Saint La­zare com­mit­tee be­gins po­li­cy draft pro­cess

Aim is to di­rect ser­vices in right places

L'Etoile - - IN OTHER WORDS -

A group of Saint La­zare vo­lun­teers met re­cent­ly to be­gin a pro­cess that will conclude with the draf­ting of a mu­ni­ci­pal fa­mi­ly po­li­cy that al­so pro­mises to be “se­nior-friend­ly.”

The new­ly for­med stee­ring com­mit­tee made up lar­ge­ly of vo­lun­teer re­si­dents met on March 22 to be­gin an 18-month long pro­cess to draft the new po­li­cy that will be sup­por­ted by elec­ted of­fi­cials, em­ployees and re­gio­nal part­ners.

The po­li­cy which should be im­ple­men­ted in the fall of 2015, will in­clude a mu­ni­ci­pal Se­nior-Friend­ly approach, among other things.

The town says their aim is to ad­dress the needs of fa­mi­lies and se­niors in areas such as re­crea­tion, en­vi­ron­ment, trans­por­ta­tion, hou­sing, sa­fe­ty, and more, by adap­ting mu­ni­ci­pal ser­vices to the res­pec­tive needs of the va­rious groups.

The mul­ti-ge­ne­ra­tio­nal com­mit­tee that is al­rea­dy hard at work in­cludes four town re­pre­sen­ta­tives, th­ree se­niors’ re­pre­sen­ta­tives, th­ree re­pre­sen­ta­tives from the fa­mi­ly do­main, two youth re­pre­sen­ta­tives, a heal­thy li­fe­styles ad­vo­cate, and a re­pre­sen­ta­tive from the com­mu­ni­ty sec­tor. The com­mit­tee will al­so ad­dress the concerns of re­si­dents with di­sa­bi­li­ties.

The town says the com­ple­ted po­li­cy will be in­te­gra­ted in­to a th­ree-year ac­tion plan and will re­flect re­si­dents’ needs.

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