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Public forum will discuss NOTL wellness
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Niagara-on-the-Lake residents are invited to a public forum next Thursday, Sept. 26, to weigh in on the current state of wellness in the town.

The forum, organized by the town’s community wellness committee, will revolve around around just that — wellness, and what can be done to improve it for residents of all ages within the town.

The forum will address eight different topic areas: community vitality including transportation, culture and leisure, democratic engagement, education, environment, healthy community, living standards and time use.

Attendants will be broken into small groups and given time to discuss each topic, with the goals of identifying what works well, what doesn’t, and what can be done to solve local problems that fit in the category.

At town council on Monday, chair Cindy Grant provided an update of the committee’s work since it started meeting in March.

“Don’t think of wellness as just health,” Grant said. “This is wellness in the broader scope of wellness: transportation, housing, community vitality, social connectedness and so on.”

In order to get a better understanding of the state of wellness in town, the wellness committee also encourages residents to take an online survey. As of Sept. 10, 140 responses have been received so far. Grant said the committee hopes to get at least 200 responses.

After the forum and survery, the committee will cross analyze the results, said Grant, and then prepare a report for council with recommendations in November.

The forum will take place at the NOTL community centre in two sessions, one from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Simspon Room, and another from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the auditorium.

The survey can be found online at Residents will also be able to fill out the survey at the forum.