“We will continue to enhance the health and liveability of the community”
In my last blog I talked about infrastructure management in Esquimalt. With good foundation, no pun intended, we achieve structural and environmental health and livability for our community. But there is another important aspect of community health, Social enhancement, and that is the focus of this blog. Community health and social enhancement is improved through public gatherings and activities such as the ones we now see as part of our summer, ie the Farmers Marker and Music in Memorial park.
One of the budget areas that provide council some discretion for social benefit is local grant funds.
There are far more requests than funds available every year so a committee of council has the undesirable task of determining who gets what. All are worthy requests. However, with restricted finances I operate on the basis of ensuring that who we choose to put dollars to, gives the broadest possible benefits for the people of Esquimalt.
I strongly support groups who provide art, cultural and healthy events within the Township. It is my opinion that these have enhanced Esquimalt’s image, pride, and community energy. This summer’s lineup illustrates this well. Musicfest in Memorial Park brought people, of our community and beyond, out to hear music, to eat, dance and chat, to socialize for seven straight weeks.
The Esquimalt Farmers Market every Thursday from May 24th- September 13th, and monthly through the rest of the year, draws people from across the community, to socialize and purchase healthy foods and other products, all in a festive way!
Two other examples of developing Esquimalt’s social capital are:
Movies in the Park this summer which provided family opportunities like the old fashion drive in!
Summer programs for kids this year were amazing with Eco Champs being just one example. Our children learning how to make the world environmentally better. They in turn teach us parents and grandparents.
All of the examples I have talked about promote liveability in our community for residents, businesses and for visitors. They also engage people through volunteering which provides individual health benefits too!
I will be a strong advocate for future councils to continue to support community groups who provide healthy benefit to the broad community.