Connecting with Burlington’s millennials

Mayor Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee – June 2016.

The City of Burlington is continually looking for new ways to engage with residents.

In order to be relevant to younger residents, in particular, and inspire them to become more involved with their community, we need to be innovative.

The City of Burlington recently approved our new Strategic Plan. Unlike most municipalities that have four-year plan, this is a 25-year blueprint for great city-building.

Part of great city-building is being innovative in how we connect with our community. If we want to create a well-designed city that is green and healthy, with a variety of housing and transportation options, we need everyone to be part of the planning – especially our young people.

It is our young people who will inherit this city. We need them to be engaged now to create a community where they will want to live, work and raise their own families.

As a way to be more creative in connecting with younger residents, we created the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee this spring. Continue reading

Long term care planning focus of mayor’s free community events

Media release from the Office of the Mayor

Burlington, Ont., June 6, 2016 – In recognition of June as Seniors’ Month, Mayor Rick Goldring’s Inspire Burlington Series presents two free community events with keynote speaker Karen Henderson focused on helping residents and their families plan ahead.

Henderson is the founder and CEO of the Long Term Care Planning Network. Her presentation will focus on the importance of advance arrangements for long term care and related financial planning. Mayor Goldring and representatives from Carpenter Hospice will also give presentations. Interested residents of all ages and their families are welcome to attend.

Karen Henderson

Karen Henderson

“Members of the community are telling me they have questions about arranging long term care for themselves or a loved one,” said Mayor Goldring. “These Inspire Burlington events are intended to foster those conversations and encourage residents and their families to be proactive.”

What: Helping Seniors and Their Families Plan for Tomorrow

A Mayor Rick Goldring’s Inspire Burlington Speakers’ Series event

When/Where: Friday, June 17, Tansley Woods Community Centre (Community Rooms 1 and 2), 1996 Itabashi Way, 9:30-11:30 a.m.       

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Friday, June 17, Burlington Seniors’ Centre (Auditorium), 2285 New St., 1:30-3:30 p.m. Continue reading

Mayor Goldring and Mayor Berends of Apeldoorn sign Expression of Interest

Mayor Goldring and Mayor Berends

Media release from the Office of the Mayor

Burlington, Ont., May 31, 2016 – Mayor Rick Goldring and Apeldoorn Mayor John Berends signed an Expression of Interest today at Burlington City Hall to promote economic development opportunities between the two cities.

The Expression of Interest focuses on advancing potential partnerships in three specific areas, including:

  • Clean technology sector development;
  • Trade partnerships;
  • And an exchange and internship program for post-secondary students.

The Burlington Economic Development Corporation will lead discussions on behalf of the City of Burlington.

“Based on conversations during our visit to Apeldoorn last spring, as well as meetings this week, we have agreed on three specific areas of opportunity we are looking to pursue,” said Mayor Rick Goldring. “Apeldoorn is a natural economic partner due to our twinning agreement, as well as its prominent clean technology sector as it relates to Burlington’s Community Energy Plan.”

Today’s signing furthers the twinning agreement established between the cities of Apeldoorn, the Netherlands and Burlington, Canada on May 6, 2005. The twinning agreement states that the cities will explore economic development and new business opportunities.

“Apeldoorn is interested in furthering business with Burlington,” said Mayor John Berends. “Several of our companies are interested in Canadian partnerships, especially in a city like Burlington where we have already established a good working relationship.”

Media contact:                     

Mayor Rick Goldring, Office of the Mayor

Phone: 905-335-7607 Email: mayor@burlington.ca

Message from Mayor Rick Goldring on Fort McMurray Wildfires

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Fort McMurray, Alberta, as they leave their homes and city for safety during the wildfires and prepare to face rebuilding their lives and community.

One of Burlington’s strengths is our ability to come together to help others in need. We have witnessed this during the flood of August 2014 and, more recently, during the Syrian refugee initiative.

Elected officials in Alberta are asking anyone wishing to help to donate to the Alberta Fires Appeal made through the Canadian Red Cross at www.redcross.ca. Burlington’s City Manager has reached out to the CAO of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta, to ask how we can help during this difficult time.

On behalf of my colleagues on City Council, thank you to all the people in Burlington who are already doing your part to help the people of Fort McMurray.