It has been an interesting time to be a town councillor. During the COVID-19 response, Council is working on new challenges as they arise while continuing to provide essential services for residents.
When the Social Recovery Task Force was formed, I was quick to put my hand up along with the Mayor. It is wonderful to work with Cochrane FCSS staff and several important community groups such as Cochrane Activettes, Rotary Club, Helping Hands, Victim Services and Big Hill Haven on this important project. Together, we have the mandate from Council to collaborate with other levels of government to create opportunities to support and enhance the well being, safety and resilience of Cochrane residents. Our goals are to increase awareness of social issues, to identify priority areas to be worked on and to advocate for programs and opportunities that support the health and wellness of Cochrane residents.
Our first priority is to understand how COVID-19 has impacted residents. We have developed a survey to help us determine where help is needed most. You will find the survey online at LetsTalkCochrane.ca or you can fill out a paper copy you will find in this newspaper and drop it off at Cochrane FCSS or mail it to the Town of Cochrane.
Please take the time to complete the survey. Your feedback will help us determine where to use local resources, provide evidence to access grants for the community and ensure we are on the right track for meeting the needs of the residents. Thank you in advance for sharing with us!
After we consider the information gathered, we will ask local service agencies how they are coping, what their needs are and how we can help. Hang in there everyone! We live in the best community and we will get through this difficult time!
I am so proud of how Cochrane is keeping COVID-19 away from our community. Well done Cochrane!
Susan Flowers is a Town of Cochrane Councillor and a member of the COVID-19 Social Recovery Task Force.