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.
- The 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, who settle in large proportions across northeast Calgary.