A task force has been formed to develop a cultural plan for the community.
“It is important to have a cultural plan in place, since culture is such a significant aspect of our community and a major part of our strategic plan,” Mayor Peter Waterman said.
“Cultural planning is vital to the development and maintenance of a successful, unique, creative and sustainable community that is attractive for people to work, live and visit.”
The plan will shape the municipality’s approach to cultural development.
On Monday evening, council adopted the terms of reference for the Cultural Plan Task Force.
The planning process will include extensive public involvement, allowing all residents the opportunity to provide their input and participate in the development of the plan.
Council expects the task force will complete the plan within one year.
The 15-member committee consists of two councillors and 13 members of the public.
Public members of the committee are Barbara Thorburn, Denese Espeut-Post, Dianne Hildebrand, Jane Curtin, Jean Evanishen, Ellie van Nie, John Bubb, Margaret Holler, Sophia Jackson, Linda Beaven, Susan Gibbs, Betty-Ann Xenis and Dan Dinsmore. Coun. Doug Holmes and Coun. Janet Peake will be the council representatives.
Meetings of the committee will be open to the public.
Waterman said the quality of the committee members is impressive, as many have extensive backgrounds in various aspects of arts and culture.
An arts and culture component is one of four pillars of the municipality’s strategic plan.
Waterman said the cultural plan will help to recognize the importance of arts and culture within the community.
In addition, a vibrant arts and cultural component will benefit the community, he said.
“We want to recognize that this is a strong, active part of our community,” he said. “Arts and culture will benefit the local economy.”