In advance of this year’s Community Health and Wellbeing Week (CHWW) which will take place from October 22nd to October 28th, 2018, Seaway Valley Community Health Centre (SVCHC), Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie (CSCE) and St-Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre (SJCCC) held a mayoral debate on Wednesday October 3rd 2018 at St-Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre for Cornwall’s upcoming municipal election. The debate, attended by all four mayoral candidates, focused on health, wellness and community vitality. Moderated by Hugo Rodrigues in both official languages, approximately 60 community members attended the debate which was also broadcasted live on Facebook.
All mayoral candidates recognized the importance of a debate which focused on the health and wellness of the community. Some of the topics addressed included access to affordable housing, building partnerships, priorities for older adults and community vitality. Questions and comments from the community members focused on how to support individuals with lower incomes, housing concerns, pedestrian infrastructure, balancing fiscal responsibilities and concerns about feral cats.
“It is important to hear from our candidates on their priorities for the health and wellness of our community”, stated Seaway Valley Community Health Centre’s Executive Director Debbie St.John-de Wit . “Democratic engagement is identified as a key indicator of wellbeing. We want all of our community members to exercise their rights as citizens, inform themselves on the priorities of the candidates and cast their vote on October 22nd”. This debate provides an opportunity to better understand the views of the four candidates.
It is also noteworthy that the municipal debate was well attended by many councillor candidates who were available for discussion after the debate and provided some information on their platforms.
For more information on candidates and voting in Cornwall, visit https://elections.cornwall.ca.
The debate aligned itself well with this year’s topic of the Community Health and Wellbeing Week – Building Healthier Communities Together. A week of special events held between October 22nd and October 28th, 2018 is being coordinated by the Alliance for Healthier Communities, of which CSCE and SVCHC are a member. The Alliance represents a vibrant network of Ontario’s Community Health Centres, Aboriginal Health Access Centres, Community Family Health Teams and Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics serving diverse communities across the province. Alliance members share commitment to advancing health equity and work together to confront social, economic or environmental barriers that create disadvantages which put many people at risk of poor health.