Keeping residents engaged with Citizen Advisory Committees

When Regional Council approved the Halton Region Strategic Action Plan 2015-2018 last week, we reaffirmed our commitment to governing for the future. The Strategic Action Plan defines our leadership as accountable and transparent, with an ongoing focus on resident engagement.

One of our most important tools for engaging the Halton community is our Citizen Advisory Committees. These groups, comprised of residents, agency representatives and Councillors, hold ongoing meetings on a variety of timely, specific topics. Their discussions provide valuable input for Council and Regional staff as we work to fulfill the objectives in our Strategic Action Plan.

Each committee is based on a central concept, Regional asset or set of programs, and benefits from the experience of its members. Appointees lend their unique experiences and perspectives about issues currently affecting their communities. This insight helps Regional Council ensure that the decision-making process is inclusive and considers the needs of all Halton residents.

Members for the Region’s 10 committees are recruited through an application and interview process. In February, Regional Council appointed members to the following groups based on recommendations from the Interview Committees:

I am also happy to remind all residents that we are accepting applications for four additional committees until May 1, 2015:

Individual vacancies on all the committees may also be advertised throughout the four year term. For more information or to find a full list of our agencies, boards and committees, please visit halton.ca/advisorycommittees.

I encourage all qualified and interested residents to take this opportunity to bring their insight and expertise to the table. By presenting your ideas and feedback to the Region, you will help us make informed decisions that improve the quality of life for our entire community.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “the Carr Report”.