Guelph Wellbeing Initiative - public meeting in Ward 6

Submitted by Derek Alton on September 10, 2012 - 9:37am
A summary

This past Wednesday I attended a Ward 6 discussion hosted by the city
on the Wellbeing of the Guelph Community.

The discussions were rich and passionate.  It became very clear that
the people who attended cared deeply about this community.

There was a real pride in the tangible space that is Guelph.  In the
many paths and the green space around them.  In fact people felt that
Guelph needed to do a better job of highlighting these spaces.

It was really interesting to see that the people in the room had a
clear vision.  They wanted to feel connected to their neighbours, to
feel safe and comfortable in their streets, to trust each other and to
share with each other.  At the same time they recognized that this did
not yet exist. With work, the commute and family there was no time or
energy to make these communities happen.

It was recognized that with a large number of student and young
family’s, the south end was bursting with potential energy and that
this energy that has sometimes proven to be destructive could be
harnessed to help build the connection and community that people
desired.

The biggest thing I took away was all the actions that each of us can
easily do such as:
-bring a cookie to our neighbor,
-host a movie or potluck night for our street,
-create an area wide garage sale.

The key to building the community we want is for us to take the small
steps in our busy lives and reach out to those around us, even if it
is just with a smile and a handshake.

Also participate in Guelph’s Community Wellbeing Initiative and give
your input to help build Guelph’s future at guelphwellbeing.ca.