MV residents help shape the township’s future

BARRY’S BAY – Business owners, volunteers and residents of Madawaska Valley came together to brainstorm a list of priorities for the township’s future.

On November 21, a crowd gathered at the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre for a strategic planning session.

It was led by MDB Insight, a consulting firm who worked on the township’s last five-year strategic plan. Executive Vice-President of MDB Insight Paul Blais emceed the night, with Consultant Evelyn Paul taking notes during the session.

But first, Mayor Kim Love thanked everyone for attending.

“Strategic plans play a vital role in the life of a municipality,” she said. “They set a vision for the community and define the community’s goal and aspirations. They also help the municipality to evolve to continue to deliver the services that are important to the community.”

Earlier that day, council and municipal staff spent the afternoon examining the strategic priorities identified in the 2015-2019 strategic plan, called The Path Forward.

“We discussed the changing municipal and provincial environment relationships with the public, other municipalities and group and how those relationships can be enhanced,” Mayor Love explained. “We reviewed the strategies for efficient and effective township services and open government. We also discussed the strategies for a progressive and growing economy, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

We identified what has been achieved over the past five years, what remains outstanding and what needs to be prioritized.”

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