I have attended a remarkable diversity of events over the last few days.
ACORD 30th anniversary – For 30 years volunteers for ACORD have been providing services to adults and youth who have come into conflict withe the law. One of their volunteers has been with them for 25 years and spoke passionately about his motivation for making a difference with ACORD. I remember hosting community service placements through ACORD at an organization where I worked for many years.
First Annual Civic Leadership Prayer Breakfast of Guelph – About 400 people braved the rain, cold and wind to attend a breakfast at 6:30 am to give thanks to our civic leaders. MP Frank Valeriote, MPP Liz Sandals, Councillors Karl Wettstein, Christine Billings, June Hofland and Gloria Kovach along with representatives from Fire, Police and Emergency Medical Services were acknowledged for their service to the community. As I looked out over the crowd, I saw many other civic leaders from all walks of life. As Mayor, I am frequently invited into the many faith communities of Guelph and am always overwhelmed by their warmth, generosity and commitment to making a difference in the lives of all people.
Rotary District 7080 Conference – Our four Rotary Clubs hosted Rotarians from across Southwestern Ontario. I reflected on the collective impact that the Clubs and individuals in attendance have had on their communities. In Guelph, Rotarians have supported better health care, education and a more sustainable environment. Internationally, they continue their successful campaign to erradicate polio.
Autunno Trevisano – My husband and I joined the Italian community to celebrate the fall harvest and the splendid vegetable, the radicchio. Music, dance, food and fellowship filled the evening.
Youth Emergency Shelter – The City of Guelph’s Youth Emergency Shelter held an open house to showcase the facility to the community. Some facts since opening their doors include:
- 101 clients served
- 329 total stays
- 5 days is the average length of stay
- 42% of clients only stayed once
- 49% of clients had planned exits to independent living
- 18 clients transitioned to a long term residential program
- 70% of clients used the Youth Resource Centre
- 68% of clients participated in the Aftercare Program
Filipino Induction Ceremony – I joined about 200 members of the Filipino community to held induct their new Executive Committee.