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Vaudreuil-Dorion asks residents for feedback on family and senior issues


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Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon is calling on residents to complete an on-line survey on the city’s website so that it can update and finalize its family policy document.

The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion is calling on all citizens to complete an online survey on the city’s website to present their opinions and views on issues that affect the municipality’s families and seniors.

“As chair of the family policy steering committee, I invite all citizens the complete the online survey to let us know the issues regarding family and seniors in our community. Your contribution is essential to allow us to produce a policy that reflects the reality of Vaudreuil-Dorion residents,” said Councillor Diane Morin.

Ongoing process

Work on the development of the city’s family policy has been an ongoing process. A steering committee made up of elected officials and municipal employees, citizens, as well as health, education, and community professionals was established to gather and process the feedback that has been received so far.

For Mayor Guy Pilon, the aim is to have an official document that reflects its various family policies that have been adopted by council over the past several years and can be accessed by all citizens.

“We are doing a lot of things for young families, seniors, and the entire population,” Pilon told The Journal. “But we don’t have an official document that reflects this. We need this kind of document so that whoever may succeed us at council and for new administrators and employees will be able to use it for as a reference guide. It’s also meant for our citizens so they can be aware of our policies.”

New COVID-19 reality

The emergency of COVID-19 in mid-March has also caused the city to pause and reflect on how it would handle a similar situation if it occurs in the future. “Maybe there are things that should be added to our family policy,” said Pilon.

“For example, would we have to provide more services for people who live alone and don’t have any family? These are the types of situations we have to look into and we’ll see what our citizens have to say about it. We want to cover all aspects so that our citizens have a complete family policy,” he added.

The city is receiving support from the Carrefour Action municipale et famille (CAMF), a non-profit organization engaged in the promotion, implementation, support and monitoring of municipal family policies that receives financial support from the provincial government.

Citizen’s issues and concerns

In addition to the online survey, teams will meet people from different backgrounds to learn about their issues and concerns. “It’s important for us to have the big picture,” said Chloé Marcil, Head of the city’s Culture and Community Life division. “We will make sure to reach the entire population – including our young families, teenagers, seniors and newcomers.”

When completed, the Vaudreuil-Dorion family policy will guide the actions of the city in a spirit of consultation with organizations to promote the wellbeing of the population. The goal is to launch this new family policy during the Semaine québécoise des familles in 2021.

To complete the online family policy survey, visit the Vaudreuil-Dorion website at www.ville.vaudreuil-dorion.qc.ca/en/news/survey-for-the-development-of-family-policy.

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