Recognizing Paul Nguyen, Communication Specialist, Region of Peel
RRegional Chair Kolb recognized Communication Specialist, Paul Nguyen, who was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his outstanding volunteer work in the Jane-Finch community with at-risk youth. Chair Kolb presented Mr. Nguyen with a plaque congratulating him for receiving the distinguished honour.
Regional Council received a presentation on the work done by the Peel Elder Abuse Prevention Network (PEAPN) and contributions the Network has made to the community. Since its establishment in 2003, the PEAPN has grown to become a collaborative of more then 45 organizations working together to end the abuse of older adults in the Region of Peel. PEAPN gratefully acknowledged the funding contributions and Regional staff involvement in Crisis and Emergency Housing initiatives. The Peel Elder Abuse Prevention Network plans to continue working with the Region to explore a multi-year funding option and future network directions.
To learn more about the Peel Elder Abuse Prevention Network and their community initiatives please visit: www.peapn.ca
Regional Council extended the contract with Zoll Medical Canada Inc. for a period of five years. Zoll will supply, delivery and conduct annual inspection of defibrillators and all related consumable supplies. The cost per defibrillator has decreased in comparison to the original purchase price and the estimated cost to renew the contract will be $3,418,400. The cost of renewal was found to be the most cost effective solution in accordance with Purchasing By-law 63-2008.
Regional Council received information regarding the provincial funding for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Chief Nursing Officer Initiative. The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care is providing the Region of Peel with 100 per cent funding to establish the Chief Nursing Officer Initiative in Peel Public Health. The initiative creates the position of Chief Nursing Officer in each Board of Health within the Province of Ontario to designate responsibilities related to nursing quality assurance and nurse practice leadership.
Regional Council received a presentation by Dr. David Mowat, Medical Officer of Health, on the findings of the Residential Preferences Survey. Peel Public Health collaborated with five other leading health units across the country in addition to three national organizations to work on the Healthy Canada by Design project. The project launched a Residential Preferences Survey to study the demand for different types of residential community environments, specifically examining the walkability of various community types. The GTA survey results indicate that relative to residents who prefer and live in auto-oriented neighbourhoods, residents who prefer and live in highly walkable neighbourhoods walk 2.6 times as often for utilitarian purposes each week; use transit 2.5 times as often; drive 150 fewer kilometres per week; have lower body weights, and; lower numbers on the Body Mass Index. He stated that the results indicate an unmet demand for more walkable neighbourhoods in the GTA, and acceptance for walkable and healthy communities. These findings inform the Region of Peel’s 2011-2014 Term of Council Priority of promoting supportive environments for health and active living.
The Peel Agricultural Advisory Working Group’s 2011 Accomplishments and Revisions to Peel Rural Water Quality Program Guidelines
Regional Council received a report regarding the accomplishments of the Peel Agricultural Advisory Working Group (PAAWG) in 2011. Furthermore, Regional Council approved revisions to the Peel Rural Water Quality Program Guidelines (PRWQP). PAAWG continued to strengthen the relationship between the Region, agricultural groups and community members in 2011 by promoting and participating in several community agricultural initiatives such as PAAWG’s input on the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Action Plan, 2021. Revisions to the PRWQP guidelines are based on PAAWG’s community research findings to ensure that they are up-to-date and effective.