Stanstead Strate­gic Plan­ning

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Since 2011, the Town of Stanstead has held nu­mer­ous pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions among the pop­u­la­tion and the lo­cal lead­ers as to hear their opin­ion and to iden­tify the strengths of the Town as well as ar­eas re­quir­ing im­prove­ment.

Nu­mer­ous ideas have come about in these suc­cess­ful meet­ings and the Town is now ready to pur­sue the work by de­vel­op­ing a strate­gic plan in or­der to de­ter­mine the poli­cies and ac­tions that will need to be un­der­taken over the next five years. It will look at sub­jects such as eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment, qual­ity of life, ed­u­ca­tion, as well as health and tourism de­vel­op­ment.

The strate­gic plan will also be use­ful in the Town’s ap­pli­ca­tion to re­ceive the Vil­lageRe­lais ac­cred­i­ta­tion from the Min­istère des Trans­ports du Québec.

In the com­ing days, Ms. Hélène Hamel, Project Man­ager for the Vil­lageRe­lais pro­gram and Ms. Joanne La­je­unesseMcKay, Stanstead Lo­cal Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Agent of the CLD Mem­phré­m­a­gog, will meet hun­dreds of peo­ple of all ages, both English and French, in or­der to un­der­stand what they ex­pect from the community.

Fo­cus groups will be held di­rectly in the homes of some cit­i­zens, who will be asked to in­vite fam­ily, friends and neigh­bors to join the di­a­logue.

«It is es­sen­tial for us to visit peo­ple in their en­vi­ron­ment to make ev­ery­one feel at ease so that they can ex­change their points of view in a friendly en­vi­ron­ment», says Ms. La­je­unesseMcKay.

Also, in or­der to hear the voice of our youth, of­ten not present dur­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions, Misses Hamel and La­je­unesseMcKay will go di­rectly in their schools, no­tably La Ruche and Alexan­der Galt high schools. Sim­i­larly, con­sul­ta­tions will take place in the form of fo­cus groups.

Sub­se­quently, a vast pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion will be sent to ev­ery house­hold. The in­for­ma­tion gath­ered dur­ing the ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion will serve as a pre­lude to this sec­ond phase.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to show your in­ter­est in par­tic­i­pat­ing in fo­cus groups, cit­i­zens are asked to com­mu­ni­cate with Ms. Hélène Hamel at 8197040770.

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