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Community Talk

Creating a supported, safe and connected community in Strathcona County.

We all want a healthy and vibrant community. But life isn’t always easy - sometimes it's complicated.

Watch: 3 minute video about issues friends and family are facing right now in Strathcona County

Can you relate? 

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Thank you for taking part in Community Talk!

During the initial phase of Community Talk an invitation was extended to anyone who lives or works in Strathcona County to have honest conversations about how to build a community where everyone feels supported, safe and connected. Over the past 2 months many people participated in Community Talk through completing a short survey or attending a community conversation. The feedback will help set the renewed social direction for our community. This work would not have been possible without your participation.

Did you know?

  • Over 7800 people shared their thoughts and opinions by responding to the survey
  • Nearly 400 people participated in a community conversations
  • Close to 50 community events incorporated Community Talk in their celebrations and programs
  • Over 150 businesses in Strathcona County were engaged in some way

Next Steps

Phase one is now complete. After all the information is collected and reviewed a ‘What We Heard’ document that will be available on this site towards the end of February.

No single organization or level of government can tackle social issues alone. Partnerships and an integrated approach will be integral to our collective success. Based on feedback received, solutions will be indentified on how we can improve our County's social and community outcomes together. 

Here are some of the quotes we have received from community members through Community Talk:

“I feel like people should just be more accepting of others whether it be race, gender or religion.  If we all accept each other we’ll all get along much better.” 

 

“We can improve on the goals of feeling valued and respected by creating social groups where people can join and feel accepted.”

 

"People with lower incomes should be able to access childcare/transportation/education at a lower cost"

 

"If we all want to work together to make the community stronger, everyone should spend some of their time helping"

 

“Volunteering in the community is the best way to build a stronger community.”

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we doing this?

It’s time. Strathcona County’s Social Sustainability Framework was adopted by Council in 2007. Since then, there have been significant demographic, social and economic changes for residents. Strathcona County is beginning the renewal of its social framework through public engagement with the community. The renewed framework, titled Community Talk, aims to create a shared vision of social priorities in Strathcona County, clarify outcomes and roles, coordinate activities and align policies and provide overall direction to social planning and decision-making.

What are the timelines?

Strathcona County led public engagement to rekindle discussions around the County’s Social Sustainability Framework from October 18, 2016 until December 31,2016. Phase Two, taking place in January and February, involves Strathcona County reviewing and reporting on the first round of engagement’s themes. Phase Three involves deeper community discussions on the findings to form the basis of the renewed social framework, which leads into Phase Four, where the draft  Community Talk framework will be presented to Council by the end of May, 2017.

Who can I contact for more information?

Please contact Strathcona County Family and Community Services at 780-464-4044 or by emailing communitytalk@strathcona.ca for more information.

For more information:
Phone: 780-464-4044
Email: communitytalk@strathcona.ca

Last updated: Friday, January 06, 2017
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