Pin­court un­veils So­cial De­ve­lop­ment Po­li­cy

Cul­tu­ral di­ver­si­ty, youth and health pro­jects on agen­da

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TPin­court re­si­dents in­ter­es­ted in joi­ning one of six com­mit­tees ai­med at streng­the­ning com­mu­ni­ty bonds among neigh­bours, have un­til Oct. 25 to si­gn on to par­ti­ci­pate.

he recent launch of the town’s So­cial De­ve­lop­ment Po­li­cy, SDP, was the spring­board or­ga­ni­zers nee­ded to set things in mo­tion.

Ac­cor­ding to Cé­lia Cor­ri­veau, head of the town’s So­cial and Cul­tu­ral De­ve­lop­ment Di­vi­sion, the new po­li­cy will al­low ci­vic min­ded re­si­dents to get in­vol­ved in a va­rie­ty of ways, so­me­thing she says is the cor­ners­tone of the ef­fort. “In the long term, I hope (the SDP) will al­low the crea­tion of a large net­work of sup­port through vo­lun­tee­ring,” Cor­ri­veau said, ad­ding, “I want the ci­ti­zens to know and help each other to ul­ti­ma­te­ly form a close-knit com­mu­ni­ty.”

Three per­ma­nent com­mit­tees

With a to­tal of six com­mit­tees of­fe­ring vo­lun­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties, Cor­ri­veau said the first or­der of bu­si­ness will be filling three per­ma­nent com­mit­tees in­clu­ding: The Youth Fo­rum Com­mit­tee; The In­ter­cul­tu­ral Com­mit­tee; The Co­mi­té Ville en san­té de Pin­court (health and de­ve­lop­ment com­mit­tee).

The Youth Fo­rum group which will fo­cus on or­ga­ni­zing youth cen­te­red events and pro­jects, is loo­king for vo­lun­teers bet­ween 14 to 25 years of age. In ad­di­tion to being able to make a dif­fe­rence in their com­mu­ni­ty, par­ti­ci­pants will gain va­luable event- plan­ning ex­pe­rience, as well as ex­pe­rience in mu­ni­ci­pal politics.

The aim of the In­ter­cul­tu­ral Com­mit­tee, meanw­hile, is to or­ga­nize events that pro­mote po­si­tive re­la­tion­ships and con­nec­tions bet­ween ci­ti­zens from dif­ferent cul­tu­ral back­grounds. People from di­verse groups, and those with a strong in­ter­est in in­ter­cul­tu­ral re­la­tions are en­cou­ra­ged to join.

And though it has been ac­tive for the past se­ve­ral years, the Co­mi­té Ville en san­té de Pin­court, is al­so loo­king for new vo­lun­teers. The aim of the health and com­mu­ni­ty de­ve­lop­ment group is va­ried and has in­clu­ded, in the past, the crea­tion of me­mo­rial flo­wer gar­dens in front of the Om­ni-Centre and the skate park. The time in­vol­ve­ment re­qui­red for the three per­ma­nent com­mit­tees is one mee­ting per month.

Other op­por­tu­ni­ties

And ci­ti­zens can al­so get in­vol­ved in the fol­lo­wing ef­forts: The Health and Chal­lenge 5/30 Well­ness group meets two or three times a sea­son, usual­ly by March, while the Li­bra­ry-to-go and Books-to-go are pro­jects that en­cou­rage li­te­ra­ry events for chil­dren, the el­der­ly and those with limited mo­bi­li­ty.

The re­gis­tra­tion dead­line to join most Pin­court vo­lun­teer groups is Oct. 25. The dead­line for the Li­bra­ry-to-go and Books-to-go is Nov. 1. Po­ten­tial vo­lun­teers must fill out a form which is avai­lable on­line un­der the So­cial De­ve­lop­ment Po­li­cy tab on the town’s web­site: www.vil­le­pin­

For more in­for­ma­tion contact Cé­lia Cor­ri­veau at 514 453-2040, ex­ten­sion 73, or by email at c.cor­ri­veau@vil­le­pin­

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