Vernon’s vision requires input

Okanagan Regional Library’s Vernon branch will host a Visioning Greater Vernon program starting Saturday

The public can help develop the future of Greater Vernon.

Okanagan Regional Library’s Vernon branch will host a Visioning Greater Vernon program starting Saturday and running until November.

“Part of the role of public libraries is to harness knowledge and creativity, and to engage with the community with the goal of positive social change,” said Marla O’Brien, ORL public relations manager.

The topic Saturday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. will be transportation, while it will be the future of water June 20, community building Sept. 19, sustainable development Oct. 17 and food sustainability Nov. 21.

“Our community can be hugely inspired by the work being done by city and district staff, as well as community groups like Vernon in Transition and our areas many wonderful service providers,” said O’Brien.

The sessions will pull together panels made of up of diverse individuals, followed by community brainstorming. Also included is topically related library programming for children, the results of which will then be displayed at the Cities Fit for Children Conference in Vernon in November.

Child care will be provided during the programming so parents can participate in brainstorming sessions.

For the transportation session Saturday, the panel participants will be Wendy Majewski transportation demand management co-ordinator with the City of Vernon, Amanda Watson, the city’s transportation engineer, Pam Moore, with the Interior Health Authority’s Healthy Built Environment Team, Brad Clements, with the Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative, and Pat Black, with the Seniors Action Network.

For information, call 250-542-760 or visit www.orl.bc/branches/vernon.