New leadership for Safe Communities Wellington

A new community group, Safe Communities Wellington, was formed and formally recognized by Wellington County Council at the June 28 meeting.

A Leadership Table for Safe Communities Wellington, under the direction of co-chairs Gary Williamson, County councillor and Staff Sergeant Jack Hunjan, Wellington OPP, has met to develop a strategic action plan to move this initiative forward.

“Wellington County is committed to keeping our communities safe, and the new Safe Communities Leadership Table is a perfect example of this,” said Wellington County Warden Chris White.

The new group is made up of individuals throughout Wellington County, including; municipal representatives, emergency services, health and school boards, hospitals, private businesses and social services.

Under the guidance of Safe Communities Canada, the committee will, “strive to make the County of Wellington the safest and healthiest place in which to live, learn, work and play in Canada.”

The county is a safe community in which to live work and play, but unwanted injuries do occur.

The Leadership Table will be looking at trends over the past few years, taking stock of all the existing programs in place in the county and determining gaps where further mitigation programs may be of benefit.

The committee will be asking the public to participate in a small survey to determine the areas of greatest safety concern to the residents of Wellington County.

More information on the survey will be available on the Wellington County website after July 3.

For more information on the initiative, visit www.safecommunities.ca, or contact Linda Dickson, community emergency management coordinator at 519-846-8058 or