Student Active Transportation and School Travel Planning Programs
Regional Council received a delegation from David Laing, Chair, Bike Brampton, regarding Student Active Transportation and School Travel Planning (STP) Programs in the Region of Peel.
Childhood inactivity is a serious problem in Peel. Student Active Transportation has been shown to provide for a significant portion of school-aged children's daily physical activity requirement, yet student active transportation participation is declining. STP programs have proven effective at reversing the trend.
Active Transportation Plan - Implementation Strategy
Regional Council received an update on the 2014 activities and initiatives associated with the advancement of the Region of Peel Active Transportation (AT) Plan - Implementation Strategy.
On February 9, 2012, Regional Council approved the staff report titled "Peel Region Active Transportation Plan and Implementation Strategy" and its recommendations (Resolution 2012-270); the Plan was subsequently endorsed by the three area municipalities in Peel. The AT Plan supports the policy objectives of the Regional Official Plan that include developing and promoting a sustainable, safe, efficient, effective and integrated multi-modal transportation system, and encouraging the increased use of sustainable and active modes of travel.
To achieve its mandate, Regional staff is actively collaborating with the community, area municipalities, and the Province to implement the AT Plan through policies, programs and recommended infrastructure. This approach also complements the area municipalities' pathways, trails, and cycling master plans and ensures alignment with Provincial, municipal and other Regional policies and strategies.
The Region of Peel is committed to providing alternative travel modes (i.e., walking, cycling and connections to public transit) that are convenient, accessible, sustainable, cost effective, and beneficial to the health of Peel residents. To ensure that our AT Plan implementation process continues to address community expectations, staff will review and refine Regional policies to support greater adoption of active transportation modes.
Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors - 2015 Norma Rudy Award
Regional Council congratulated Carolyn Clubine, Director, Senior Services Development, on her receipt of the Norma Rudy Award from the Ontario Association of Non-profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS). The recipient of this award embodies the commitment and dedication exemplified by Norma Rudy, whose contributions have shaped, defined and improved the long-term care and retirement non-profit sector. They demonstrate initiative in the Association's activities, show continued support of the Association's endeavors and provide significant contributions to services for seniors in Ontario.
As Director of Senior Services Development, Carolyn is overseeing key initiatives that will ensure the Region of Peel is prepared to meet the needs of the aging population, such as the implementation of the 26 recommendations of the Aging Population Steering Committee of Regional Council and leading the redevelopment of the Peel Manor site into a seniors' services hub.
For more information about the Ontario Association of Non-profit Homes and Services for Seniors, please visit: https://www.oanhss.org/
Bequest to the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, Estate of Joanne Bishop
Regional Council approved the execution of documents to receive a bequest from the Estate of Joanne Bishop to the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA). The late Joanne Bishop was a long time employee and supporter of PAMA, who continued her support of the organization by volunteering and donating to PAMA when she retired from the Region.
The bequest will be directed to the PAMA Endowment Fund. The PAMA Endowment Fund is held by the Brampton and Caledon Community Foundation, and helps preserve the collections at PAMA for future generations to enjoy. Mr. and Mrs. Bishop have made financial donations to the establishment and growth of the PAMA Endowment Fund since the creation of the fund in 2008.