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Dec. 14, 2019 | Saturday
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NOTL residents encouraged to take survey on community well-being
Cindy Grant is chair of the town’s community wellness committee. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s community wellness committee is conducting a survey to gather more information about the well-being of town residents.

Because community wellness is a broad topic, the committee came up with a framework, broken down into five themes – health, transportation, housing, healthy living and social connectedness – that define the work that the group is doing, said Cindy Grant, the committee’s chair.

The committee, comprised of seven members including Lord Mayor Betty Disero, initially planned to create an inventory of available activities, services and resources related to the themes, but conducting a survey was the best way to gather information before the committee holds a public forum in early September, said Grant.

The survey, based on the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, consists of multiple-choice questions.

“The information that we get from the questions is going to give us a good sense of how people are feeling about wellness and well-being of living here,” Grant told The Lake Report.

She said the committee hopes to get 300 to 400 responses from the survey. Residents can take the survey online at jointheconversationnotl.org. If people don’t have access to a computer, they can go to the town hall or NOTL library where staff will help them complete the survey, said Grant.

Based on the responses, the committee will be making recommendations to town council on how community wellness services can be improved.

Transportation and more affordable housing options are some of the issues that need to be addressed in the town, Grant said, noting young families and young people can’t be left out from the conversation.

“We need to get that population heard from as well,” she said.

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