Coverage

Burlington Municipal Election – Please Get out and Vote!

Elections 2014 MastheadOn Monday, Ontario residents will go to the polls to elect their local municipal government representation. In Burlington, the polls open at 10 am and will be open until 8 pm Monday night. A list of polls is available online.

I encourage everyone to vote. It is both a democratic right and responsibility.

Municipal and Regional government is the level of government that most intimately connects and interacts with residents of a community. It is responsible for so many of the services and amenities that are essential to our daily lives: transit, waste management, community planning and building, emergency services and community policing.

Local government is about shaping the community and improving the community not only for today’s residents, but for future residents and generations to come.

The list of registered candidates is available through the City of Burlington’s Election webpages; many of the candidates have listed individual links to their own websites. If you have not had a chance to meet the candidates in person, this is a great way to find out more information.

The Burlington Post has also been covering the municipal election through their print and online platforms and much is available online.

For more information about the election, please visit the City’s election website.

New Street Bike Lanes Study

I would like to take this opportunity to discuss with you the rationale for the initiation of the New Street Bike Lanes’ Study that was recently supported by Council.

Why should we consider designated bike lanes on New Street?

Since the City of Burlington declared itself as a Sustainable Development Community in 1990, we have invested in creating vibrant neighborhoods. To be truly vibrant, neighbourhoods should be designed to encourage active lifestyles, including walking and cycling. These areas are often favoured places to live because of lower pollution levels, less traffic congestion, more parks and public spaces, improved opportunities for social interaction, and an abundance of healthy lifestyle choices. Continue reading