The Dryden community is working together to create a healthy, safe community.
This past week, over 55 community agencies – including social services, police, city council, mental health and addictions, education, housing, health-care, the Metis Nation and organizations representing senior citizens came together to begin the discussion to build a Community Well-being Plan for the area. The communities of Dryden, Ignace and Vermilion Bay were represented in the first step of building the plan, following the framework for Building a Safe Ontario.
Katherine Campbell, a community development consultant in the region, led the group into a number of areas, including: what is the current landscape of our area, established partnerships and programming and how to build partnerships to address some of the issues facing the communities. The group went on to identify risks affecting the communities, including: homelessness, access to suitable housing, transportation and programming for children, youth and seniors. One of the top risks identified was addressing mental health and additions in the area.
The Dryden Police Service says that there were various promising discussions regarding issues that can be addressed both in the short-term and long-term. They included the creation of partnerships to address current situations, developing a resource list for organizations and the community to access and the development of a communication plan.
The DPS notes that over the next number of weeks, data will be compiled and information will be collected to determine the next steps that the number of organizations involved in creating the plan will take.
The plan is part of the province's community safety and correctional services mandate.
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