Lake Country gains grant

Health Planning Society is receiving a $4,000 provincial grant for a community needs assessment

Planning for a healthy community is getting a boost in Lake Country.

The Lake Country Health Planning Society is receiving a $4,000 provincial grant for a community needs assessment.

“Our plan is to organize focus groups to assess the health and social needs of Lake Country citizens in addition to hosting an on-line survey,” said Shannon Paul-Jost, society president.

“The information will help us put together a list of current resources available to residents and then enable us to focus on areas of shortcomings by bringing these to the attention of our elected officials.”

The District of Lake Country’s community and customer services department will be the lead department from the municipal side and the access and age-friendly committee will be asked to provide input about accessibility issues.

Interior Health will act in an advisory capacity along with the Lake Country Seniors Society, Lake Country Boys and Girls Club, Lake Country Chamber of Commerce and George Elliot Secondary School Parent Advisory Council.

“Having a focused opportunity to work with the public, private and non-profit services in our community will identify commonalities between groups,” said Paul-Jost.

“We are keen to know how each group can use their strengths to support each other to meet the health needs in the community.”

The information gathered from the community needs assessment will assist the district with the Transportation for Tomorrow plan, the official community plan, the integrated community sustainability plan and the parks and recreation master plan.