Regional Council received an update on the Peel Newcomer Strategy Group, which has conducted research and consultations that have resulted in the outline of a new model for enhancing newcomer settlement services in Peel. In response to a request from the Group for Regional Council representation, Councillors Chris Fonseca and Elaine Moore were appointed to represent the Region of Peel on the new Central Planning Table for immigration services. For more information on the Peel Newcomer Strategy Group, please visit: http://www.peelnewcomer.org
Regional Council received information from representatives from Mayfield Secondary School and St. Edith Stein Elementary School regarding their experience as pilot schools for the new School Food and Beverage Policy, as mandated by the Ministry of Education. The policy must be implemented by September 1, 2011, and requires that all food and beverages sold in publicly-funded elementary and secondary schools comply with nutritional standards. Peel Public Health will continue to support the implementation of the policy and encourage healthy eating in schools.
For more information on the School Food and Beverage Policy please visit: http://www.peelregion.ca/health/baew/lunches-snacks/policy/index.htm
Regional Council proclaimed June 2011, “Seniors’ Month”. Seniors’ Month is a time when seniors are acknowledged and honoured throughout the Province of Ontario. The Region of Peel plays a key role in helping older adults and seniors in our community to maintain their active lifestyles. For more information on Senior living in Peel, please visit: http://www.peelseniorlink.com/
Regional Council proclaimed June 15, 2011 “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day”. The Region of Peel supports and participates in a wide range of collaborative activities related to support for older adults, including a close working relationship with the Peel Elder Abuse Prevention Network. The proclamation of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day will raise awareness and support activities that will continue to address the goal, mission and key messages developed by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.
Regional Council proclaimed September 2011 “Literacy Month”. The objective of this celebration is to emphasize the importance of literacy and to applaud the efforts made by literacy practitioners and volunteers. The Region of Peel Human Services department and community partners support an array of free literacy based programs for children and families.
Regional Council proclaimed October 2011 “Child Abuse Prevention Month”. Each year, Peel Children’s Aid joins Children’s Aid Societies across the province in educating the public and building awareness of the problem of child abuse in our community through the Child Abuse Prevention campaign. Community leaders, organizations, schools and the public are asked to help prevent child abuse and wear the purple ribbon, wristband or button, the symbol behind the campaign, to demonstrate support to end child abuse in our community. For more information on Preventing Child Abuse, please visit: http://www.peelcas.org/protecting_children.asp
Regional Council proclaimed October 15 to 23, 2011 the “Week of the Child”. Week of the Child is a time within our Peel communities to reflect on the rights and needs of our children, which is in keeping with the Peel’s Children’s Charter of Rights; renew our commitment to improve the quality of opportunities for all children; and review how well we care for and educate the future adults, parents and leaders in Peel. Each year, the Human Services department recognizes the week through various children’s events, including activities at the Regional Learn.Play.Care. Centres. For more information on Regional Learn.Play.Care. Centres, please visit: http://www.peelregion.ca/children/programs/lpc-childcarecentres/index.htm
Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Appreciation Day- October 21, 2011
Regional Council proclaimed October 21, 2011 “Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day”. The day is intended to honour the many people who are dedicated to providing early learning and child care to the young children in Peel. For more information on child care in the Region, please visit: http://www.peelregion.ca/children/programs/childcare.htm
Community and Social Service Workers Appreciation Day- November 6, 2011
Regional Council proclaimed November 6, 2011 “Community and Social Service Workers Appreciation Day”. The Region of Peel provides a wide variety of community programs that are vital to the quality of life of our community. 2011 marks the fourth year that the contributions made by Community Social Service Workers will be recognized for providing crucial services that help improve the quality of life for individuals and families which contributes to a stronger and more stable community. For more information on the Region’s Human Services department, please visit: http://www.peelregion.ca/social-services/plan09-12/about.htm
Regional Council proclaimed November 20, 2011 “National Child Day”. In 1993, the Government of Canada designated November 20th each year as National Child Day to celebrate the adoption by the United Nations of two landmark documents concerning the rights of children. The Region of Peel offers a variety of supports and services to families and children, many of which uphold the rights of children including the Peel Children’s Charter of Rights. For more information on the Peel Children’s Charter of Rights, please visit: http://successby6peel.ca/
Regional Council proclaimed November 22, 2011 “National Housing Day”. There are approximately 1.3 million families, or more than four million Canadians, currently living in substandard housing. The Peel Housing Corporation currently provides housing for 16,230 tenants in 7,300 units throughout the Region of Peel. On November 22, 2011, staff will reflect on the progress made in creating affordable housing in Peel and discuss the development of plans for the future. For more information on Peel Housing Corporation, please visit: http://www.peelregion.ca/housing/peel-living/