Long Term Care Medical Directors’ 2011 Annual Report
Regional Council received the 2011 Annual Report of the Long Term Care Medical Directors. Dr. Harry Earle, Senior Medical Director, Long Term Care (LTC), presented Council with an update on the medical status of the residents and the supporting care and services delivered at the LTC centres. Overall, Peel LTC centres saw a decline in the number of falls and aggressive incidents in 2011, due to valuable divisional response programs. Peel Long Term Care provides services for over 700 LTC residents each year and is committed to providing high quality medical care and services.
Regional Council received a presentation providing an overview of the community development work accomplished by the Malton Community Building Project (MCBP). The MCBP works to empower leadership in the Black and South Asian Communities and promotes a more integrated Malton. Through multiple phases, the MCBP strives to build community networks while providing education and support to service the cultural needs of the community.
100th Anniversary of Child Protection Services in Peel
Regional Council recognized April 23, 2012 as the 100th Anniversary of Child Protection Services in the Region of Peel. Peel Children’s Aid (CAS) held its inaugural meeting in 1912 and has since grown with the support of the community. Peel CAS responded to over 11000 calls within the last year regarding children’s safety. The theme of events and awareness campaigns in the upcoming year will celebrate the centennial anniversary.
Regional Council proclaimed May 12, 2012, Canada Health Day. Dedicated to celebrating health service employees, Canada Health Day in Peel acknowledges health services staff that provide quality, client-focused care and services.
Regional Council proclaimed May 7 to 13, 2012, National Nursing Week. Nursing Week in the Region of Peel is dedicated to recognizing the service and care provided by long-term care, public health and occupational health nurses in the Region. The theme for this year’s Nursing Week is “Nursing - The Health of our Nation.”
Regional Council proclaimed May 20 to 26, Paramedic Week. Peel Regional Paramedic Services respond to over 85 000 emergency calls each year, providing life-saving care to the residents of the Region of Peel 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Paramedic Week recognizes over 400 Peel Regional Paramedics for the dedicated and vital care they provide.
Regional Council received a report on the development of Peel’s Homelessness Health Strategy (HHS). The HHS has several components geared to improving the equity of access to health services. The Strategy works to support homeless and at-risk populations and educate the community on the unique health needs of the homeless and at risk members of the community. The Strategy also aims to optimize funding and resources available to the HHS.
Regional Council received a report regarding the food distribution efforts of the food banks and food organizations in Peel. Food security is one of four issues that will be addressed in an upcoming strategy being developed by the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy. Successful food security in Peel requires the continued commitment by various stakeholders in addition to the efforts by the charitable food sector.
Regional Council received the 2011 Annual Fire Coordinator’s Report. The position of Regional Fire Coordinator rotates annually with Brampton Fire Chief, Andy MacDonald assuming the position for 2012. The Regional Fire Coordinator works to ensure that the municipal fire plans coordinate with each other and conform to the Regional Emergency Plan. In addition, the Regional Fire Coordinator ensures there is ongoing communication among all municipal fire services. The Regional Fire Chiefs are committed to working together to ensure the ongoing safety and protection of all Peel residents. Regional Council thanked Mississauga Fire Chief John MacDougall for his efforts in 2011.