This week, our co-managers for the Active Neighbourhoods Canada project here at TCAT: Mikey Bennington and Car Martin, attended HC Link's 2013 provincial conference, Linking for Healthy Communities: Collaborating for Change. The conference provided an opportunity for Mikey and Car to meet individuals from the health sector, community organizations and various Ontario municipalities who are working towards the shared goal of building healthy, sustainable and resilient communities. Workshops and keynotes allowed TCAT to learn and share experiences on topics such as sustainable funding models, community engagement strategies and case studies of successful collaborations.
Presentation of the first ever Walk Friendly Ontario awards took place at the conference to recognize municipal excellence in walkability. Walk Friendly Ontario, a project of Canada Walks, is a recognition program that gives walking a prominent profile in community planning and design, and encourages municipal governments to set targets for ongoing improvements. TCAT Director Nancy Smith Lea was a participating judge for these awards and, along with everyone from TCAT, would like to extend congratulations to all of the recognized municipalities, in particular the sliver award winners – the City of Hamilton and City of Ottawa.
Walk Friendly recognized municipalities.
Photo Credit: Mikey Bennington