There was lots of evidence this week that Guelph is a caring community.
The Multicultural Festival flag was raised at City Hall (the Festival is this weekend) and the Guelph Citizenship Committee was launched. Both initiatives work to ensure new Canadians feel welcome and valued in our community. Twenty-one percent of Guelph’s residents are new Canadians. We will be welcoming 10,000 new Canadians to Guelph over the next 25 years.
The success of the Swim to Survive Program was celebrated. With only one exception, and they will be on board next year, every Grade Three class in Guelph particpated in the program. Only 40% of Canadians learn to swim but if you grow up in Guelph, you will learn how to swim to survive.
The annual Guelph Awards of Excellence Gala recognized many individuals and businesses that make a difference every day in our community. Update: See pictures of the Mayor’s Awards presentations here.
The United Way recognized the individuals who are leading the way in donations to their annual campaign to support agencies in our community that deliver essential programs that improve the quality of lives of Guelph residents.
Even the President’s Dialogue this week at the University of Guelph – Human Rights, Human Wrongs – focussed on how we can build a more caring and compassionate global community.
Lots to be proud about in Guelph this week!