2013 Region of Peel Employees' United Way Campaign
Regional Council received a delegation regarding the 2013 Region of Peel Employees' United Way Campaign.
Regional Chair Kolb announced that the Region of Peel Employees United Way Campaign surpassed the 2013 fundraising goal of $325,000 for a total of $333,901, in support of the Peel Region United Way and their work dedicated to meeting the needs of the Peel community. Deputy Chief Frank Roselli, Inspector Dale Mumby and Constable Jen Guse, Peel Regional Police (PRP), noted that $98,732 was raised through the PRP employee campaign.
David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer, stated that the Region of Peel and Peel Regional Police employee campaign raised $432,633 and over the last 10 years funds raised for the United Way has exceeded $4.5 million. Shelley White, Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Peel Region, extended her appreciation to the Region of Peel and Peel Regional Police leadership team and employees, and thanked them for their continuous support for the United Way.
Shelley White announced that it is National Volunteer Week and noted that Bill Goursky, former Chair of the Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee and long term volunteer of the United Way, will receive the Lifetime Volunteer Award at the Volunteer - Mississauga, Brampton Annual General Meeting.
Implications of Local Flexibility for the Region of Peel
Regional Council received a report on the increased service manager flexibility and accountability that the Region of Peel has with respect to early learning and child care, affordable housing and social assistance. As a result of Local Services Realignment (LSR) in 1998, the Region of Peel was designated as one of 47 service managers in Ontario for early learning and child care, affordable housing and social assistance. The Province has since implemented new policies granting service managers greater flexibility in the management of these programs. Increased flexibility is a positive development for service managers and has significant implications, including heightened accountability and risk. Service management responsibility and flexibility will enable the Region of Peel to play a leadership role in creating an integrated system of services that produces better outcomes for the community.
The Peel Cancer Screening Study: Increasing Cancer Screening Rates for South Asians in Peel
Regional Council received information regarding the Peel Cancer Screeing Study: Increasing Cancer Screening Rates for South Asians in Peel. In 2012 Peel Public Health reported that South Asian women in Peel are less likely to be screeened for cancer compared to women of other ethnicities. Peel Public Health has partnered with Cancer Care Ontario, Punjabi Community Health Services and the Centre for Research on Inner City Health to identify barriers to breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening for South Asians in the Region of Peel.
The Region of Peel is a diverse community with over 49 per cent of the population identified as immigrants. Given this diversity, it is important to understand how ethnicity and culture can impact health outcomes and health behaviours. Over a quarter (27.7 per cent) of the population of Peel identifies as South Asian, making this population of particular interest to Peel Public Health.
Regional Council received an update from Dr. David Mowat, Medical Officer of Health and Dr. Eileen De Villa Associate Medical Officer of Health on the Measles outbreak. Dr. Mowat provided a history of Measles and the effects of measles worldwide, noting that there have been 27 cases of measles in Ontario from 2009-2012 and 12 cases for 2014. Dr. Mowat stated that persons with inadequate immunization may be at risk ofcontracting measles through human to human contact.