Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee – February Update

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Mayor Rick Goldring thanks Superintendent Al Albano for speaking with the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee at the February meeting.

Guest blog by Mark McGuire and Chris Ritsma, Co-Chairs of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee.

Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee met for their second meeting of the New Year on Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Tansley Woods Community Centre. The Committee welcomed Halton Regional Police Service Burlington (3 District) Superintendent Al Albano to discuss Community Mobilization and Engagement within Burlington.

Superintendent Al Albano presented the Millennial Advisory Committee with an interesting perspective to understand the need for engaging citizens within Burlington, discussing the scope of engagement activities and initiatives for residents offered by the Halton Regional Police.

Superintendent Al Albano touched on efforts that ranged from a youth focus to senior focus, diversity, and inclusion to public safety. Each initiative was a part of a broader strategy that not only gives back to the region by helping people follow the law, but also interact with one another in a positive way.

After addressing the Halton Regional Police Community Mobilization and Engagement strategy, Superintendent Al Albano spoke about the need to listen to citizens, and address their concerns in a constructive manner.

Some questions from the Millennial Advisory Committee were inquiries into traffic controls, such as speeding and texting while driving. Other concerns were about how the Halton Regional Police will strive to meet the demands of a growing population within Halton. Specifically, in Burlington, the Millennial Advisory Committee was curious what strategies the Halton Regional Police have employed to ensure public safety at Burlington’s large events like the Sound of Music and Ribfest that have helped to create the Burlington culture.

After Superintendent Al Albano’s presentation and discussion, the Millennial Advisory Committee discussed the plans for the millennial-focused Mayor’s Inspire Burlington series event in April 2017. A core group of the Millennial Advisory Committee was identified to lead the planning and decision-making process that will need to take place before the event. The details of this event will be announced soon.

A sub-committee of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee is seeking to address the topic of housing affordability in Burlington. The Housing Sub-Committee has been exploring a possible white paper or survey to gather information and make informed recommendations in the future. The Housing Sub-Committee will be presenting their proposal at the Thursday, March 2 meeting. This is part of the committee’s ongoing discussion on best practices for engagement that fosters millennial influence in the community through advisory, delegating, events, traditional media and social media. Please engage with us on Instagram and Twitter by searching #burlennials.

The next meeting will take place on Thursday, March 2. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. at Burlington City Hall, 426 Brant St. in Room 305. The guest speaker is Eleanor McMahon, Burlington’s Member of Provincial Parliament, who is also Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport. Guests are always welcome and asked to RSVP the Mayor’s Office at mayor@burlington.ca.

Read the January Update from co-chairs, Chris Ritsma and Mark McGuire. You can keep up to date on the news from the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee by visiting Burlington.ca/millennials.

The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee was created to develop initiatives and provide input on how to keep and attract residents aged 18 to 35 in Burlington. It will also concentrate on creating opportunities to engage millennials with their community. All meetings are open to the public, especially millennial-aged residents. Meeting attendees are encouraged to bike, bus or walk.

For more information about the committee, contact the Office of the Mayor at mayor@burlington.ca.

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