Town News

New Committees Established by Council

April 8, 2015 Town News

The Council of the Town of Gananoque has adopted Terms of Reference for an Environmental Advisory Committee and an Accessibility Advisory Committee. The AOD Act requires that the majority (51%) of members on the Accessibility Advisory Committee must be from individuals who experience barriers (mobility, speech, etc.) with the remainder of the committee made up from interested residents without barriers; applicants for this committee will be reviewed based on those requirements. To submit your name as an applicant to serve as a volunteer on these committees please complete the attached form and submit back to . If applying for the Accessibility Advisory Committee please ensure that your affiliation with accessibility is clearly indicated. All applications should include relevant experience and or education. Applications may be submitted in confidence up to the DEADLINE: May 22, 2015 at 1:00 PM EST.

Partners for Life

March 18, 2015 Town News

Be Part of the Solution

Partners for Life is a nationwide program that is designed for corporate and community organizations. By joining the program, your organization makes a commitment to save lives by donating blood as a team. The need for blood is ongoing, and patients that are treated for such things as cancer, surgery and trauma depend on a stable supply of blood year round, which is why Partners for Life organizations have the power to save lives!

One person’s blood donation can save the life of a father. A sister. A child. Imagine how many lives can be touched if your entire organization made the commitment to give. Partners for Life gives teams within Canadian companies, government agencies, community groups, schools, service clubs, faith organizations and more the opportunity to show their commitment to saving lives by donating blood, platelets and plasma.

Youth Friendly Designated Community designation !

March 12, 2015 Town News

Congratulation's to Gananoque Intermediate & Secondary School(UCDSB) who have worked very hard to achieve the Bronze Youth Friendly Designated Community designation !

Specialist High Skills Major programs let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students receive the SHSM's seal on their diploma when they

  • complete a specific bundle of 8-10 courses in the student's selected field
  • earn valuable industry certifications including First Aid and CPR qualifications
  • Gain important skills on the job with employers.

A Youth Friendly community is one that actively supports and provides opportunities for the growth and development of youth (ages 13 to 19) through play. Play is any non-school activity that has elements of choice, leads to satisfaction, and encourages progressive learning and enjoyment. Activities can include, but are not limited to, recreation, sport, leisure, art, drama, dance, civic engagement, youth activism, volunteerism, social clubs and youth leadership.

How does the Specialist High Skills Major and the Youth Friendly Designation apply to Gananoque?

We had an opportunity to work with the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit on assessing our community through youth surveys, talking to community recreation and arts program coordinators and meeting with our municipal leaders. This is where we collected the data to meet the criteria of the Youth Friendly designation application.

How does Gananoque benefit as a Bronze Youth Friendly Designated Community?

  • Opportunity to acknowledge the great things our community is doing for youth
  • Help make our small community more attractive to families who may want to move here
  • Create a retention plan for youth who already live here – encourage them to return
  • Be a part of a quality standard