Regional Council received a delegation from Regional Chair Kolb and David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer, presenting a cheque in the amount of $492,979 to the United Way of Peel Region (UWPR), representing funds raised in the 2012 Region of Peel and Peel Regional Police Employees United Way Campaigns.
The Region of Peel 2012 United Way Campaign set an optimistic fundraising goal of $350,000 and employees surpassed this goal with the total amount raised totalling $350,642. Peel Regional Police also raised $142,337 and together with the Region of Peel, a total of $492,979 was presented to Shelley White, Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Peel Region.
The Region of Peel has supported the UWPR as its corporate charity for more than 35 years. With the persistent hard work, support and generous donations by Region of Peel and Peel Regional Police employees, the campaigns have continued to be successful with over $4 million raised in the past 10 years.
UWPR provides support to 56 community agencies in the social services sector in Caledon, Brampton and Mississauga. The 2013 campaign will build upon the success of last year and continue to help those most vulnerable in our community.
Regional Council received an update on Water Treatment and Quality in Peel Region. The municipal drinking water systems in Ontario are governed by the Safe Drinking Water System Act (SDWA), 2002, and its regulations. Schedule 22 of the Ontario Drinking Water Systems Regulations (O. Reg.170/03) under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002 requires drinking water system owners to prepare a Summary Report for Municipalities which must be presented to the municipal Council by March 31 of each year.
The Region’s water system scored high in the 2012 Ministry of the Environment’s (MOE) rigorous and comprehensive inspections program. All of Peel’s groundwater systems achieved 100% and the surface water systems were graded at 98.72% and 97.40% on the 2012 MOE Inspections scale.
The Region of Peel complied with the terms and conditions of all approvals, permits and the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002 and its regulations.
Long Term Care Resident Satisfaction Survey Results
Regional Council received a report outlining the results of the Long Term Care Resident Satisfaction Survey conducted in the spring of 2012. The Region of Peel Long Term Care Centres have carried out resident satisfaction surveys since 2003. Residents are able to complete the survey independently or with the assistance of a family member.
The survey is structured so that it collects qualitative and quantitative feedback on the admissions process, nursing care, personal support workers care, medial care, food services, home-like environment, along with other services and products. The response rate for the 2012 survey was 54%, representing an increase of 10% since 2010.
Results indicate that resident satisfaction is high and has been stable over the past five years. Overall satisfaction with the Centres as a place to live was 8.2 out of 10, and the overall quality of care received a rating of 8.3 out of 10. The 2012 results show that staff and service providers play a pivotal role in resident satisfaction and quality of life across Peel’s five Long Term Care Centres.
Regional Council received an update on the launch of Phase Two of the Let Your Green Show campaign; a campaign targeted to Peel residents as an incentive-based public awareness campaign. It challenges residents to take actions to reduce their impact on the environment and help reduce Peel’s carbon footprint.
Let Your Green Show has three phases that encourage residents to: grow local/eat local; use less water; and give their cars a break. Phase Two asks residents, more specifically, to reduce water use by; planting drought tolerant plants, using rain barrels, installing water efficient showerheads and low flow toilets. By registering at www.letyourgreenshow.ca, residents may pick an action they are prepared to complete and then choose a reward they would like to receive for their commitment to live more sustainably. These rewards are called ‘greenbacks’.
The Use Less Water campaign will help Peel residents understand how using less water will help mitigate against the effects of climates change and draws upon the water conservation efforts already in place as part of Peel’s Water Efficiency Strategy.
Phase Two of the ‘Let your Green Show’ campaign will launch on March 22, 2013 to coincide with World Water Day and will run until August 31, 2013.