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Media Release - City of Welland undertakes Safe Communities Initiative with the support of community

Posted on: 23-August-2007

(January 29, 2004 – Welland, ON) – Mayor Damian Goulbourne met this morning with nearly 20 community stakeholders to look into forming a Safe Communities ad hoc committee.

The purpose of the meeting was to determine what organizations in the community are already undertaking either in their workplace or with the community at large with respect to health and safety and how we might expand those programs. Also discussed were areas of concern where more education and other programming needs to occur.

“We want to be proactive when it comes to health and safety in our community,” said Mayor Damian Goulbourne. “We invited you here today to find out how we can work together to make our community a happy, healthy, prosperous community.”

From safer work environments to safer streets, under the nationally recognized Safe Communities model, Welland becomes an attraction for businesses and families that call our city home. There are currently only 35 “safe communities” across Canada, and we want to be the next one.

When Mayor Goulbourne asked for volunteers for the committee, there was an overwhelming response from the group. In addition to Mayor Goulbourne, Ward 1 Councillor Pat Chiocchio and Ward 4 Councillor Mary Ann Grimaldi, the committee will have representation from the following organizations:
- Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique Centre-Sud
- Convergys
- Niagara Catholic District School Board
- Niagara College
- Niagara EMS
- Niagara Health System
- Niagara Regional Police Services
- United Way of South Niagara
- Vital Link Training Services
- Welland & District SPCA
- Welland Fire and Emergency Services
- Welland Hydro
- Welland/Pelham Chamber of Commerce
- Welland Public Library

The committee will meet at the end of February to discuss the composition of the committee, elect a chair and discuss next steps for the initiative, including the timeline. In addition to representation from city council, community organizations and businesses, the group would like to see the citizens of Welland get involved in this initiative. After the first meeting of the committee, there will be a call for citizen involvement on the steering committee and any sub-committees that may be formed.

For more information:
Safe Communities Foundation Website

Updated October 28, 2013