Vibrant Communities aiming to build healthier, safer Cornwall

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Vibrant Communities aiming to build healthier, safer Cornwall
SDC Executive Director Carilyne Hébert with the public Vibrant Communities survey at the Seaway Valley Community Health Centre on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 (Nick Seebruch/ Seaway News).

CORNWALL, Ontario – The Vibrant Communities initiative being spearheaded by the Social Development Council (SDC) has identified more than 700 action points to make Cornwall a safer and healthier space.

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In July, more than 100 people associated with Vibrant Communities met at the Cornwall Civic Complex to discuss priorities to improve the quality of life in the City of Cornwall and to help develop the framework for a Community Safety Plan.

The Community Safety Plan is a provincially mandated requirement for all municipalities to form and implement by 2020. The Cornwall Police Service (CPS) applied for a grant to help fund the formulation of Cornwall’s Community Safety Plan and are partnering with Vibrant Communities in the plan’s creation.

There are four pillars that the focus group identified, which are mental health, health services, poverty and community safety.

To accomplish its goal, the SDC has partnered with the City of Cornwall, the United Counties of SD&G, Akwesasne and organizations throughout these communities.

“Because of Vibrant Communities I think our plan will be excellent because of these cooperations,” said SDC Executive Director Carilyne Hébert.

As stated, the focus group held in July identified more than 700 initiatives that could be included in the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, but they seek to narrow their focus. To do that, the SDC and Vibrant Communities are going out into Cornwall, Akwesasne and the United Counties to get feedback from the public on different initiatives to find a consensus amongst the public as to which initiatives are most important to them.

“This is something that 10 years down the road we will be able to see a result because we will be focused on prevention,” said Hébert.

The survey will be setting up throughout Cornwall and SD&G and Akwesasne polling the public on priorities important to them, but they are also asking the public to send in their input through an online survey that can be found at

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