STRATEGIC PLAN ALIGNMENT
Strategic Priority #1: Community Livability and Social Equity
To build awareness of the many initiatives and projects the City is involved in, as well to as enhance how the City engages the community in the decision-making process whenever possible, the Mayor’s Task Force on Public Engagement was established in January 2015. Led by the Mayor and consisting of councillors and community members with expertise in the areas of communication and engagement, the task force worked with the SFU Centre for Dialogue to develop a “made in New Westminster” awareness and engagement strategy. The end result seeks to foster connectedness amongst our citizens with City Hall as well as to identify new ways for engaging with Council and staff to ensure initiatives, programs and decisions at the municipal level are truly reflective of community desires.
The Mayor’s Task Force on Public Engagement formally wrapped up in November 2017. Public Engagement work plan implementation is underway.
Current implementation initiatives include:
- Developing a community of practice and coordinate staff training;
- Researching and adopting a new online engagement platform;
- Developing leadership and capacity building programs for external groups – specifically to support marginalized and underrepresented communities; and
- Develop policy and guidelines to support best practices.