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Have your say to help build a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive Orillia

Posted on Thursday May 05, 2022

The City of Orillia is seeking input on how it can further support the community’s needs pertaining to diversity, equity and inclusion through an online survey and two public forums taking place this month.

Residents and organizations are invited to take part in one of two roundtable public forums on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Programming Room at the Orillia Public Library. While not required, participants are encouraged to RSVP to jsurette@orillia.ca or by calling 705-325-4530 by May 13, 2022. The community can also provide written feedback through an online survey at orillia.ca/haveyoursay. The survey is open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2022, and feedback will remain anonymous.

“Our people are our greatest asset. We are taking steps to garner input from Orillia residents, businesses and community organizations to better understand how, as a municipality, we can help Orillia be an even more welcoming, inclusive and accessible community for all,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “While we are proud that our City has been recognized within the province for its giving, caring and philanthropic nature, we recognize there is more work to be done to ensure all of our residents feel welcome and celebrated. Please share your experiences and input through the anonymous survey or attend one of the community forums.”

In September 2021, Council directed staff to investigate the establishment of an Orillia Diversity Advisory Committee and provide recommendations on a structure to advance equity, diversity and inclusivity within the City of Orillia. The information gathered through this public consultation process will help inform recommendations to Council through further understanding of our community's diverse needs and experiences. Staff anticipate bringing forward recommendations for Council’s consideration this June.

“We recognize the need to provide a forum to engage the diverse voices who call Orillia home in meaningful dialogue and an intentional approach to equitable programming and service delivery. To this end, the City is looking at how best to support our residents, particularly those facing discrimination, marginalization, racialization or other negative connotations,” said Jacqueline Surette, Manager of Culture.

For more information on this process or to RSVP, please contact Jacqueline Surette, Manager of Culture, at 705-325-4530 or jsurette@orillia.ca.

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Jacqueline Surette
Manager of Culture
705-325-4530
jsurette@orillia.ca

Melissa Gowanlock
Manager of Communications
705-330-1951 (cell)
magowanlock@orillia.ca