Executive Director’s Report
The year I am reporting on was not only a year of tremendous
work, it was also a year of change, learning and exploring.
Because it was my first year as the Executive Director there
was a learning curve for me and requests for our expertise
needed to be put in perspective and priorities set. Although
it appears the credit is mine, since I am writing this report
to the council’s stakeholders, the truth is that it
has been a combined effort of staff and volunteers.
There was willingness on the part of staff , Yvonne Burton,
Administration & Communication Coordinator, Margaret McCutcheon,
Research & Policy Analyst, Trish Hughes-Wieczorek, Research
and Planning Assistant and John Bennett, Planning Assistant
in Community Development to “walk that extra mile”
in order to produce quality work.
It is important to mention the commitment of the members
from the board of directors to make the Social Planning Council
an inclusive and equitable agency. They not only “talk
the talk, they walk the walk.” Since they hired
me as Executive Director, a person who operates in a second
language, the volunteers of the board proved they were more
than willing to support their staff above and
beyond the call of duty. I am honoured to say that the Social
Planning Council is doing its part to break the “glass
ceiling” by opening spaces for people of colour and
immigrants like myself.
What did we do in 2004 – 2005?
One of the most difficult things to explain is the role of
Social Planning Councils; the reason is that under the umbrella
of Social Planning is the life of a community as whole. In
Peterborough the council has a very complicated mandate expressed
in a very simple phrase: “…Social Justice
is in everyone’s interest.”
To fulfill this mandate the Peter-
borough Social Planning Council
has developed 5 basic strategies:
SOCIAL POLICY ANALYSIS
main publication The Peterborough Profile was released this
year. This enormous piece of research is one of the most comprehensive
documents that influence, if not all, most of the decisions
concerning citizens in Peterborough City and County. Planning
cannot be done if the information is not available and that
is precisely the role, of the Peterborough Profile. Local
governments, social service organizations, and planning departments
all rely on the Peterborough Profile for the accurate information
about the community we live in.
We are still leading The Community Social Data Consortium
(CSDS) which consists of a group of social service agencies
and local government services that share data and information
to implement planning.
As a partner in the Peaceful Communities we contributed in
the development of the second round of funding from National
Crime Prevention. The YWCA has taken on the administrative
support of the project. We are still and will continue to
be part of the steering committee.
In partnership with the Workforce Development Board this
year we engaged in two research projects (1) Service Needs
of Seniors in the City of Kawartha Lakes and (2) Community
Consultation with Consumers of Services for Persons with Disabilities
in Peterborough. The outcomes of the disability project will
be ready in July 2005.