Launch of the CDN-NDG Borough Family Action Plan



    Families Are in the Spotlight for the Côte-des-Neiges Winter Celebration!

    MONTREAL, Feb. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Michael Applebaum, Mayor of the
Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (CDN-NDG) borough, and Marcel Tremblay,
Executive Committee member, Councillor for the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce district
and Councillor responsible for family matters in the Borough, presented the
first Family Action Plan in the history of the CDN-NDG borough, at the
Côte-des-Neiges Winter Celebration event in Kent Park. The Borough's Action
Plan is in line with the Montréal family policy, one of the municipal
administration's commitments in 2006.
    "Giving families a stimulating environment in which to grow is one of our
administration's basic objectives. With this action plan, we are clearly
showing that we are using all the means at our disposal to reach that goal,"
noted CDN-NDG Borough Mayor Michael Applebaum.
    The Action Plan, launched at a ceremony attended by borough councillors,
some two hundred families, representatives of several local organizations and
of the organizing committee for the winter celebration, lays out concrete
short- and medium-term commitments aimed at improving families' quality of
life. It lists about fifty measures, focusing on five themes: housing, living
environment, culture, sports, recreation, security, and traffic and
transportation. These measures will be put in place in the coming year and in
2009.
    The Plan includes such recommendations as improving access to home
ownership, integrating family activities into the program of events and
exhibitions at Maisons de la culture and libraries, adapting borough
facilities to meet families' needs, and making things safer for pedestrians in
school zones. A Family subcommittee will follow up on the Action Plan, set
priorities, develop monitoring tools and ensure co-ordination among the main
stakeholders affected by the different measures proposed.
    "I am proud of the results, since the aims, objectives, measures and
timetable in this Action Plan make families a central focus of our day-to-day
operations. Our goal is to improve our residents' quality of life and
encourage young families to move to and remain in our borough," added Marcel
Tremblay, Executive Committee member, Councillor for the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
district and Councillor responsible for family matters in the Borough.
    The Plan was inspired by the 700 ideas and recommendations generated at
the brainstorming sessions organized by the borough in October. Over
80 residents, families, parents, representatives of organizations, borough
employees and elected officials took part in four sessions on a common theme:
ideas for families, with the goal of finding ways to ensure that families
remain central to our actions in the borough.
    The borough's Family Action Plan will be officially adopted at the
Borough Council meeting on February 4, 2008, and will then be available for
consultation on the borough Website, at ville.montreal.qc.ca/cdn-ndg.

    Côte-des-Neiges Winter Celebration

    This was the first edition of Côte-des-Neiges Winter Celebration, an
event put on by a group of local community organizations. The event was
designed to introduce local residents to the joys of winter, with an afternoon
of sledding, skating and snowman contests, along with snacks, maple taffy on
snow and hot chocolate. It was held in Kent Park from 1 to 4 p.m.
    The Côte-des-Neiges Winter Celebration event is an initiative of the
following partners: the Table Jeunesse Côte-des-Neiges, community groups from
local schools, the CDN/Snowdon Community Council (Comité Nord-Est), the
Côte-des-Neiges/Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Community Economic Development
Corporation, Loisirs sportifs Côte-des-Neiges, Québec en forme, the Centre de
Services Préventifs à l'Enfance de Côte-des-Neiges and the Côte-des-Neiges
Community Centre.




For further information:

For further information: Josianne Wilson, Communications Co-ordinator,
(514) 868-3235; Source: CDN-NDG borough


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