Smiths Falls backs in-depth study of community assests

Posted on: September 11, 2017

Chris Must

Smiths Falls has agreed to lend its support to an application for provincial Trillium funding for an in-depth study of the community’s assets.

Peter McKenna of Rideau Community Health Services spoke to town councillors on Sept. 11 to outline plans for the “local deepening community initiative” which would be carried out by the Tamarack Institute. According to the institute’s website, the deepening community initiative “explores programs, policies and practices that strengthen communities and neighbourhoods and mobilize citizen leadership to enhance social capital.”

McKenna said the initiative would involve “a very deep dive” into Smiths Falls, talking to citizens and various stakeholders about the community’s assets, direction, and vision. There would be no cost to the town, he added, “other than our time and energy, and maybe promotion.”
The process, which would take place after April 1, 2019, will result in an in-depth report that could be useful to local organizations.

The Rideau Community Health Services support the plan, said McKenna, because “We feel that an engaged community is a healthy community.”

McKenna asked that council pass a resolution or write a letter of support, which members agreed to approve at their next council meeting on Sept. 18.

“I support the initiative completely,” said Mayor Shawn Pankow.