The Diversity Council is an initiative that I started because it was identified as a priority for Ward 5 during my election campaign. The goal of creating the Diversity Council is to link Calgary City Hall to the community-wide network of residents, businesses, and organizations to create a vibrant, aesthetically appealing, inclusive, prosperous, safe, clean and connected Ward 5.
We have had quarterly meetings with residents, community associations, ethnic and other groups, non-profits, and other government organizations. Our focus has been on building bridges with our neighbours so that we can come together and work towards the betterment of our communities. It is up to us, as government leaders, residents, business owners, friends and family, to step up and reclaim our decision-making and responsibility for making sure our communities are moving forward!
Topics we have covered in the Diversity Council meetings have been:
- Improving access to primary care among diverse communities.
- MakeCalgary, a unique, university-based, initiative focused on community-engaged research for a healthy city.
- Empower Me, an education and energy conservation program that helps people save energy, save money and make their homes more comfortable and safe.
- Research related to challenges facing youth who have been in conflict with the law and ways to support young people to achieve healthy development.
- Proliferation of illegal signs and community cleanups in Ward 5.
- Refugee Health Research Program – an overview of this program and health issues faced by resettled refugees, whom settle in large proportions across northeast Calgary.
Ward Open House
On Thursday, October 25th the Ward 5 office held its first annual Ward 5 City Services Open House at the Genesis Centre. My staff and I, along with staff from various City Departments, were present to speak with residents and citizens. The purpose of the Open House was to educate citizens, listen to concerns and answer any questions they had. Over 200 people attended which was a resounding success. Please look for the next installment of the Open House in Fall 2019!
Chai with Chahal
The creation of Chai with Chahal is my version of a Ward 5 pop-up office in the heart of Ward 5 – the Genesis Centre. The drop-in sessions take place on a regular basis at the Genesis Centre. This is an opportunity for residents and businesses to connect with Councillor Chahal and talk about things that matter to them, their families and their employees.
We have chatted with residents about the taxi industry, traffic safety issues, sports fields, recreational opportunities, Genesis Centre expansion, park benches, bus shelters, and much more. Come out for some light refreshments and enjoy a great conversation with our Ward 5 team! Stay connected to our social media for updates and more information.
In my time on the campaign trail and during my first year in office, keeping our communities safe and clean has been one of my main priorities. One of the goals of our office is to address this priority by raising awareness, educating our community members, taking responsibility for the cleanliness of our communities and taking actions to ensure Ward 5 is clean.
Our office, along with the communities in Ward 5, organized Community Cleanups in July and September. We were able to clean up key spots within our communities that needed the attention with the help of our volunteers and community members. Thank you! Let’s focus on working together and keeping our neighbourhoods clean! We anticipate doing more Cleanups in 2019 and if you would like to participate in the future, please check the event page for upcoming cleanups or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.