Mayor and Council

The Town of New Tecumseth is represented by 10 Members of Council who have been elected to represent the residents of the Town. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected by the Whole Town while eight Councillors are elected per ward. Council receives support and guidance through recommendations by their Committees and Task Forces.

Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings

You may visit our Council Meeting Calendar to determine when the next Council and/or Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled. The Calendar is set at the beginning of each year with additional meetings scheduled throughout year. We post the meeting agendas after 12:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before each meeting. Council and Committee of the Whole Minutes and Report are posted on the website after Council has adopted them at their next meeting.

The proceedings of Council and the Committee of the Whole Meetings are being audio/or video recorded and made available through the Town's website and/or other public media streaming services and in accordance with  Audio/Video Recording Policy.

Council Chambers

Council meetings take place in our Council Chambers, which is located at the Town Administration Office, 10 Wellington Street East, Alliston. Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. every second Monday. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Speaking before Council

Learn how you can apply to speak before Council about a topic or an issue in the community.

Petitions to Council

Learn how to submit a petition to Council about a topic or an issue in the community.

Council Code of Conduct and Complaint Procedure

We are committed to ensuring that any complaint filed regarding Council's Code of Conduct is dealt with in a fair, just and timely manner. View the Code of Conduct for Members of Council that details the principles that embody our high standards of conduct for elected officials.

Please review the Complaint Protocol prior to filing a complaint with the Integrity Commissioner. 

You may use the Code of Conduct Complaint Form to request the Integrity Commissioner to review complaint regarding an action that violates Council's Code of Conduct.  The complaint may be filed with the Clerk  by a sealed hard copy or with the Integrity Commissioner by a sealed hard copy or by e-mail.

Contact Information:

a)  The Clerk:

Town of New Tecumseth
10 Wellington Street East
Alliston, ON L9R 1A1

b)  The Investigator

Code of Conduct Complaints and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act Applications:
Meghan Cowan
c/o Aird & Berlis LLP
phone: 416-865-4722
email: mcowan@airdberlis.com

Closed Meeting Investigation Requests:
John Mascarin
c/o Aird & Berlis LLP
phone: 416-865-7721
e-mail: jmascarin@airdberlis.com


Written statements of disclosures of pecuniary  interests can  be found in the Pecuniary Interest Registry 

Written statements of disclosure statements for gifts or benefits can be found in the Disclosure Statement of Gifts and Benefits Registry.

Closed Meetings

View the Town's Procedure By-law  to learn more about why the Town holds meetings that are closed to the public.

View our Closed Meeting Investigation Policy and Procedure to learn more about why the Town holds meetings that are closed to the public. 

You may use the Closed Meeting Investigation Request Form to request an investigation as to whether the municipality, local board or committee complied with the closed meeting rules established.

Resolutions from other municipalities

The Town of New Tecumseth receives resolutions from other municipalities for information and/or support. 

Proclamations 

On behalf of Council, the Mayor can issue a proclamation to recognize the value and importance to the community of an event, a campaign, or an organization for a certain day, week or month. To request a proclamation, please send an email. 

 

2024
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United Pride Month

Whereas; the Town of New Tecumseth cherishes the value and dignity of each person and appreciates the importance of equality and freedom. Welcoming all to live, work, play, and every family, in any shape, deserves a place to call home where they are safe, happy, and supported by friends and neighbors; and
Whereas; the Town denounces prejudice and unfair discrimination based on age, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical attributes as an affront to our fundamental principles; and
Whereas; the Town appreciates the cultural, civic, and economic contributions of lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, plus (LGBTQ2+) as well as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) community which strengthen our social welfare; and
Whereas; it is imperative that young people in our community, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression, feel valued, safe, empowered, and supported by their peers and community leaders; and
Therefore, be it resolved; that the month of June 2024 be designated as United Pride in the Town of New Tecumseth and urge residents to recognize the contributions made by members of the LGBTQ2+ and BIPOC community and to actively promote the principles of equality, liberty, and justice.

 

 

Bike Month

 

Whereas; the Town of New Tecumseth actively promotes cycling as an essential part of our integrated transportation network and an enjoyable way for people to stay healthy, feel connected to their communities, support local business, and get where they need to go.

Whereas; the Town continues to invest in bikeways and the cycling community to help get Toronto moving, reduce our impact on the environment, and make it safer for all people who use our streets.

Whereas; Bike Month is an opportunity for people to try riding a bike for the first time, learn new skills, or simply have fun and connect with new people. It’s taking the time to rekindle the youthful magic of exploring your neighbourhood by bike or share that joy with the next generation of bike riders. Bike Month is a celebration of cycling.

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 2024, be designated as Bike Month in New Tecumseth, a celebration of cycling in the town and encourages people to get outside and ride.

 

Amyotrophic Lateral Scerosis (ALS) Month

 

Whereas; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS, is a progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control; and

Whereas; The disease is often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the baseball player Lou Gehrig who died of the disease two years after being diagnosed.

Whereas; ALS is inherited in five to 10 per cent of people who are diagnosed with the disease. Early symptoms include muscle twitching and weakness in a limb, or slurred speech. Over time Lou Gehrig’s disease affects control of the muscles needed to move, speak, eat and breathe. Research, advocacy, access to services and resources can have a meaningful impact on people living with the disease.; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 2024, be designated as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month in the Town of New Tecumseth. Supporting organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

 

Filipino Heritage Month

 

Whereas; Filipino Heritage Month acknowledges the long and rich history of the Filipino community in our city and across Canada; and

Whereas; The Filipino community makes up almost 1% of the population in New Tecumseth and their culture and tradition are deeply rooted and reflected in the town; and

Whereas; Filipino Canadians have made significant contributions to New Tecumseth’s socio-economic, political and cultural fabric; and

Whereas; Filipino Heritage Month, which coincides with the Philippines Independence Day on June 12, a day that celebrates democracy, freedom and culture. It is an opportunity to reflect on and learn more about the contributions the Filipino community have made in our town and in the world.

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 2024, be designated as Filipino Heritage Month in the Town of New Tecumseth. 

 

Italian Heritage Month

 

Whereas; this month, we take the opportunity to acknowledge the history and culture of the Italian community in Toronto and across the country; and

Whereas; The Italian community makes up over 10% of the population in New Tecumseth and their culture and tradition are deeply rooted and reflected in the town; and

Whereas; Italian Canadians have made significant contributions to New Tecumseth’s socio-economic, political and cultural fabric; and

Whereas; During Italian Heritage Month, we also recognize and celebrate June 2 as Italy’s Republic Day

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 2024, be designated as Italian Heritage Month in the Town of New Tecumseth and I encourage everyone to learn more about how the Italian community continues to contribute to our cultural fabric through food, music, and art.

 

National DeafBlind Awareness Month

 

Whereas; during this month, we raise awareness of deafblindness, a sight and hearing impairment that affect’s people’s communication, their ability to access information and their mobility; and

Whereas; Those living with deafblindness can access a number of services to assist in their daily lives. Intervenors who provide sensory information for those living with deafblindness along with dedicated support workers can provide the links needed in helping them live safely and independently; and

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth is committed to continuing our efforts in becoming an accessible city for everyone by working to identify, prevent and remove barriers to accessibility; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 2024, be designated as National DeafBlind Awareness Month in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

National Indigenous History Month

 

Whereas; Every June, Canadians are invited to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous People in Canada; and

Whereas; National Indigenous History Month is a time to acknowledge the role Indigenous peoples played in the development of Canada, to honour Indigenous heritage and to celebrate Indigenous cultures; and It is also an opportunity to reflect on the strength of present day First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities, and their hopes for the future; and

Whereas; Indigenous History Month provide residents of the Town of New Tecumseth an opportunity to learn about Indigenous history, perspectives and culture, and help us build stronger relationships rooted in mutual respect and understanding; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 2024 be designated National Indigenous History Month in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

Recreation and Parks Month

 

Whereas; in New Tecumseth, we are fortunate to have a variety of recreation and parks systems providing countless recreational opportunities for residents and visitors from around the world; and

Whereas; recreation enhances quality of life, balanced living and lifelong learning; helps people live happier and longer; develops skills and positive self image in children and youth; develops creativity; and builds healthy bodies and positive lifestyles; and

Whereas; recreational participation builds family unity and social capital; strengthens volunteer and community development; enhances social interaction; creates community pride and vitality; and promotes sensitivity and understanding to cultural diversity; and

Whereas; parks, open space and trails provide active and passive outdoor recreation opportunities, help maintain clean air and water; and promotes stewardship of the natural environment; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that the month of June 2024 be designated as Recreation and Parks Month in recognition of the benefits and values of Recreation and Parks.

 

Portugese Heritage Month

 

Whereas; Portuguese Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the richness of the Portuguese culture and offers an opportunity to learn more about our Portuguese community, while helping preserve it for future generations; and

Whereas; The Portuguese community makes up almost 3% of the population in New Tecumseth and their culture and tradition are deeply rooted and reflected in the town; and

Whereas; During Portuguese Heritage Month we celebrate the Portuguese Republic’s National Day on June 10. On this day and throughout the month, we can learn more about the many outstanding contributions Portuguese Canadians have made to our city and around the world; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 2024, be designated as Portuguese Heritage Month in the Town of New Tecumseth and we recognize and honour the long history of the Portuguese community in our town and across Canada.

 

Seniors' Month

 

Whereas; Seniors’ Month is an annual province-wide celebration; and

Whereas; seniors have contributed and continue to contribute immensely to the life and vibrancy of this community; and

Whereas; seniors continue to serve as leaders, mentors, volunteers and important and active members of this community and their contributions past and present warrant appreciation and recognition and their stories deserve to be told; and

Whereas; the health and well-being of seniors is in the interest of all and further adds to the health and well-being of the community and the knowledge and experience seniors pass on to us continues to benefit all; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that the month of June 2024 be designated as Seniors’ Month in the Town of New Tecumseth and encourage all citizens to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our seniors

 

Intergenerational Day

 

Whereas; Intergenerational Day celebrates the power of intentional and respectful connections between older adults, children and youth and raises awareness around the significant role that positive connections between generations can make; and

Whereas; Respectful intergenerational relationships provide a way for people to obtain an understanding of aging. Friendships between older and younger people help promote self-esteem and feelings of well-being that make communities stronger; and

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth supports healthy communities across the town by partnering with and investing in people, services, programs and facilities to strengthen social, economic and physical conditions that impact town-wide change; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 1, 2024, be designated as Intergenerational Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

National Health and Fitness Day

 

Whereas; National Health and Fitness Day is a day to encourage everyone to get out and get active; and

Whereas; Physical activity is a great way to help lead healthier lives and promotes both physical and mental health; and

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth provides programs and services motivating residents to engage in physical activity. Remaining active and keeping healthy helps improve the overall health of our communities and makes our town more vibrant and resilient; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 3, 2024, be designated as National Health and Fitness Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

Canadian Armed Forces Day

 

Whereas; our dedicated and courageous Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) keep our country and its citizens safe every day; and

Whereas; Our Armed Forces made up of the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy, and Royal Canadian Air Force, can be counted on to serve their country with pride, compassion and dedication while ensuring Canadians receive the assistance they require. There are approximately 2,000 CAF personnel who are deployed in more than 20 different military operations at home and abroad; and

Whereas; We recognize and honour all current and former Canadian Armed Forces personnel for their military service and thank them and their families for their sacrifices as they bravely serve our country; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 4, 2024, be designated Canadian Armed Forces Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

World Environment Day

 

Whereas; World Environment Day is a global day of action to raise awareness around the environmental issues impacting our world; and

Whereas; Since 1974, World Environment Day has been a call to action to protect our environment by engaging with the government, businesses and citizens to focus efforts on pressing environmental issues; and

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth is committed to being a leader in conservation and protection of the environment and has taken action with a number of initiatives to promote energy efficiency and clean mobility, continuing to grow and enhance green spaces, addressing climate change, supporting energy-efficient housing and reducing carbon emissions; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 5, 2024, be designated World Environment Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

World Blood Donor Day

 

Whereas; World Blood Donor Day recognizes the lifesaving gift given by those who give blood to help save lives and improve the health of others; and

Whereas; the World Blood Donor Day slogan is "Give blood and keep the World beating". Highlighting the essential contribution that blood donors make to keep the world pulsating. That is by saving lives and improving other's health; and

Whereas; Reinforces the global call for more people to donate blood regularly and to contribute to better global health; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 14, 2024, be designated World Blood Donor Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

 

Whereas; the Town of New Tecumseth's seniors are valued, contributing members of society, imparting a wealth of experience and wisdom in our communities. They deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. It is our collective responsibility to ensure they live safely and fully engaged within the community that cares about them; and

Whereas; Elder abuse is not limited to race, gender, culture, or circumstance, and regardless of whether the abuse is physical, emotional, or financial, it has a significant impact on the lives of individuals and families; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 15, 2024, be proclaimed as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in the Town of New Tecumseth and we encourage all of our residents to recognize and celebrate seniors and their ongoing contributions to the success and vitality of our province, Ontario.

 

Grad Week

 

Whereas; this week we celebrate the graduates from elementary school, high school, colleges and universities and all those graduating in 2023; and

Whereas; Congratulations graduates, you did it. We commend your teachers, parents and loved ones who have supported you each step of the way and the work you have done to get to this point; and

Whereas; As you close one chapter of your development and move to the next, we wish you a successful and bright future. You deserve to celebrate this momentous occasion and the resiliency you have demonstrated over the last year; and

Therefore, be it resolved that June 17-21, 2024, be designated Grad Week in the Town of New Tecumseth. Congratulations to our graduates!

 

St. John Ambulance Week

Whereas; 2023 represents the 82nd anniversary of the establishment of the Barrie Simcoe Muskoka Branch of St. John Ambulance; and

Whereas; the Barrie Simcoe Muskoka Branch has been serving the community for over 80 years and fulfilling the mission to enable Canadians to improve their health, safety and quality of life by providing training and community service; and

Whereas; St. John Ambulance mission is to enables everyone to improve their health safety, and quality of life through training, education, resources, and service to the community; and

Whereas;St. John Ambulance volunteers carry out their mission through community service, and first aid, and CPR training. Making them an integral part of our community, offering unique and innovative programs.

 

Therefore, be it resolved; that the month of June 17-21, 2024, be designated as St. John Ambulance Week in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

The Longest Day of SMILES

 

Whereas; Operation Smile Canada announces June 18, 2024 as the Longest Day of SMILES to celebrate the joy of providing smiles to children born with cleft conditions in low- and middle- income countries; and

Whereas; Operation Smile is a global medical charity helping to improve the health and lives of children in more than 60 countries, provided more than 300,000 children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial differences with free, life-changing surgical procedures and dental care; and

Whereas; The Longest Day of SMILES will bring together Canadians from across the nation to raise funds, awareness, and share smiles, with each other and with children born with cleft conditions. Now, more than ever, we all need a reason to smile; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 18, 2024, be designated as “The Longest Day of SMILES” Day in the Town of New Tecumseth. A day which recognizes the importance of a smile and the power of sharing smiles with children in low- and middle- income countries.'

 

World Refugee Day

 

Whereas; we recognize the hardships and struggles faced by refugees who are forced to flee their home country to escape persecution, war, or violence, and we thank them for the many contributions they have made to our town; and

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth recognizes the need to support refugees as they settle and integrate in our town through the provision of vital programs and support to help with their transition; and

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth is committed to promoting fundamental rights for all Toronto residents regardless of their immigration status, and enhancing the quality of life for refugees and those at risk of experiencing discrimination or violence; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 20, 2024, be designated World Refugee Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

National Indigenous People's Day

 

Whereas; this day was first proclaimed in 1996 to celebrate the unique heritage, diversity and valued contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.; and

Whereas; During this year’s recognition, we pause to remember all Indigenous children who didn’t return home and their families who lost their loved ones, and the survivors of the residential and day schools.; and

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth strives to strengthen the Town’s relationship with Indigenous communities and advance reconciliation. The Town is committed to working with all Indigenous peoples in a meaningful way to help address their unique needs and work with the community to find solutions.; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 21, 2024, be designated National Indigenous People’s Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

 

Whereas; this year marks the 38th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack in Canadian history, when all 329 people on board Air India Flight 182 including 280 Canadians, were tragically killed when it was bombed on June 23, 1985; and

 

Whereas; Today, on National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism, we remember the victims of Flight 182 and all victims of terrorism, who lost their lives as a result of these acts of violence. We also remember the family and friends whose lives are forever changed by losing loved ones to terrorist acts; and

 

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth strongly condemns all acts of terrorism as we work hard to continue to promote equity, human rights and safety for all residents. The Town is committed to working with others to make the world a safer and better place for everyone, while recognizing that work still needs to be done to achieve peace; and

 

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 23, 2024, be designated National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism in the Town of New Tecumseth.

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Asian Heritage Month

 

Whereas; Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the history of Canadians of Asian descent.

Whereas; It is an opportunity to acknowledge and reflect on the rich history, culture and heritage of Canadians of Asian origin and to learn about the many contributions made by the community.

Whereas; Asian immigrants who make up over 6% of the population in New Tecumseth and have come from East Asia, Southern Asia, Western and Southeast Asia, and have all brought a rich cultural history of ethnicities, languages and traditions to our town.

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth acknowledges their valued contributions that have helped shape New Tecumseth culturally, socially, economically and politically.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 2024 be designated as Asian Heritage Month in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

Building Safety Month

 

Whereas; Building Safety Month promotes the vital role of building officials, designers, and the construction industry who work to ensure our town’s buildings are built to be safe, healthy, accessible and sustainable.

Whereas; Building Safety Month reminds and encourages New Tecumseth residents to learn about the Ontario Building Code, the importance of obtaining building permits, and the efforts of the Town of New Tecumseth’s building officials.

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth enforces the Building Code by examining building plans, issuing permits, and by performing inspections during various stages of construction. This month provides an opportunity to raise awareness about building safety and the important role that building officials play in our community.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 2024 be designated as Building Safety Month in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

MS Awareness Month

 

Whereas; Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling neurological disease affecting an estimated 1 in 400 Canadians and approximately 90,000 across the country; and 

Whereas;  Multiple sclerosis symptoms vary widely and may lead to problems with numbness, coordination, vision and speech, as well as extreme fatigue and even paralysis; and 

Whereas;  There is no known cause of, prevention of, or cure for multiple sclerosis; and 

Whereas;  The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is the only national organization in Canada that supports both MS research and services for people with MS and their families; and

Whereas; Since 1948, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada has contributed $200 million towards MS research; and is grateful for the dedication and commitment of its supporters and volunteers that has made this possible; and 

Whereas; Together we will find ways to connect and empower the MS community to create positive change and see a world free of multiple sclerosis

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 2024 be designated as MS Awareness Month in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

South Asian Heritage Month

 

Whereas; South Asian Heritage Month is a time to learn about and celebrate the history of Canadians of South Asian descent.

Whereas; This month provides an opportunity for all residents to reflect on the rich history, culture and heritage of Canadians of South Asian origin and to learn about the many contributions made by the community in our town.

Whereas; Asian immigrants who make up almost 2% of the population in New Tecumseth, who all bring a vibrancy through a rich heritage of diverse ethnicities, languages and traditions.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 2024 be designated as South Asian Heritage Month in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

Museum Month

 

Whereas; museums and heritage sites are all important cultural institutions that highlight our shared identity and provide opportunities to learn about the unique history of our town.

Whereas; The Museum on the Boyne located in Alliston, has a large collection of household, agricultural, industrial and archival artifacts. Our exhibits trace the growth of South Simcoe from early settlement to present day and show the richness of our local history. 

Whereas; It is important to recognize all the ways that museums and other cultural institutions help shape how we come to understand ourselves.

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth acknowledges its rich past and supports the preservation of the town’s history. The town’s heritage continues to remind us of how New Tecumseth has evolved into a diverse community. Remembering our past helps to shape our future.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 2024 be designated as Museum Month in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

 

 

First Responders Day

 

Whereas; first responders are frontline heroes who protect our city and its residents every day.

Whereas; Police, Paramedic and Fire services provide life-saving service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Their actions make a life and death difference for people seeking emergency assistance.

Whereas; First Responders Day provides us with a chance to recognize the hard work and dedication of our first responders, Their commitment to our residents and our city has helped us navigate these unprecedented times and ensure that people feel safe.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 1, 2024, be designated as First Responders Day in the Town of New Tecumseth and we salute these dedicated individuals and thank them for all that they do to keep our communities and our residents safe.

 

Youth Week

 

Whereas; Youth in New Tecumseth accounts for almost 35% of our population and who are vital part of this city’s social, cultural and economic fabric. The contributions of our diverse young people help make our town the vibrant, world-class town that it is.

Whereas; Youth Week promotes opportunities to help youth achieve mental and physical well-being, develop essential skills, and participate meaningfully in their communities.

Whereas; The Town is committed to understanding the issues that matter most to youth by involving them in city building conversations. It is dedicated to providing recreation, employment, engagement housing and health supports to assist young people to thrive socially, physically and economically

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 1-7, 2024, be designated as Youth Week in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

World Maternal Mental Health Day

 

Whereas; as many as 1 in 5 new mothers experiences some type of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMADs), often with tragic and long-term consequences to both mother and child; and

Whereas; this day recognized that women of every culture, age, income level and race can develop perinatal mood and anxiety disorders with symptoms appearing any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth; and

Whereas; Increasing awareness will drive social change with a goal toward improving the quality of care for women experiencing all types of PMADs, and reducing the stigma of maternal mental illness; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 3, 2024, be designated World Maternal Mental Health Day, to encourage all to ask new moms how they are really feeling and encourage them to seek help if needed.

 

Children's Mental Health Week

 

Whereas;  Because Mental Health Can’t Wait, raising awareness about the importance of accessing support for mental wellness is crucial for children, youth, their families and caregivers.

Whereas; Ensuring that families know about the availability of free, accessible and inclusive child and youth mental health services and how to access the to help create healthy, thriving and connected communities that support personal growth and wellbeing. 

Whereas; Providing early intervention and treatment for child and youth mental health is essential. All children, youth and their families in need of mental health supports must have access to services when and where they need them.

Whereas; The colour green is used to celebrate child and youth mental health as it represents hope, grown, and transformation.

Therefore; be it resolved; that May 6-12, 2024, be designated as Children's Mental Health Week in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

Emergency Preparedness Week

 

Whereas; Emergency Preparedness Week is an annual event that encourages everyone to be prepared so they can cope with emergencies.

Whereas; it is understanding that emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility. Everyone can reduce the potential risks they face by understanding what emergency risks are, learning about how to prepare for them and making plans to help themselves, their families and their communities.

Whereas; The week is also an opportunity to showcase the programs, training and equipment that have been put in place to enhance the safety and security of Canadians in their physical and cyber environment. Emergency Preparedness Week is celebrated annually in every part of Canada by all levels of government.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 7-13, 2024, be designated as Emergency Preparedness Week in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

Mental Health Week

 

Whereas; this year marks the 72nd anniversary of Mental Health Week, which seeks to raise awareness about the importance of good mental health.

Whereas; Every year, one in five Canadians experience mental health challenges or illness. The pandemic has heightened mental health challenges and has taken a toll on our mental health and well-being. Forty percent of Canadians have said that their mental health has deteriorated since the onset of the pandemic.

Whereas; The theme of this year’s Mental Health Week is centered on the healing power of compassion. In a world plagued by suffering, we empathize that kindness is equally intrinsic to our humanity. Learn how compassion connects us all. #CompassionConnects

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth is committed to continuous improvement in workplace mental health and well-being. Organizations, workplaces and individuals are encouraged to raise awareness about mental health issues affecting Canadians.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 6-12, 2024, be designated as Mental Health Week in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

International Firefighters' Day

 

Whereas; Firefighters dedicate their lives to the protection of life and property. Sometimes that dedication is in the form of countless hours volunteered over many years, in others it is many selfless years working in the industry. In all cases it risks the ultimate sacrifice of a firefighter’s life.

Whereas; International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is a time where the world’s community can recognize and honour the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible. It is also a day in which current and past firefighters can be thanked for their contributions.

Whereas; The IFFD ribbons are linked to colours symbolic of the main elements firefighters work with – red for fire and blue for water. These colours also are internationally recognized as representing emergency service.

Therefore, be it resolved, that May 4, 2024, be designated as International Firefighters' Day in the Town of New Tecumseth and an opportunity to thank the men and women of the New Tecumseth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services.

 

Privacy Awareness Week

 

Whereas; Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) is an initiative started by APPA back in 2006. Since then, it has been held every year to promote and raise awareness for numerous privacy issues and the importance of protecting personal information.

Whereas; As a part of PAW, members hold a variety of different events and undertake various activities for individuals, businesses and government organizations. The theme of PAW 2022 is 'Privacy: The foundation of trust'.

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth is committed to protecting the privacy of individuals, and will ensure that privacy protection continues to play a key role in an open, accessible and transparent government.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 6-11, 2024 be designated as Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

 

Occupational Health and Safety Week

 

Whereas; Occupational Health and Safety Week was first launched in 1997 to raise awareness and recognize the need for workplaces to be healthy and safe in order to protect employees, their families and their communities.

Whereas; By understanding the importance of occupational health and safety, employers, employees, partners and the public can play essential roles in fostering a safety-minded culture.

Whereas; The Town provides programs and services to meet the public health and safety needs of the town, communities and families. Prevention, education and communication are vital to creating healthy and safe communities, workplaces, hospitals, schools and homes.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 6-11, 2024, be designated as Occupational Health and Safety Week in the Town of New Tecumseth and we pay tribute to the work done by Town staff and those in the community who work to keep New Tecumseth health and safe.

 

Hospice and Palliative Care Awareness Week

 

Whereas; May 5-14, 2024 has been designated National Hospice Palliative Care Awareness Week and is supported by Matthews House Hospice; and,

Whereas; This week’s focus is about living your life – and living it well – right to the end. People are encouraged to learn more about Hospice Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning; and,

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth recognizes the importance of awareness and education about the network of palliative care service within the community.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 5-14, 2024, be designated Hospice Palliative Care Week because as a community our goal is for all to receive quality hospice palliative.

 

V-E Day

 

Whereas; on May 8 we mark V-E Day to recognize the end of World War II in Europe in 1945, ushering in what would come to be known as Victory in Europe (V-E) Day.

Whereas; Canada made a substantial military contribution to the war effort with the world’s third-largest navy, fourth-largest air force, and an army with six divisions. Canada also mobilized on the home front to support the war effort. Canada paid a tremendous price for its participation in the war.

Whereas; Seventy-eight years later, we continue to commemorate the legacy of V-E Day, which honours the ultimate sacrifice of those Canadians whose lives were lost at sea, on land or in the air, fighting for our freedom. We salute the resilience of a generation and look to their example as we fight a global pandemic.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 8, 2024, be designated as V-E Day in the Town of New Tecumseth and we acknowledge the bravery and courage of all Canadians who fought for the peace and freedom we enjoy today.

 

National Nurses Week

 

Whereas; Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services. These are the people who devote their lives to caring for mothers and children; giving lifesaving immunizations and health advice; looking after older people and generally meeting everyday essential health needs. They are often, the first and only point of care in their communities. The world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030; and

Whereas; The theme for 2023, Changing Lives, Shaping Tomorrow, recognizing the tremendous impact that nurses have on individuals, communities, and the future of health care. We hope you embrace it as you show your support for Canada's nurses; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 6-12, 2024, be designated National Nursing Week to showcase how nurses are central to addressing a wide range of health challenges.

 

Falun Dafa Day

  

Whereas; Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) is an advanced exercise and spiritual practice for mind and body that honours the universal values of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance; and

Whereas; Falun Dafa has benefited both physically and spiritually tens of millions of people from diverse cultural backgrounds in over 100 countries, including Canada, since its public introduction in China in May 1992; and

Whereas; Falun Dafa transcends cultural and racial boundaries and contributes to a more peaceful, tolerant, and compassionate society; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 13, 2024 be designated Falun Dafa Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

 

Apraxia Awareness Day

 

Whereas; Childhood apraxia of speech is a challenging speech disorder that affects nearly 1-in 1,000 children; and

Whereas; Children with childhood apraxia of speech will not learn to speak without frequent, intensive and appropriate speech therapy; and  

Whereas; A lack of appropriate speech therapy intervention may impact not only communication but also individual outcomes in education, independence, mental wellness, and employment; and

Whereas; Public awareness about childhood apraxia of speech is essential for families of children with childhood apraxia of speech and the professionals who support them to best advocate for needed services for children learning to use their own voice; and

Whereas; Our highest respect goes to children with childhood apraxia of speech and to their families for their effort, determination and resilience in the face of obstacles.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 14, 2024, be designated Apraxia Awareness Day to raise awareness in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

National Police Week

 

Whereas; May 13-18, 2024 has been recognized as National Police Week. Public safety involves a collaborative effort within police agencies and between police services, first responders, as well as social and community organizations.; and

Whereas; several professionals are required to manage the risks and impacts to the health and safety of Canadians as a result of crime, natural disasters, mental illness, addiction, etc. Health and safety are essentially built on four pillars: treatment, harm reduction, enforcement, and prevention.: and

Whereas; as frontline first responders, police officers are often the gateway to many community supports with a goal to make that first contact meaningful and to achieve the best possible outcome.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 13-18, 2024, be designated National Police Week so as a community we can celebrate them in being an important public safety partner.

 

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

 

Whereas; Global Accessibility Awareness Day is dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness for digital access and inclusion of more than one billion people with disabilities worldwide; and

Whereas; we honour the progress made and learn new ways we can all work to advance digital accessibility and inclusion; and 

Whereas; accessibility access allows everyone to contribute meaningfully, fully and equally; and 

Whereas; Global Accessibility Awareness Day encourages developers, designers and creators to put a greater focus on digital accessibility and inclusion for all.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 16, 2024, be designated as Global Accessibility Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia Day

 

Whereas; the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia raises awareness about the violence and discrimination faced by the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

Whereas; Today is a day to condemn discrimination and violence against members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and remember that there are still people in the community whose voices aren’t heard, who hide their identity due to stigma and fear.

Whereas; Everyone deserves the right to live safely in their community regardless of their sexual orientation or gender. Today we reaffirm that hatred and violence have no place in New Tecumseth. It is incumbent upon all of us to stand in solidarity with the community and say homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia will not be condoned in New Tecumseth.

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth is at the forefront of efforts to eliminate racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and biphobia and works to empower individuals and communities to stand up against hatred, intolerance and discrimination.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 17, 2024, be designated as International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

Personal Support Worker Day

 

Whereas; Personal Support Workers (PSW) have selflessly and tirelessly provided care to our community’s most vulnerable through an extraordinarily challenging year, a year made more precarious by a pandemic the likes of which many of us have never seen; and

Whereas; They have given so much of themselves every day, sacrificing their own health, safety, time with their families, even their own lives to ensure the safety and care of our seniors and vulnerable. PSWs ensure that people in long term care facilities, or in their homes are safe and cared for. They make every effort to provide the best possible care to them, and do it with a sense of compassion and empathy that is the badge of honour of every PSW; and 

Whereas; PSW Day is held every year on May 19. PSWs are the backbone of the health system and approximately 35% of all PSWs in Ontario work in the home and community sector, delivering a range of vital services that reduce the need for more expensive hospital care, emergency room visits, or long-term care; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 19, 2024, be proclaimed Personal Support Worker Day in the Town of New Tecumseth where we celebrate their contributions to our community. We thank all the PSWs and frontline health care workers as they continue to provide this essential and vital work that directly impacts the lives of so many every day.

 

Public Works Week

 

Whereas; public works professionals focus on infrastructure, facilities and services that are of vital importance to sustainable and resilient communities and to the public health, high quality of life and well-being of the people of the Town of New Tecumseth and,

Whereas; these infrastructure, facilities and services could not be provided without the dedicated efforts of public works professionals, who are engineers, managers and employees at all levels of government and the private sector, who are responsible for rebuilding, water supply, water treatment and solid waste systems, public buildings, and other structures and facilities essential for our citizens; and,

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 19-25, 2024 be designated National Public Works Week so as a community we pay tribute to our public works professionals, engineers, managers and employees and to recognize the substantial contributions they make to protecting our national health, safety, and quality of life.

 

Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Week

 

Whereas; The Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada is a charitable community-based health care organization that has addressed community health and social needs fpr 127 years; and

Whereas; VON Simcoe County nurses, home support workers, community service coordinators and many other staff and volunteers have been caring for the lives and well­ being of residents of Alliston since 1991; and VON's nursing, health promotion and support services make a contribution to the health care system in Ontario; and

Whereas; The theme for 2024 is "Connected with purpose." We celebrate VON’s long history and bright future of leading home and community care in Canada’s health care system, and the outstanding VON employees and volunteers who contribute to life-changing moments every day; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 19-25, 2024, be designated Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Week in New Tecumseth to showcase our dedicated staff and volunteers, and celebrate the caring home and community support they deliver.

 

National AccessAbility Week

 

Whereas; Individuals with disabilities are impacted daily by barriers to accessible information, independent access to facilities, to employment, transportation, and accessible communication supports.  Such barriers often impact an individual’s ability to fully participate in community life.  National AccessAbility Awareness Week is an opportunity to celebrate accessibility and increase our efforts to achieve our goal of becoming an accessible community by eliminating barriers to Town of New Tecumseth facilities, programs and services; and

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth Council and the citizens of the Town of New Tecumseth are committed to working to make the town an inclusive community in which all persons can independently exercise their civil, political, social and cultural rights on an equal basis, and ensuring that everyone has the right to live in conditions of dignity, respect and peace; and

Whereas; On behalf of the Town of New Tecumseth we extend our recognition to all persons with disabilities and offer our support and appreciation to New Tecumseth's Accessibility Advisory Committee in opening the door to opportunities by making our Town, an inclusive community.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 25 to June 1, 2024, be designated National AccessAbility Awareness Week and encourage everyone to support equality of access, opportunity and outcomes for persons with disabilities.  

 

Menstrual Hygiene Day

Whereas; World Menstrual Hygiene Day is a global advocacy platform that brings together nonprofits, government agencies, individuals, the private sector and the media to promote good menstrual health and hygiene, and; 

Whereas; The day is observed on May 28 because menstrual cycles average 28 days in length and people menstruate an average of five days each month, May being the fifth month of the year, and; 

Whereas; This engages decision-makers to increase the priority and action for menstrual hygiene at a global, national and local level and; 

Whereas; World Menstrual Hygiene Day works to break the taboos, end the stigma surrounding menstruation, raise awareness about the challenges regarding access to menstrual products, education, and period-friendly sanitation facilities. 

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 28, 2024 be designated Menstrual Hygiene Day in the Town of New Tecumseth and urge all residents to support the vulnerable in our community.

 

Doctor Appreciation Day

 

Whereas; good health is integral to the enjoyment of life;

And whereas; physicians help to provide health care within the community;

And whereas; the community appreciates the services of its physicians. 

Residents and business are encouraged to show their appreciation in ways that will enhance this day of recognition and celebration.

Therefore, be it resolved that May 29, 2024 be designated as Doctor Appreciation Day in the Town of New Tecumseth to celebrate and thank each and every one of our physicians and the work they do to keep our families, friends and neighbours safe. 

 

Red Shirt Day

 

Whereas; Easter Seals Canada is proud to do its part to promote and celebrate National AccessAbility Week. Red Shirt Day (#RedShirtDay, #RedForAccessAbility) is an initiative promulgated by Easter Seals Canada to promote National AccessAbility Week and was first observed in 2019; and

Whereas; Red Shirt Day is a day to wear red in solidarity and show support for persons and families living with disabilities, celebrate the achievements and contributions of persons with disabilities, and pledge their commitment to helping create an accessible and inclusive town.; and

Whereas; it is encourage that residents and the community make a commitment – a pledge- to educate and inform ourselves on issues relate to disability and to do what we can to remove attitudinal and systemic barriers in schools, workplaces and communities so that we can make Canada a truly accessible and inclusive place for people of all abilities; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 29, 2024, be designated RED SHIRT DAY and encourage everyone to wear red and display solidarity to show support for a fully accessible and inclusive community in New Tecumseth. 

 April

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Royal Canadian Air Force Centennial Week

Whereas; the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) celebrates its Centennial Anniversary, marking a century of unparalleled service and dedication; and 

Whereas; the RCAF has been a steadfast defender of our nation, showcasing bravery and excellence in safeguarding our skies and protecting our freedoms; and 

Whereas; the men and women of the RCAF, past and present, have exhibited unwavering courage and professionalism, earning the admiration and gratitude of Canadians nationwide; and

Whereas the Town of New Tecumseth proudly recognizes the vital contributions of RCAF Base Borden and its personnel to our community and nation; and 

Therefore, be it resolved, that the week of April 1-8, 2024 be proclaimed as the official Centennial Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force Week in the Town of New Tecumseth.  

 

World Autism Awareness Day

Whereas; World Autism Awareness Day will be recognized on April 2nd, 2024, in Canada thanks to Liberal Senator Jim Munson’s Bill S-206, An Act Respecting World Autism Awareness Day; and

Whereas; Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects more than 135, 000 Ontarians. ASD is now recognized as the most common neurological disorder affecting 1 in every 66 children, as well as their friends, family and community; and

Whereas; Autism Ontario (formerly Autism Society Ontario) is the leading source of information and referral on autism and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community and is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals with whom they interact; and 

Therefore, be it resolved; that April 2, 2024, be designated as World Autism Awareness Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

Library Giving Day

Whereas; Libraries in Simcoe County play a vital role in early literacy, community connections, digital literacy, life-long education, and (re) training; and 

Whereas; The New Tecumseth Public Library is part of a coalition of libraries joining forces to raise funds through a Library Giving Day campaign. This one-day online fundraising event will occur on April 4, 2024 and will encourage patrons and library lovers to support their library; and 

Whereas; This campaign reminds us that libraries serve as a cornerstone for our communities. In addition to well-loved books, many libraries offer innovative programs that promote lifelong learning, connect patrons to technology, and advance knowledge; and 

Whereas; The New Tecumseth Public Library is dedicated not only to bringing awareness to these important issues, but to providing the services necessary to create a better community to live, work, and thrive. 

Therefore, be it resolved; that April 4, 2024, be designated as Library Giving Day in the Town of New Tecumseth and I encourage all to donate or become a friend to support early literacy, ongoing learning, and access to technology. Better Libraries. Better Communities. Better World.

 

World Parkinson Day

Whereas; Parkinson's disease affects more than 100,000 Canadians and 6.3 million people worldwide with a variety of symptoms including tremors, slowness and stiffness, balance problems, rigid muscles, fatigue, soft speech and depression; and

Whereas; Parkinson Society Canada is the national voice of Canadians living with Parkinson's and its purpose is to ease the burden and find a cure through research, education, advocacy and support services; and

Whereas; Parkinson Society Canada has funded more than $20 million in research grants in its quest to find a cure for Parkinson's disease and has been supporting Canadians with Parkinson's since 1965.; and 

Therefore, be it resolved; that April 11, 2024, be designated as World Parkinson Day in the Town of New Tecumseth and encourage everyone to support Parkinson Society Canada during this campaign.

 

National Volunteer Week 

Whereas; 12.7 million Canadian volunteers give their time to help others, contributing close to 2 billion volunteer hours per year; and

Whereas; volunteers in New Tecumseth mentor our children, feed our hungry, comfort our lonely, beautify our green spaces, and fundraise for our charitable organizations; and

Whereas; New Tecumseth’s volunteers are young, old, families, workers, retirees, men and women of all ages and backgrounds; and

Whereas; the collective result of the work done by our town’s volunteers is that New Tecumseth is a more desirable place to live; and 

Therefore, be it resolved; that April 14-20, 2024, be designated National Volunteer Week. I urge everyone to volunteer and put empathy into action, so we can build communities where people feel happier, healthier, and more welcome – creating a stronger, more connected New Tecumseth.

 

 March

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#ITStarts Month

 

Whereas; Inclusion, acceptance, and equity are important approaches to the diversity of residents living in any community, especially in our growing and changing Town; and

Whereas; March 21 is recognized as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and

Whereas; The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership (SCLIP) is a community partnership focused on the development of settlement strategies for newcomers.  These strategies bring together and support service delivery to newcomers in Simcoe County while promoting positive relationships, opportunity, and the use of local resources effectively; and

Whereas; This month presents an opportunity to further the resolve as we pause to celebrate the diversity of the human race rather than allow our dissimilarities to become a reason for racial separation; and

Whereas; We encourage all to celebrate the differences in each other such as race, culture, colour, national origin, gender, age, disability and religion.  During this month, the SCLIP will be hosting an awareness campaign and encouraging residents to take a stand and support #ITSTARTS to share their commitment to embracing acceptance, anti-racism and diversity.

Therefore, be it resolved; that March 2024 be designated as “#ITSTARTS Month” and encourage all to learn more about and participate in the #ITSTARTS campaign.

 

PROBUS Recognition Month

 

Whereas; PROBUS Club is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization, that is a worldwide movement in 23 countries. PROBUS originated in England, with the development of two community-based social clubs in the 1960s, formed to meet the social and intellectual needs of retired professionals and people in business: and

Whereas; the PROBUS Club, is an inclusive, apolitical, nonsectarian club for socially engaged men and women in their retirement and semiretirement years to foster fitness and friendship through monthly meetings, a variety of activities, speakers, meals and special events; and

Whereas; the Clubs offer various interest groups for its members such as Book, Gardening, Golf, Investment, Movie, and Hiking groups; and

Whereas; the PROBUS Clubs objectives are towards acquaintance, fellowship and learning with the mandate of “Our Strength is Fellowship. Our Success is Participation”; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that the month of March 2024 be designated PROBUS Recognition Month in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

 

Whereas; the Town of New Tecumseth is committed to the belief that equal opportunity and treatment should exist for all people; and

Whereas; every resident of the Town of New Tecumseth has the right to realize his or her potential, regardless of race, colour, national, or ethnic origin, and live at all times in conditions of dignity, respect, and peace; and

Whereas; the General Assembly of the United Nations has designated March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and

Whereas; the elimination of racism and racial discrimination can be accomplished through understanding and respect for the dignity of all people and is the social and moral responsibility of each person.

Therefore, be it resolved; that March 21, 2024, be designated as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and encourage all to learn more about #IDER Day

 

Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness

 

Whereas; On June 28, 2012, the Purple Day Act (Bill C-278) received a Royal Assent in Canada; and

Whereas; Epilepsy is a common neurological disease that is not well understood, and affects approximately 1 in every 100 persons in ​Simcoe County; and

Whereas; Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disease which affects each person differently, with the effects ranging from mild and relatively minor to extremely serious (which includes death); and,

Whereas; Epilepsy Simcoe County was established in 1978 to assist individuals, families, caregivers, and professionals in our area with education, support, and advocacy in relation to epilepsy awareness.

Therefore, be it resolved; that March 26, 2024 be designated “​Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness” in an effort to raise awareness of epilepsy in the Town of New Tecumseth.

February

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Black History Month

Whereas; As New Tecumseth’s population becomes increasingly more diverse, we recognize Black History Month as an opportunity to embrace diversity and foster belonging and inclusion; and

Whereas; Black History Month is a time to learn about the stories and many important contributions of local Black Canadian to the settlement, growth and development of Simcoe County, and about the diversity of Black communities in Canada and their importance to the history of this country; and

Whereas; During Black History Month, Canadians celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who have and continue to do so much to make Canada the culturally diverse nation it is today; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that the month of February 2024 be designated Black History Month in the Town of New Tecumseth and urge all residents to celebrate our diverse heritage and culture and continue our efforts to create a world that is more just, peaceful and prosperous for all.

 

Women's Institute (WI) Founder's Day

Whereas; The Women's Institute (WI), provides a united voice for all women while advocating for health, poverty, food safety, environmental preservation and community support; and

Whereas; they sponsor and promote programs in agriculture, citizenship, home economics, health and welfare, and cultural pursuits; and

Whereas; they function at the local, regional, provincial, national and international level with a range of activities broad enough to encompass the interests of women; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that February 14, 2024, be designated Women’s Institute (WI) Founder’s Day in the Town of New Tecumseth and urge all residents to celebrate with them.

 

Canada's Agriculture Day

Whereas; Canada Agriculture Day is a time for everyone to come together to celebrate Canadian agriculture, share pride in the industry and draw a closer connection between the food we eat and the people who produce it; and

Whereas; Canada’s Agriculture Day is a day designated for our country to come together to recognize and celebrate the men and women who produce the food that Canadians, and people around the globe, love to eat; and

Whereas; on Canada’s Agriculture Day, we recognize and thank the farmers and agricultural businesses for the incredible contribution they make to our community and across the country and the many quality products they provide; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that February 15, 2024, be designated Canada’s Agriculture Day in the Town of New Tecumseth and urge all residents to show our appreciation for the individuals who are the backbone of the food system and to join in this national celebration and find creative ways to show your support for Canadian agriculture.

 

International Mother Language Day

Whereas; International Mother Language Day celebrates language diversity and multilingualism and promotes the preservation and protection of all languages spoken globally. International Mother Language Day was established in Bangladesh and marks the day when people fought for recognition of the Bangla language; and

Whereas; Languages, with their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, are of strategic importance for people and one of the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing heritage; and

Whereas; New Tecumseth is a diverse town and continues to be a welcoming home for people of all cultures who are able to speak their mother tongue freely and peacefully; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that February 21, 2024 be designated as “International Mother Language Day” in the Town of New Tecumseth, and we acknowledge the contributions multicultural communities make in strengthening our community.

 

Diversity and Acceptance Day (Pink Shirt Day)

Whereas; Diversity and Acceptance Day (Pink Shirt Day) highlights the commitment to make New Tecumseth a safe and inclusive town, and

Whereas; acts of bullying, discrimination, harassment, intimidation and violence have a profound effect on an individual’s feelings of safety and self-worth and ability to learn, and

Whereas; acts of bullying, discrimination, harassment, intimidation and violence are unacceptable in a safe, caring and orderly society, and

Whereas; Diversity and Acceptance Day (Pink Shirt Day) is an opportunity to recognize efforts to build communities that foster respect, inclusion, fairness, equity and compassion, and

Whereas; Diversity and Acceptance Day (Pink Shirt Day) is an opportunity to actively promote respectful and kind behaviour, and

Therefore, be it resolved; that February 22, 2024, be designated “Diversity and Acceptance Day (Pink Shirt Day)” in the Town of New Tecumseth and urge to support this initiative.

 

Coldest Night of the Year

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth and its citizens are encouraged as a community to support the vulnerable, by means of the Coldest Night of the Year walk; and

Whereas; The Coldest Night of the Year is a family-friendly fundraising walk that supports local charity partners like S.H.I.F.T. (Support and Hope for Individuals and Families Today) who provide essential care and service for people experiencing homelessness, hurt, and hunger; and

Whereas; The Coldest Night of the Year is a moment each year when tens of thousands of Canadians step outside the warmth and comfort of home to shine a light of welcome and compassion in their communities; and

Therefore, be it resolved that February 24, 2024 be designated Coldest Night of the Year in the Town of New Tecumseth and urge all residents to support the vulnerable in our community.

 

Rare Disease Day

Whereas; Rare Disease Day is the globally coordinated movement on rare diseases, working towards equity in social opportunity, healthcare, and access to diagnosis and therapies for people living with a rare disease; and

Whereas; Rare Disease Day has played a critical part in building an international rare disease community that is multi-disease, global, and diverse, but united in purpose; and

Whereas; there are more than 6,000 known rare diseases, including over 200 rare cancer types and up to 5.9% of the population has a rare disease with 79% of these diseases being classified as genetic disorders; and

Whereas; individuals and families affected by rare diseases often experience problems such as delays in obtaining an accurate diagnosis, difficulty finding a health care provider with expertise in their condition, and a lack of access to treatments or ancillary services; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that February 28, 2024, be designated Rare Disease Day in the Town of New Tecumseth to show support and raise awareness for individuals living with rare diseases.

 

January

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International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

 

Whereas; on this day, in 1945, Soviet troops liberated the Nazi Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, which exposed the atrocities and genocide that took place there. Today, on the 77th anniversary of the liberation, we remember and honour all victims of the Holocaust, who suffered immeasurable trauma and died at the hands of Nazi occupiers, as well as the survivors who bear the lasting scars of that same trauma; and

Whereas; In 2005, the United Nations adopted a resolution declaring January 27 as International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. It is incumbent upon all of us to identify and condemn all forms of anti-Semitism, hate and discrimination. We must also act collectively to condemn Holocaust-denial so that we may remember what took place, and stand firm in ensuring that atrocities like this never happen again; and

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth recognizes the importance of taking collective action against anti-Semitism to create a just and inclusive town. This commitment is at the forefront of efforts to eliminate hate crimes while empowering individuals and communities to stand up against hatred, intolerance, and discrimination.

Therefore, be it resolved; that January 27, 2024 be designated International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust in the Town of New Tecumseth. and encourage residents to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to promote a better understanding of the tragedies that took place during WWll.

 2023
December

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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

Whereas; this day remembers the horrific act of violence against women at L’École Polytechnique de Montreal on December 6, 1989; and

Whereas; this day is not just about remembering victims; it is also a time to take action. We each have the opportunity and the responsibility to stand up against misogyny, sexism, and hate — and it starts with creating a culture of respect; and

Whereas; this day represents an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the fact that women in Canada, and around the world, continue to face disproportionate levels of violence each and every day; and

Therefore be it resolved; that December 06, 2023 be designated National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, to consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. 

November

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Woman Abuse Prevention Month

Whereas; It is every woman’s fundamental right to live in safety and security in her home and community – free from the threat of violence; and

Whereas; This month provides the opportunity to raise awareness about violence against women and it’s prevention, and has been recognized in Ontario since 1986; and

Whereas; Woman abuse is not a women’s issue, it is a human rights issue, and it affects us all. Spousal violence has psychological, physical, social and economic impacts for victims, their families and society; and

Therefore be it resolved; that November 2023 be designated Woman Abuse Prevention Month so that together we can work to eliminate woman abuse.

 

World Diabetes Day

Whereas; the United Nations has official recognized November 14 as World Diabetes Day, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting of Alliston, who co-discovered insulin in 1921.

Whereas; Diabetes concerns every family.  There are over 537 million people (IDF Atlas 2021) worldwide with diabetes. Diabetes related complications are the leading cause of blindness, lower limb amputation, heart disease, kidney failure and early death.

Whereas; Raising awareness, helping youth and families to understand how to reduce their risk of youth-onset Type 2 diabetes and encouraging early testing are the practical weapons available in the fight against diabetes in line with 2023 campaign – empowering global health; and

Therefore be it resolved; that November 14, 2023 be designated World Diabetes Day so as a community we honour and celebrate Sir Banting’s contributions and join in the fight against the worldwide diabetes pandemic. 

 

National Children's Grief Awareness Day

Whereas; National Children’s Grief Awareness Day is a day focused on bringing to mind all children who are grieving the death, divorce or deployment of a loved one – children who typically feel very alone in their journey of grief; and

Whereas; Children who have had a loved one die, experience a divorce or deployment of a close family member can carry that loss with them for a long time, causing confusion, sorrow and fearfulness as they struggle to understand; and

Whereas; The third Thursday in November has been designated as National Children’s Grief Awareness Day and encourage everyone to wear blue in an effort to raise awareness and show their support for bereaved children and the grief agencies which serve those young people confronted by the reality of death, divorce or deployment.

Therefore be it resolved; that November 17th, 2023 be designated as “Children’s Grief Awareness Day” and encourage all in New Tecumseth to recognize and assist Rainbows For All Children Canada and other organizations in their work on behalf of grieving children and teens.

 

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Whereas; violence continues to be the greatest gender inequality rights issue for women, girls and gender-diverse individuals and November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month; and

Whereas; Gender-based violence is a human right issue which our community must work together to address, prevent and address through public awareness and education; and

Whereas; on November 25th, The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, recognizing that the courage of a woman alone is not enough, it takes an entire community to end gender-based violence; and

Therefore be it resolved; that November 25, 2023 be designated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and urge all citizens to recognize this day by taking action to support survivors of gender- based violence and becoming part of Ontario wide efforts to end gender-based violence.

October

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Islamic Heritage Month

Whereas; Islamic Heritage Month celebrates the diversity and vibrancy of our town's Muslim community; and Whereas; Islamic Heritage Month provides an opportunity to learn about the rich Islamic history and culture in our community; and 

Whereas; the Town of New Tecumseth recognizes the significant contributions of the local Muslim community to the economic, social and cultural fabric of our region; and 

Whereas; the town’s Muslim community promotes inclusiveness, multiculturalism and diversity as values that strengthen and enrich our community; and 

Therefore be it resolved; that the month of October 2023 be designated Islamic Heritage Month in the Town of New Tecumseth. 

 

RETT Syndrome Awareness Month

Whereas; Rett syndrome is a rare genetic neurological disorder that occurs almost exclusively in girls and leads to severe impairments, affecting nearly every aspect of the individual's life. Rett syndrome occurs worldwide in 1 of every 10,000 female births and is even rarer in boys, but not impossible. Rett syndrome is usually recognized in children between 6-18 months of age as they begin to miss developmental milestones or lose abilities they had once gained; and

 Whereas; as there is no Canadian Rett Syndrome Association, the Ontario Rett Syndrome Association (O.R.S.A.) has members from many provinces across Canada and through donations and fundraising efforts have been able to fund the Canadian Rett Syndrome Registry, fund over $678,000 in Canadian Rett syndrome research, and fund and support Rett clinics in Ontario. Currently, the Rett syndrome clinics are located at the Holland Bloor View Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, and Thames Valley Children's Centre, London, provide direct critical support to families and their loved one regarding care and management issues; and

Therefore be it resolved; that the month of October 2023 be designated RETT Syndrome Awareness Month in the Town of New Tecumseth. 

 

Fire Prevention Week

Whereas; New Tecumseth’s first responders are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education; and

Whereas; New Tecumseth’s residents are responsive to public education measures and are able to take personal steps to increase their safety from fire, especially in their homes; and

Whereas; the 2023 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Cooking Safety Starts With You” effectively serves to remind us to stay alert and use caution when cooking to reduce the risk of kitchen fires; and

Therefore be it resolved; that October 9-15, 2023 be designated Fire Prevention Week and I urge all the people of New Tecumseth to check their kitchens for fire hazards and using safe cooking practices during Fire Prevention Week 2023, and to support the many public safety activities and efforts of New Tecumseth’s fire and emergency services.

International Day of Rural Women

Whereas; International Day of the Rural Women 2023 is celebrating the vital role that rural women play in climate action with a spotlight on rural women and girls building resilience. Residents are encouraged to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Rural Women to recognize their roles in supporting their communities. 

Whereas; rural women and girls are leaders in agriculture, food security and nutrition, land, managing natural resource management and unpaid and domestic care work. 

Whereas; women account for a substantial proportion of the agricultural labour force, including informal work, and perform the bulk of unpaid care and domestic work within families and households in rural areas. And, globally, one in three employed women works in agriculture. 

Whereas; women make significant contributions to agricultural production, food security and nutrition, land and natural resource management, and building climate resilience. 

Therefore, be it resolved, that on October 15, 2023, International Day of Rural Women, residents are encouraged to support rural women and girls and grow their capacities to respond to climate change through agricultural production, food security, and natural resources management. 

New Tecumseth Memorial Run Day   

Whereas; the volunteer-based New Tecumseth Memorial Run is organized in support of the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Whereas; The run/walk on October 15, 2023 encourages physical activity and brings the community together.

Whereas; the efforts, commitment and dedication of the volunteers and the participants of the New Tecumseth Memorial Run are appreciated.   

 

Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day

Whereas; Years of research confirms the benefits of high-quality childcare for young children’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical development and later life outcomes; and

Whereas; Child care promotes the well-being of children and responds to the needs of parents and the broader community by supporting quality of life so that citizens can fully participate in and contribute to the economic and social life of their community; and

Whereas; trained and knowledgeable Early Childhood Educators and childcare staff are the key to quality in early learning and childcare programs and champions for children; and

Whereas: trained and knowledgeable Early Childhood Educators and childcare staff are the key to quality in early learning and childcare programs and champions for children; and

Therefore be it resolved that: that October 18, 2023 be designated Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day in recognition of the education, dedication and commitment of child care workers to children, their families and quality of life of the community.  

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

 

Whereas; approximately 10,000 children are living with cancer in Canada today. Each year about 1,500 cases are diagnosed. Because of significant advances in therapy, 82% of these children will survive 5 years or more. Childhood cancer remains responsible for more deaths from one year through adolescence than any other disease; and

Whereas; this month we recognize the dedication and hard work of all those scientists, healthcare professionals, parent organizations and volunteers who are working to overcome childhood cancer and assist these families. We admire and support the courageous youth and parents who struggle with this disease; and

Whereas; we applaud and commend the dedicated volunteers at Candlelighters Simcoe Parents of Children with Cancer for the work they do for families of children with cancer in our region.

Therefore, be it resolved; that the month of September be proclaimed as "CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH" in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month

 

Whereas; Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) is a progressive lung disease where scarring of the lung tissue prevents the essential flow of oxygen to the bloodstream, resulting ins vital organs being deprived of the necessary oxygen to survive; and

Whereas; PF can be linked to environmental exposures or autoimmune disorders, but for many the cause is unknown; and

Whereas; While advances in medicine are slowing the progression of symptoms, PF remains an incurareable disease; and

Whereas; Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month is an opportunity to educatie, raise funds for research and give a voice to families touched by this debilitating disease.

Therefore, be it resolved; that the month of September be designated as Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

 

World Suicide Prevention Day

 

Whereas; World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is a chance for everyone to join us in promoting understanding about suicide. Those impacted by a suicide attempt or loss; family or friends; charitable organizations; professionals; politicians; volunteers and community members. Every year on Sept. 10, people across the globe connect to continue Working Together to Prevent Suicide; and

Whereas; It is a tragic fact that there are fewer and fewer people who have not been touched by suicide.

Whereas; Recent stats (World Health Organization) show that every day in Canada 10 people will end their lives and up to 200 will make an attempt to do so.

Whereas; Suicide is in the top 10 leading causes of death in Canada. To be certain, suicide is a critical public health issue and a topic we need to keep talking about; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that September 10, 2022, be designated as World Suicide Prevention Day in the Town of New Tecumseth, where every resident can make a contribution in preventing suicide.

National Legion Week

Whereas; the Royal Canadian Legion has been supporting Veterans and their families since 1930; and 

Whereas; New Tecumseth has 3 Legions representing many Veterans which support and contribute to the well-being of so many communities in our; and 

Whereas; National Legion Week is designed to educate visitors on the good work their local Branch does in their community and reinforces the important role Branches play in our shared mission to serve and support our Veterans, as well as contribute to the well-being of so many communities. 

Therefore, be it resolved, hat the week of September 17-23, 2023 be proclaimed as "National Legion Week" in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

Aortic Dissection Awareness Day

 

Whereas; Aortic Awareness Day is a day to celebrate global Aortic Dissection Awareness Day (September 19th), when a worldwide movement joins forces to increase awareness of this life-threatening disease.

Whereas; raising awareness of Aortic Dissection, its diagnosis and treatment; providing vital friendship, support and advice for patients and family members; encouraging research into the condition; and working with healthcare providers to ensure that best practice diagnosis and care for Aortic Dissection; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that September 19, 2022, be designated as Aortic Awareness Day in the Town of New Tecumseth, to increase awareness, collaboration and accelerating change to improve patient care & outcomes.

 

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

Whereas; September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation; as well as Orange Shirt Day; and

Whereas; We honour the legacy of Residential School survivors, their families and communities, and we remember those who died in the residential school system; and is also an opportunity to educate people and promote awareness about the Residential $chool System; and

Whereas; Orange Shirt Day grew out of the story of one survivor, Phyllis Webstad, who had her new orange shirt taken away on her first day at the residential school; and

Whereas; the orange shirt is now used as a vivid reminder of the need for ongoing discussions and work towards Truth and Reconciliation; and on September 30th, we reflect and honour survivors, their families and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Therefore, be it resolved; New Tecumseth residents are encouraged to honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, wear orange on September 30th and take this opportunity to learn about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.

 

 

 

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Overdose Awareness Day

 

Whereas; the Town of New Tecumseth does affirm and acknowledge the harm and hardship caused by drug overdose; and

Whereas; we recognize the purpose of International Overdose Awareness Day as remembering loved ones lost to overdose and ending the stigma of drug-related deaths; and

Whereas; we resolve to play our part in reducing the toll of overdose in our community, which claimed the lives of 169 (confirmed and probable) residents in Simcoe Muskoka in 2021, which was 25% higher than the 135 in 2020, with five of these deaths occurring in New Tecumseth with countless more lives affected forever; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that August 31, 2023 be proclaimed as Overdose Awareness Day in New Tecumseth and we acknowledge that people affected by overdose are our sons and daughters, our mothers and fathers, our brothers and sisters, and deserving of our love, compassion and support.

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Fierté Simcoe Pride

Whereas; This marks the twelfth annual Fierté Simcoe Pride, and its purpose is to create a safe and inclusive Simcoe County that supports gender and sexual diversity through services, activities and events; and

Whereas: The Intersex Progress Pride flag is raised to honour gender and sexual diversity in Simcoe County. Valentino Vecchietti designed the Intersex Progress Pride flag in the UK in 2021. The flag is a combination of Gilbert Baker’s 1978 Pride flag, Daniel Quasar’s 2018 Progress Pride flag, and Morgan Carpenter’s 2013 Intersex flag. The flag is a symbol of the Pride movement and the advancement of human rights for sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, sex characteristics; and

Whereas; Fierté Simcoe Pride was formed on May 13, 2012, and its mission is “to create and offer inclusive events, services, and educational opportunities that rise above heterosexism, heteronormativity and homo/bi/transphobia, promoting safe communities within Simcoe County”; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that the July 24 – August 6, 2023, be designated as Fierté Simcoe Pride Season in the Town of New Tecumseth, where every resident is encouraged to recognize this community’s contributions to the cultural fabric of our town and our commitment to making New Tecumseth a welcoming place for everyone.

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Amyotrophic Lateral Scerosis (ALS) Month

 

Whereas; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS, is a progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control; and

Whereas; The disease is often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the baseball player Lou Gehrig who died of the disease two years after being diagnosed.

Whereas; ALS is inherited in five to 10 per cent of people who are diagnosed with the disease. Early symptoms include muscle twitching and weakness in a limb, or slurred speech. Over time Lou Gehrig’s disease affects control of the muscles needed to move, speak, eat and breathe. Research, advocacy, access to services and resources can have a meaningful impact on people living with the disease.; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 2023, be designated as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month in the Town of New Tecumseth. Supporting organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

 

Filipino Heritage Month

 

Whereas; Filipino Heritage Month acknowledges the long and rich history of the Filipino community in our city and across Canada; and

Whereas; The Filipino community makes up almost 1% of the population in New Tecumseth and their culture and tradition are deeply rooted and reflected in the town; and

Whereas; Filipino Canadians have made significant contributions to New Tecumseth’s socio-economic, political and cultural fabric; and

Whereas; Filipino Heritage Month, which coincides with the Philippines Independence Day on June 12, a day that celebrates democracy, freedom and culture. It is an opportunity to reflect on and learn more about the contributions the Filipino community have made in our town and in the world.

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 2023, be designated as Filipino Heritage Month in the Town of New Tecumseth. 

 

Italian Heritage Month

 

Whereas; this month, we take the opportunity to acknowledge the history and culture of the Italian community in Toronto and across the country; and

Whereas; The Italian community makes up over 10% of the population in New Tecumseth and their culture and tradition are deeply rooted and reflected in the town; and

Whereas; Italian Canadians have made significant contributions to New Tecumseth’s socio-economic, political and cultural fabric; and

Whereas; During Italian Heritage Month, we also recognize and celebrate June 2 as Italy’s Republic Day

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 2023, be designated as Italian Heritage Month in the Town of New Tecumseth and I encourage everyone to learn more about how the Italian community continues to contribute to our cultural fabric through food, music, and art.

 

National DeafBlind Awareness Month

 

Whereas; during this month, we raise awareness of deafblindness, a sight and hearing impairment that affect’s people’s communication, their ability to access information and their mobility; and

Whereas; Those living with deafblindness can access a number of services to assist in their daily lives. Intervenors who provide sensory information for those living with deafblindness along with dedicated support workers can provide the links needed in helping them live safely and independently; and

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth is committed to continuing our efforts in becoming an accessible city for everyone by working to identify, prevent and remove barriers to accessibility; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 2023, be designated as National DeafBlind Awareness Month in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

National Indigenous History Month

 

Whereas; Every June, Canadians are invited to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous People in Canada; and

Whereas; National Indigenous History Month is a time to acknowledge the role Indigenous peoples played in the development of Canada, to honour Indigenous heritage and to celebrate Indigenous cultures; and It is also an opportunity to reflect on the strength of present day First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities, and their hopes for the future; and

Whereas; Indigenous History Month provide residents of the Town of New Tecumseth an opportunity to learn about Indigenous history, perspectives and culture, and help us build stronger relationships rooted in mutual respect and understanding; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 2023 be designated National Indigenous History Month in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

Recreation and Parks Month

 

Whereas; in New Tecumseth, we are fortunate to have a variety of recreation and parks systems providing countless recreational opportunities for residents and visitors from around the world; and

Whereas; recreation enhances quality of life, balanced living and lifelong learning; helps people live happier and longer; develops skills and positive self image in children and youth; develops creativity; and builds healthy bodies and positive lifestyles; and

Whereas; recreational participation builds family unity and social capital; strengthens volunteer and community development; enhances social interaction; creates community pride and vitality; and promotes sensitivity and understanding to cultural diversity; and

Whereas; parks, open space and trails provide active and passive outdoor recreation opportunities, help maintain clean air and water; and promotes stewardship of the natural environment; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that the month of June be designated as Recreation and Parks Month in recognition of the benefits and values of Recreation and Parks.

 

Portugese Heritage Month

 

Whereas; Portuguese Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the richness of the Portuguese culture and offers an opportunity to learn more about our Portuguese community, while helping preserve it for future generations; and

Whereas; The Portuguese community makes up almost 3% of the population in New Tecumseth and their culture and tradition are deeply rooted and reflected in the town; and

Whereas; During Portuguese Heritage Month we celebrate the Portuguese Republic’s National Day on June 10. On this day and throughout the month, we can learn more about the many outstanding contributions Portuguese Canadians have made to our city and around the world; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 2023, be designated as Portuguese Heritage Month in the Town of New Tecumseth and we recognize and honour the long history of the Portuguese community in our town and across Canada.

 

Seniors' Month

 

Whereas; Seniors’ Month is an annual province-wide celebration; and

Whereas; seniors have contributed and continue to contribute immensely to the life and vibrancy of this community; and

Whereas; seniors continue to serve as leaders, mentors, volunteers and important and active members of this community and their contributions past and present warrant appreciation and recognition and their stories deserve to be told; and

Whereas; the health and well-being of seniors is in the interest of all and further adds to the health and well-being of the community and the knowledge and experience seniors pass on to us continues to benefit all; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that the month of June be designated as Seniors’ Month in the Town of New Tecumseth and encourage all citizens to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our seniors

 

Intergenerational Day

 

Whereas; Intergenerational Day celebrates the power of intentional and respectful connections between older adults, children and youth and raises awareness around the significant role that positive connections between generations can make; and

Whereas; Respectful intergenerational relationships provide a way for people to obtain an understanding of aging. Friendships between older and younger people help promote self-esteem and feelings of well-being that make communities stronger; and

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth supports healthy communities across the town by partnering with and investing in people, services, programs and facilities to strengthen social, economic and physical conditions that impact town-wide change; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 1, 2023, be designated as Intergenerational Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

National Health and Fitness Day

 

Whereas; National Health and Fitness Day is a day to encourage everyone to get out and get active; and

Whereas; Physical activity is a great way to help lead healthier lives and promotes both physical and mental health; and

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth provides programs and services motivating residents to engage in physical activity. Remaining active and keeping healthy helps improve the overall health of our communities and makes our town more vibrant and resilient; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 3, 2023, be designated as National Health and Fitness Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

Canadian Armed Forces Day

 

Whereas; our dedicated and courageous Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) keep our country and its citizens safe every day; and

Whereas; Our Armed Forces made up of the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy, and Royal Canadian Air Force, can be counted on to serve their country with pride, compassion and dedication while ensuring Canadians receive the assistance they require. There are approximately 2,000 CAF personnel who are deployed in more than 20 different military operations at home and abroad; and

Whereas; We recognize and honour all current and former Canadian Armed Forces personnel for their military service and thank them and their families for their sacrifices as they bravely serve our country; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 4, 2023, be designated Canadian Armed Forces Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

World Environment Day

 

Whereas; World Environment Day is a global day of action to raise awareness around the environmental issues impacting our world; and

Whereas; Since 1974, World Environment Day has been a call to action to protect our environment by engaging with the government, businesses and citizens to focus efforts on pressing environmental issues; and

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth is committed to being a leader in conservation and protection of the environment and has taken action with a number of initiatives to promote energy efficiency and clean mobility, continuing to grow and enhance green spaces, addressing climate change, supporting energy-efficient housing and reducing carbon emissions; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 5, 2023, be designated World Environment Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

World Blood Donor Day

 

Whereas; World Blood Donor Day recognizes the lifesaving gift given by those who give blood to help save lives and improve the health of others; and

Whereas; the World Blood Donor Day slogan is "Give blood and keep the World beating". Highlighting the essential contribution that blood donors make to keep the world pulsating. That is by saving lives and improving other's health; and

Whereas; Reinforces the global call for more people to donate blood regularly and to contribute to better global health; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 14, 2023, be designated World Blood Donor Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

 

Whereas; the Town of New Tecumseth's seniors are valued, contributing members of society, imparting a wealth of experience and wisdom in our communities. They deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. It is our collective responsibility to ensure they live safely and fully engaged within the community that cares about them; and

Whereas; Elder abuse is not limited to race, gender, culture, or circumstance, and regardless of whether the abuse is physical, emotional, or financial, it has a significant impact on the lives of individuals and families; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 15, 2023, be proclaimed as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in the Town of New Tecumseth and we encourage all of our residents to recognize and celebrate seniors and their ongoing contributions to the success and vitality of our province, Ontario.

 

Grad Week

 

Whereas; this week we celebrate the graduates from elementary school, high school, colleges and universities and all those graduating in 2023; and

Whereas; Congratulations graduates, you did it. We commend your teachers, parents and loved ones who have supported you each step of the way and the work you have done to get to this point; and

Whereas; As you close one chapter of your development and move to the next, we wish you a successful and bright future. You deserve to celebrate this momentous occasion and the resiliency you have demonstrated over the last year; and

Therefore, be it resolved that June 18-24, 2023, be designated Grad Week in the Town of New Tecumseth. Congratulations to our graduates!

 

St. John Ambulance Week

Whereas; 2023 represents the 82nd anniversary of the establishment of the Barrie Simcoe Muskoka Branch of St. John Ambulance; and

Whereas; the Barrie Simcoe Muskoka Branch has been serving the community for over 80 years and fulfilling the mission to enable Canadians to improve their health, safety and quality of life by providing training and community service; and

Whereas; St. John Ambulance mission is to enables everyone to improve their health safety, and quality of life through training, education, resources, and service to the community; and

Whereas;St. John Ambulance volunteers carry out their mission through community service, and first aid, and CPR training. Making them an integral part of our community, offering unique and innovative programs.

 

Therefore, be it resolved; that the month of June 18-24, 2023, be designated as St. John Ambulance Week in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

The Longest Day of SMILES

 

Whereas; Operation Smile Canada announces 18 June 2023 as the Longest Day of SMILES to celebrate the joy of providing smiles to children born with cleft conditions in low- and middle- income countries; and

Whereas; Operation Smile is a global medical charity helping to improve the health and lives of children in more than 60 countries, provided more than 300,000 children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial differences with free, life-changing surgical procedures and dental care; and

Whereas; The Longest Day of SMILES will bring together Canadians from across the nation to raise funds, awareness, and share smiles, with each other and with children born with cleft conditions. Now, more than ever, we all need a reason to smile; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 18, 2023, be designated as “The Longest Day of SMILES” Day in the Town of New Tecumseth. A day which recognizes the importance of a smile and the power of sharing smiles with children in low- and middle- income countries.'

 

World Refugee Day

 

Whereas; we recognize the hardships and struggles faced by refugees who are forced to flee their home country to escape persecution, war, or violence, and we thank them for the many contributions they have made to our town; and

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth recognizes the need to support refugees as they settle and integrate in our town through the provision of vital programs and support to help with their transition; and

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth is committed to promoting fundamental rights for all Toronto residents regardless of their immigration status, and enhancing the quality of life for refugees and those at risk of experiencing discrimination or violence; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 20, 2023, be designated World Refugee Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

National Indigenous People's Day

 

Whereas; this day was first proclaimed in 1996 to celebrate the unique heritage, diversity and valued contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.; and

Whereas; During this year’s recognition, we pause to remember all Indigenous children who didn’t return home and their families who lost their loved ones, and the survivors of the residential and day schools.; and

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth strives to strengthen the Town’s relationship with Indigenous communities and advance reconciliation. The Town is committed to working with all Indigenous peoples in a meaningful way to help address their unique needs and work with the community to find solutions.; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 21, 2023, be designated National Indigenous People’s Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

 

Whereas; this year marks the 38th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack in Canadian history, when all 329 people on board Air India Flight 182 including 280 Canadians, were tragically killed when it was bombed on June 23, 1985; and

 

Whereas; Today, on National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism, we remember the victims of Flight 182 and all victims of terrorism, who lost their lives as a result of these acts of violence. We also remember the family and friends whose lives are forever changed by losing loved ones to terrorist acts; and

 

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth strongly condemns all acts of terrorism as we work hard to continue to promote equity, human rights and safety for all residents. The Town is committed to working with others to make the world a safer and better place for everyone, while recognizing that work still needs to be done to achieve peace; and

 

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 23, 2023, be designated National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

Red Shirt Day

Whereas; Easter Seals Canada is proud to do its part to promote and celebrate National AccessAbility Week. Red Shirt Day (#RedShirtDay, #RedForAccessAbility) is an initiative promulgated by Easter Seals Canada to promote National AccessAbility Week and was first observed in 2019; and

Whereas; Red Shirt Day is a day to wear red in solidarity and show support for persons and families living with disabilities, celebrate the achievements and contributions of persons with disabilities, and pledge their commitment to helping create an accessible and inclusive town.; and

Whereas; it is encourage that residents and the community make a commitment – a pledge- to educate and inform ourselves on issues relate to disability and to do what we can to remove attitudinal and systemic barriers in schools, workplaces and communities so that we can make Canada a truly accessibile and inclusive place for people of all abilities; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 31, 2023, be designated RED SHIRT DAY and encourage everyone to wear red and display solidarity to show support for a fully accessible and inclusive community in New Tecumseth. 

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Asian Heritage Month

 

Whereas; Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the history of Canadians of Asian descent.

Whereas; It is an opportunity to acknowledge and reflect on the rich history, culture and heritage of Canadians of Asian origin and to learn about the many contributions made by the community.

Whereas; Asian immigrants who make up over 6% of the population in New Tecumseth and have come from East Asia, Southern Asia, Western and Southeast Asia, and have all brought a rich cultural history of ethnicities, languages and traditions to our town.

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth acknowledges their valued contributions that have helped shape New Tecumseth culturally, socially, economically and politically.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 2023 be designated as Asian Heritage Month in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

Building Safety Month

 

Whereas; Building Safety Month promotes the vital role of building officials, designers, and the construction industry who work to ensure our town’s buildings are built to be safe, healthy, accessible and sustainable.

Whereas; Building Safety Month reminds and encourages New Tecumseth residents to learn about the Ontario Building Code, the importance of obtaining building permits, and the efforts of the Town of New Tecumseth’s building officials.

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth enforces the Building Code by examining building plans, issuing permits, and by performing inspections during various stages of construction. This month provides an opportunity to raise awareness about building safety and the important role that building officials play in our community.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 2023 be designated as Building Safety Month in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

MS Awareness Month

 

Whereas; Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling neurological disease affecting an estimated 1 in 400 Canadians and approximately 90,000 across the country; and 

Whereas;  Multiple sclerosis symptoms vary widely and may lead to problems with numbness, coordination, vision and speech, as well as extreme fatigue and even paralysis; and 

Whereas;  There is no known cause of, prevention of, or cure for multiple sclerosis; and 

Whereas;  The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is the only national organization in Canada that supports both MS research and services for people with MS and their families; and

Whereas; Since 1948, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada has contributed $200 million towards MS research; and is grateful for the dedication and commitment of its supporters and volunteers that has made this possible; and 

Whereas; Together we will find ways to connect and empower the MS community to create positive change and see a world free of multiple sclerosis

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 2023 be designated as MS Awareness Month in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

South Asian Heritage Month

 

Whereas; South Asian Heritage Month is a time to learn about and celebrate the history of Canadians of South Asian descent.

Whereas; This month provides an opportunity for all residents to reflect on the rich history, culture and heritage of Canadians of South Asian origin and to learn about the many contributions made by the community in our town.

Whereas; Asian immigrants who make up almost 2% of the population in New Tecumseth, who all bring a vibrancy through a rich heritage of diverse ethnicities, languages and traditions.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 2023 be designated as South Asian Heritage Month in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

Museum Month

 

Whereas; museums and heritage sites are all important cultural institutions that highlight our shared identity and provide opportunities to learn about the unique history of our town.

Whereas; The Museum on the Boyne located in Alliston, has a large collection of household, agricultural, industrial and archival artifacts. Our exhibits trace the growth of South Simcoe from early settlement to present day and show the richness of our local history. 

Whereas; It is important to recognize all the ways that museums and other cultural institutions help shape how we come to understand ourselves.

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth acknowledges its rich past and supports the preservation of the town’s history. The town’s heritage continues to remind us of how New Tecumseth has evolved into a diverse community. Remembering our past helps to shape our future.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 2023 be designated as Museum Month in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

 

 

First Responders Day

 

Whereas; first responders are frontline heroes who protect our city and its residents every day.

Whereas; Police, Paramedic and Fire services provide life-saving service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Their actions make a life and death difference for people seeking emergency assistance.

Whereas; First Responders Day provides us with a chance to recognize the hard work and dedication of our first responders, Their commitment to our residents and our city has helped us navigate these unprecedented times and ensure that people feel safe.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 1, 2023, be designated as First Responders Day in the Town of New Tecumseth and we salute these dedicated individuals and thank them for all that they do to keep our communities and our residents safe.

 

Children's Mental Health Week

 

Whereas;  Raising awareness about the importance of child and youth mental health is crucial to helping reduce stigma associated with accessing vital support.

Whereas; Ensuring that families know about the availability of free, accessible and inclusive child and youth mental health services and how to access the to help create healthy, thriving and connected communities that support personal growth and wellbeing. 

Whereas; Providing early intervention and treatment for child and youth mental health is essential. All children, youth and their families in need of mental health supports must have access to services when and where they need them.

Whereas; The colour green is used to celebrate child and youth mental health as it represents hope, grown, and transformation.

Therefore; be it resolved; that May 1-7, 2023, be designated as Children's Mental Health Week in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

Privacy Awareness Week

 

Whereas; Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) is an initiative started by APPA back in 2006. Since then, it has been held every year to promote and raise awareness for numerous privacy issues and the importance of protecting personal information.

Whereas; As a part of PAW, members hold a variety of different events and undertake various activities for individuals, businesses and government organizations. The theme of PAW 2022 is 'Privacy: The foundation of trust'.

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth is committed to protecting the privacy of individuals, and will ensure that privacy protection continues to play a key role in an open, accessible and transparent government.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 1-7, 2023 be designated as Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

Youth Week

 

Whereas; Youth in New Tecumseth accounts for almost 35% of our population and who are vital part of this city’s social, cultural and economic fabric. The contributions of our diverse young people help make our town the vibrant, world-class town that it is.

Whereas; Youth Week promotes opportunities to help youth achieve mental and physical well-being, develop essential skills, and participate meaningfully in their communities.

Whereas; The Town is committed to understanding the issues that matter most to youth by involving them in city building conversations. It is dedicated to providing recreation, employment, engagement housing and health supports to assist young people to thrive socially, physically and economically

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 1-7, 2023, be designated as Youth Week in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

Mental Health Week

 

Whereas; this year marks the 71st anniversary of Mental Health Week, which seeks to raise awareness about the importance of good mental health.

Whereas; Every year, one in five Canadians experience mental health challenges or illness. The pandemic has heightened mental health challenges and has taken a toll on our mental health and well-being. Forty percent of Canadians have said that their mental health has deteriorated since the onset of the pandemic.

Whereas; The theme of this year’s Mental Health Week encourages us bring empathy alive with the people in your life. Be there, listen completely, and see the world through their eyes. It’s how to really help. #GetReal.

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth is committed to continuous improvement in workplace mental health and well-being. Organizations, workplaces and individuals are encouraged to raise awareness about mental health issues affecting Canadians.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 1-7, 2023, be designated as Mental Health Week in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

World Maternal Mental Health Day

 

Whereas; as many as 1 in 5 new mothers experiences some type of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMADs), often with tragic and long-term consequences to both mother and child; and

Whereas; this day recognized that women of every culture, age, income level and race can develop perinatal mood and anxiety disorders with symptoms appearing any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth; and

Whereas; Increasing awareness will drive social change with a goal toward improving the quality of care for women experiencing all types of PMADs, and reducing the stigma of maternal mental illness; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 3, 2023, be designated World Maternal Mental Health Day, to encourage all to ask new moms how they are really feeling and encourage them to seek help if needed.

 

International Firefighters' Day

 

Whereas; Firefighters dedicate their lives to the protection of life and property. Sometimes that dedication is in the form of countless hours volunteered over many years, in others it is many selfless years working in the industry. In all cases it risks the ultimate sacrifice of a firefighter’s life.

Whereas; International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is a time where the world’s community can recognize and honour the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible. It is also a day in which current and past firefighters can be thanked for their contributions.

Whereas; The IFFD ribbons are linked to colours symbolic of the main elements firefighters work with – red for fire and blue for water. These colours also are internationally recognized as representing emergency service.

Therefore, be it resolved, that May 4, 2023, be designated as International Firefighters' Day in the Town of New Tecumseth and an opportunity to thank the men and women of the New Tecumseth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services.

 

Occupational Health and Safety Week

 

Whereas; Occupational Health and Safety Week was first launched in 1997 to raise awareness and recognize the need for workplaces to be healthy and safe in order to protect employees, their families and their communities.

Whereas; By understanding the importance of occupational health and safety, employers, employees, partners and the public can play essential roles in fostering a safety-minded culture.

Whereas; The Town provides programs and services to meet the public health and safety needs of the town, communities and families. Prevention, education and communication are vital to creating healthy and safe communities, workplaces, hospitals, schools and homes.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 4-10, 2023, be designated as Occupational Health and Safety Week in the Town of New Tecumseth and we pay tribute to the work done by Town staff and those in the community who work to keep New Tecumseth health and safe.

 

 

Emergency Preparedness Week

 

Whereas; Emergency Preparedness Week is an annual event that encourages everyone to be prepared so they can cope with emergencies.

Whereas; it is understanding that emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility. Everyone can reduce the potential risks they face by understanding what emergency risks are, learning about how to prepare for them and making plans to help themselves, their families and their communities.

Whereas; The week is also an opportunity to showcase the programs, training and equipment that have been put in place to enhance the safety and security of Canadians in their physical and cyber environment. Emergency Preparedness Week is celebrated annually in every part of Canada by all levels of government.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 7-13, 2023, be designated as Emergency Preparedness Week in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

Hospice and Palliative Care Awareness Week

 

Whereas; May 7-13 2023 has been designated National Hospice Palliative Care Awareness Week and is supported by Matthews House Hospice; and,

Whereas; This week’s focus is about living your life – and living it well – right to the end. People are encouraged to learn more about Hospice Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning; and,

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth recognizes the importance of awareness and education about the network of palliative care service within the community.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 7-13, 2023, be designated Hospice Palliative Care Week because as a community our goal is for all to receive quality hospice palliative.

 

V-E Day

 

Whereas; on May 8 we mark V-E Day to recognize the end of World War II in Europe in 1945, ushering in what would come to be known as Victory in Europe (V-E) Day.

Whereas; Canada made a substantial military contribution to the war effort with the world’s third-largest navy, fourth-largest air force, and an army with six divisions. Canada also mobilized on the home front to support the war effort. Canada paid a tremendous price for its participation in the war.

Whereas; Seventy-eight years later, we continue to commemorate the legacy of V-E Day, which honours the ultimate sacrifice of those Canadians whose lives were lost at sea, on land or in the air, fighting for our freedom. We salute the resilience of a generation and look to their example as we fight a global pandemic.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 8, 2023, be designated as V-E Day in the Town of New Tecumseth and we acknowledge the bravery and courage of all Canadians who fought for the peace and freedom we enjoy today.

 

National Nurses Week

 

Whereas; Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services. These are the people who devote their lives to caring for mothers and children; giving lifesaving immunizations and health advice; looking after older people and generally meeting everyday essential health needs. They are often, the first and only point of care in their communities. The world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030; and

Whereas; The theme for 2023, Our Nurses. Our Future, showcasing the many roles that nurses play in a patient’s health-care journey. The pandemic has brought to light the courage and commitment that nurses work under every day and showed the important role that nurses play in the community; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 8-14, 2023, be designated National Nursing Week to showcase how nurses are central to addressing a wide range of health challenges.

 

Falun Dafa Day

  

Whereas; Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) is an advanced exercise and spiritual practice for mind and body that honours the universal values of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance; and

Whereas; Falun Dafa has benefited both physically and spiritually tens of millions of people from diverse cultural backgrounds in over 100 countries, including Canada, since its public introduction in China in May 1992; and

Whereas; Falun Dafa transcends cultural and racial boundaries and contributes to a more peaceful, tolerant, and compassionate society; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 13, 2023 be designated Falun Dafa Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

 

Apraxia Awareness Day

 

Whereas; Childhood apraxia of speech is a challenging speech disorder that affects nearly 1-in 1,000 children; and

Whereas; Children with childhood apraxia of speech will not learn to speak without frequent, intensive and appropriate speech therapy; and  

 

Whereas; A lack of appropriate speech therapy intervention may impact not only communication but also individual outcomes in education, independence, mental wellness, and employment; and

Whereas; Public awareness about childhood apraxia of speech is essential for families of children with childhood apraxia of speech and the professionals who support them to best advocate for needed services for children learning to use their own voice; and

Whereas; Our highest respect goes to children with childhood apraxia of speech and to their families for their effort, determination and resilience in the face of obstacles.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 14, 2023, be designated Apraxia Awareness Day to raise awareness in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

National Police Week

 

Whereas; May 14-20, 2023 has been recognized as National Police Week. Public safety involves a collaborative effort within police agencies and between police services, first responders, as well as social and community organizations.; and

Whereas; several professionals are required to manage the risks and impacts to the health and safety of Canadians as a result of crime, natural disasters, mental illness, addiction, etc. Health and safety are essentially built on four pillars: treatment, harm reduction, enforcement, and prevention.: and

Whereas; as frontline first responders, police officers are often the gateway to many community supports with a goal to make that first contact meaningful and to achieve the best possible outcome.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 14-20, 2023, be designated National Police Week so as a community we can celebrate them in being an important public safety partner.

 

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia Day

 

Whereas; the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia raises awareness about the violence and discrimination faced by the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

Whereas; Today is a day to condemn discrimination and violence against members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and remember that there are still people in the community whose voices aren’t heard, who hide their identity due to stigma and fear.

Whereas; Everyone deserves the right to live safely in their community regardless of their sexual orientation or gender. Today we reaffirm that hatred and violence have no place in New Tecumseth. It is incumbent upon all of us to stand in solidarity with the community and say homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia will not be condoned in New Tecumseth.

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth is at the forefront of efforts to eliminate racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and biphobia and works to empower individuals and communities to stand up against hatred, intolerance and discrimination.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 17, 2023, be designated as International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

Global Accessibility Day

 

Whereas; Global Accessibility Awareness Day is dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness for digital access and inclusion of more than one billion people with disabilities worldwide; and

Whereas; we honour the progress made and learn new ways we can all work to advance digital accessibility and inclusion; and 

Whereas; accessibility access allows everyone to contribute meaningfully, fully and equally; and 

Whereas; Global Accessibility Awareness Day encourages developers, designers and creators to put a greater focus on digital accessibility and inclusion for all.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 18, 2023, be designated as Global Accessibility Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

 

Personal Support Worker Day

 

Whereas; Personal Support Workers (PSW) have selflessly and tirelessly provided care to our community’s most vulnerable through an extraordinarily challenging year, a year made more precarious by a pandemic the likes of which many of us have never seen; and

Whereas; They have given so much of themselves every day, sacrificing their own health, safety, time with their families, even their own lives to ensure the safety and care of our seniors and vulnerable. PSWs ensure that people in long term care facilities, or in their homes are safe and cared for. They make every effort to provide the best possible care to them, and do it with a sense of compassion and empathy that is the badge of honour of every PSW; and 

Whereas; PSW Day is held every year on May 19. PSWs are the backbone of the health system and approximately 35% of all PSWs in Ontario work in the home and community sector, delivering a range of vital services that reduce the need for more expensive hospital care, emergency room visits, or long-term care; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 19, 2023, be proclaimed Personal Support Worker Day in the Town of New Tecumseth where we celebrate their contributions to our community. We thank all the PSWs and frontline health care workers as they continue to provide this essential and vital work that directly impacts the lives of so many every day.

 

Public Works Week

 

Whereas; public works professionals focus on infrastructure, facilities and services that are of vital importance to sustainable and resilient communities and to the public health, high quality of life and well-being of the people of the Town of New Tecumseth and,

Whereas; these infrastructure, facilities and services could not be provided without the dedicated efforts of public works professionals, who are engineers, managers and employees at all levels of government and the private sector, who are responsible for rebuilding, water supply, water treatment and solid waste systems, public buildings, and other structures and facilities essential for our citizens; and,

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 21-27, 2023 be designated National Public Works Week so as a community we pay tribute to our public works professionals, engineers, managers and employees and to recognize the substantial contributions they make to protecting our national health, safety, and quality of life.

 

Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Week

Whereas; The Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada is a charitable community-based health care organization that has addressed community health and social needs; and

Whereas; VON Simcoe County nurses, home support workers, community service coordinators and many other staff and volunteers have been caring for the lives and well­ being of residents of Alliston since 1991; and VO N's nursing, health promotion and support services make a contribution to the health care system in Ontario; and

Whereas; The theme for 2023, is “Together we are making a difference”, as we celebrate VON’s long history and bright future of leading home and community care in Canada’s health care system, and the outstanding VON employees and volunteers who contribute to life-changing moments every day; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 21-27, 2023, be designated Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Week in New Tecumseth to showcase our dedicated staff and volunteers, and celebrate the caring home and community support they deliver.

 

National AccessAbility Week

 

Whereas; Individuals with disabilities are impacted daily by barriers to accessible information, independent access to facilities, to employment, transportation, and accessible communication supports.  Such barriers often impact an individual’s ability to fully participate in community life.  National AccessAbility Awareness Week is an opportunity to celebrate accessibility and increase our efforts to achieve our goal of becoming an accessible community by eliminating barriers to Town of New Tecumseth facilities, programs and services; and

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth Council and the citizens of the Town of New Tecumseth are committed to working to make the town an inclusive community in which all persons can independently exercise their civil, political, social and cultural rights on an equal basis, and ensuring that everyone has the right to live in conditions of dignity, respect and peace; and

Whereas; On behalf of the Town of New Tecumseth we extend our recognition to all persons with disabilities and offer our support and appreciation to Barrie’s Accessibility Advisory Committee in opening the door to opportunities by making our Town, an inclusive community.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 28 to June 3, 2023, be designated National AccessAbility Awareness Week and encourage everyone to support equality of access, opportunity and outcomes for persons with disabilities. 

 

Doctor Appreciation Day

Whereas; good health is integral to the enjoyment of life;

And whereas; physicians help to provide health care within the community;

And whereas; the community appreciates the services of its physicians. 

Residents and business are encouraged to show their appreciation in ways that will enhance this day of recognition and celebration.

Therefore, be it resolved that May 29, 2023 be designated as Doctor Appreciation Day in the Town of New Tecumseth to celebrate and thank each and every one of our physicians and the work they do to keep our families, friends and neighbours safe. 

 

Bike Month

 

Whereas; the Town of New Tecumseth actively promotes cycling as an essential part of our integrated transportation network and an enjoyable way for people to stay healthy, feel connected to their communities, support local business, and get where they need to go.

Whereas; the Town continues to invest in bikeways and the cycling community to help get Toronto moving, reduce our impact on the environment, and make it safer for all people who use our streets.

Whereas; Bike Month is an opportunity for people to try riding a bike for the first time, learn new skills, or simply have fun and connect with new people. It’s taking the time to rekindle the youthful magic of exploring your neighbourhood by bike or share that joy with the next generation of bike riders. Bike Month is a celebration of cycling.

Therefore, be it resolved; that May 30 – June 30, 2023, be designated as Bike Month in New Tecumseth, a celebration of cycling in the town and encourages people to get outside and ride.

 

 

 

April

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World Autism Day

Whereas; World Autism Awareness Day will be recognized on April 2nd, 2023, in Canada thanks to Liberal Senator Jim Munson’s Bill S-206, An Act Respecting World Autism Awareness Day; and

Whereas; Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects more than 135, 000 Ontarians. ASD is now recognized as the most common neurological disorder affecting 1 in every 66 children, as well as their friends, family and community; and

Whereas; Autism Ontario (formerly Autism Society Ontario) is the leading source of information and referral on autism and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community and is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals with whom they interact; and 

Therefore, be it resolved; that April 2, 2023, be designated as World Autism Awareness Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

Library Giving Day

Whereas; Libraries in Simcoe County play a vital role in early literacy, community connections, digital literacy, life-long education, and (re) training; and 

Whereas; The New Tecumseth Public Library is part of a coalition of libraries joining forces to raise funds through a Library Giving Day campaign. This one-day online fundraising event will occur on April 4, 2023 and will encourage patrons and library lovers to support their library; and 

Whereas; This campaign reminds us that libraries serve as a cornerstone for our communities. In addition to well-loved books, many libraries offer innovative programs that promote lifelong learning, connect patrons to technology, and advance knowledge; and 

Whereas; The New Tecumseth Public Library is dedicated not only to bringing awareness to these important issues, but to providing the services necessary to create a better community to live, work, and thrive. 

Therefore, be it resolved; that April 4, 2023, be designated as Library Giving Day in the Town of New Tecumseth and I encourage all to donate or become a friend to support early literacy, ongoing learning, and access to technology. Better Libraries. Better Communities. Better World.

 

World Parkinson Day

Whereas; Parkinson's disease affects more than 100,000 Canadians and 6.3 million people worldwide with a variety of symptoms including tremors, slowness and stiffness, balance problems, rigid muscles, fatigue, soft speech and depression; and

Whereas; Parkinson Society Canada is the national voice of Canadians living with Parkinson's and its purpose is to ease the burden and find a cure through research, education, advocacy and support services; and

Whereas; Parkinson Society Canada has funded more than $20 million in research grants in its quest to find a cure for Parkinson's disease and has been supporting Canadians with Parkinson's since 1965.; and 

Therefore, be it resolved; that April 11, 2023, be designated as World Parkinson Day in the Town of New Tecumseth and encourage everyone to support Parkinson Society Canada during this campaign.

 

National Volunteer Week 

Whereas; 12.7 million Canadian volunteers give their time to help others, contributing close to 2 billion volunteer hours per year; and

Whereas; volunteers in New Tecumseth mentor our children, feed our hungry, comfort our lonely, beautify our green spaces, and fundraise for our charitable organizations; and

Whereas; New Tecumseth’s volunteers are young, old, families, workers, retirees, men and women of all ages and backgrounds; and

Whereas; the collective result of the work done by our town’s volunteers is that New Tecumseth is a more desirable place to live; and 

Therefore, be it resolved; that April 16-22, 2023, be designated National Volunteer Week. I urge everyone to volunteer and put empathy into action, so we can build communities where people feel happier, healthier, and more welcome – creating a stronger, more connected New Tecumseth.

March

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#ITStarts Month

Whereas; Inclusion, acceptance, and equity are important approaches to the diversity of residents living in any community, especially in our growing and changing Town; and

Whereas; March 21 is recognized as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and

Whereas; The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership (SCLIP) is a community partnership focused on the development of settlement strategies for newcomers.  These strategies bring together and support service delivery to newcomers in Simcoe County while promoting positive relationships, opportunity, and the use of local resources effectively; and

Whereas; This month presents an opportunity to further the resolve as we pause to celebrate the diversity of the human race rather than allow our dissimilarities to become a reason for racial separation; and

Whereas; We encourage all to celebrate the differences in each other such as race, culture, colour, national origin, gender, age, disability and religion.  During this month, the SCLIP will be hosting an awareness campaign and encouraging residents to take a stand and support #ITSTARTS to share their commitment to embracing acceptance, anti-racism and diversity.

 

Therefore, be it resolved; that March 2023 be designated as “#ITSTARTS Month” and encourage all to learn more about and participate in the #ITSTARTS campaign.

 

PROBUS Recognition Month

Whereas; PROBUS Club is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization, that is a worldwide movement in 23 countries. PROBUS originated in England, with the development of two community-based social clubs in the 1960s, formed to meet the social and intellectual needs of retired professionals and people in business: and

Whereas; the PROBUS Club, is an inclusive, apolitical, nonsectarian club for socially engaged men and women in their retirement and semiretirement years to foster fitness and friendship through monthly meetings, a variety of activities, speakers, meals and special events; and 

Whereas; the Clubs offer various interest groups for its members such as Book, Gardening, Golf, Investment, Movie, and Hiking groups; and

Whereas; the PROBUS Clubs objectives are towards acquaintance, fellowship and learning with the mandate of “Our Strength is Fellowship. Our Success is Participation”; and

 

Therefore, be it resolved; that the month of March 2023 be designated PROBUS Recognition Month in the Town of New Tecumseth. 

 

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

WHEREAS; the Town of New Tecumseth is committed to the belief that equal opportunity and treatment should exist for all people; and

 

Whereas; every resident of the Town of New Tecumseth has the right to realize his or her potential, regardless of race, colour, national, or ethnic origin, and live at all times in conditions of dignity, respect, and peace; and

Whereas; the General Assembly of the United Nations has designated March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and

Whereas; the elimination of racism and racial discrimination can be accomplished through understanding and respect for the dignity of all people and is the social and moral responsibility of each person.

 

Therefore, be it resolved; that March 21, 2023, be designated as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and encourage all to learn more about #IDER Day

 

Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness

Whereas; On June 28, 2012, the Purple Day Act (Bill C-278) received a Royal Assent in Canada; and

Whereas; Epilepsy is a common neurological disease that is not well understood, and affects approximately 1 in every 100 persons in ​Simcoe County; and

Whereas; Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disease which affects each person differently, with the effects ranging from mild and relatively minor to extremely serious (which includes death); and,

Whereas; Epilepsy Simcoe County was established in 1978 to assist individuals, families, caregivers, and professionals in our area with education, support, and advocacy in relation to epilepsy awareness.

 

Therefore, be it resolved; that March 26, 2023 be designated “​Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness” in an effort to raise awareness of epilepsy in the Town of New Tecumseth.

 

 February

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Black History Month

 

Whereas; As New Tecumseth’s population becomes increasingly more diverse, we recognize Black History Month as an opportunity to embrace diversity and foster belonging and inclusion; and

Whereas; Black History Month is a time to learn about the stories and many important contributions of local Black Canadian to the settlement, growth and development of Simcoe County, and about the diversity of Black communities in Canada and their importance to the history of this country; and 

Whereas; During Black History Month, Canadians celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who have and continue to do so much to make Canada the culturally diverse nation it is today; and 

 

Therefore, be it resolved; that the month of February 2023 be designated Black History Month in the Town of New Tecumseth. and urge all residents to celebrate our diverse heritage and culture and continue our efforts to create a world that is more just, peaceful and prosperous for all.

 

Women's Institute (WI) Founder's Day

 

Whereas; The Women's Institute (WI), provides a united voice for all women while advocating for health, poverty, food safety, environmental preservation and community support; and

Whereas; they sponsor and promote programs in agriculture, citizenship, home economics, health and welfare, and cultural pursuits; and 

Whereas; they function at the local, regional, provincial, national and international level with a range of activities broad enough to encompass the interests of women; and

 

Therefore, be it resolved; that February 14, 2023, be designated Women’s Institute (WI) Founder’s Day in the Town of New Tecumseth and urge all residents to celebrate with them. 

 

Canada's Agriculture Day

 

Whereas; Canada Agriculture Day is a time for everyone to come together to celebrate Canadian agriculture, share pride in the industry and draw a closer connection between the food we eat and the people who produce it; and

Whereas; Canada’s Agriculture Day is a day designated for our country to come together to recognize and celebrate the men and women who produce the food that Canadians, and people around the globe, love to eat; and

Whereas; on Canada’s Agriculture Day, we recognize and thank the farmers and agricultural businesses for the incredible contribution they make to our community and across the country and the many quality products they provide; and

 

Therefore, be it resolved; that February 15, 2023, be designated Canada’s Agriculture Day in the Town of New Tecumseth. and urge all residents to show our appreciation for the individuals who are the backbone of the food system and to join in this national celebration

and find creative ways to show your support for Canadian agriculture.

 

International Mother Language DayWhereas; International Mother Language Day celebrates language diversity and multilingualism and promotes the preservation and protection of all languages spoken globally. International Mother Language Day was established in Bangladesh and marks the day when people fought for recognition of the Bangla language; and

Whereas; Languages, with their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, are of strategic importance for people and one of the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing heritage; and

Whereas; New Tecumseth is a diverse town and continues to be a welcoming home for people of all cultures who are able to speak their mother tongue freely and peacefully; and

 

Therefore, be it resolved; that February 21, 2023 be designated as “International Mother Language Day” in the Town of New Tecumseth, and we acknowledge the contributions multicultural communities make in strengthening our community.

 

Diversity and Acceptance Day (Pink Shirt Day)

Whereas; Diversity and Acceptance Day (Pink Shirt Day) highlights the commitment to make New Tecumseth a safe and inclusive town, and

Whereas; acts of bullying, discrimination, harassment, intimidation and violence have a profound effect on an individual’s feelings of safety and self-worth and ability to learn, and

Whereas; acts of bullying, discrimination, harassment, intimidation and violence are unacceptable in a safe, caring and orderly society, and

Whereas; Diversity and Acceptance Day (Pink Shirt Day) is an opportunity to recognize efforts to build communities that foster respect, inclusion, fairness, equity and compassion, and

Whereas; Diversity and Acceptance Day (Pink Shirt Day) is an opportunity to actively promote respectful and kind behaviour, and

 

Therefore, be it resolved; that February 22, 2023, be designated “Diversity and Acceptance Day (Pink Shirt Day)” in the Town of New Tecumseth. and urge to support this initiative.

 

Coldest Night of the Year

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth and its citizens are encouraged as a community to support the vulnerable, by means of the Coldest Night of the Year walk; and

Whereas; The Coldest Night of the Year is a family-friendly fundraising walk that supports local charity partners like S.H.I.F.T. (Support and Hope for Individuals and Families Today) who provide essential care and service for people experiencing homelessness, hurt, and hunger; and

Whereas; The Coldest Night of the Year is a moment each year when tens of thousands of Canadians step outside the warmth and comfort of home to shine a light of welcome and compassion in their communities; and

 

Therefore, be it resolved that February 25, 2023 be designated Coldest Night of the Year in the Town of New Tecumseth. and urge all residents to support the vulnerable in our community.

 

Rare Disease Day

Whereas; Rare Disease Day is the globally coordinated movement on rare diseases, working towards equity in social opportunity, healthcare, and access to diagnosis and therapies for people living with a rare disease; and 

Whereas; Rare Disease Day has played a critical part in building an international rare disease community that is multi-disease, global, and diverse, but united in purpose; and

Whereas; there are more than 6,000 known rare diseases, including over 200 rare cancer types and up to 5.9% of the population has a rare disease with 79% of these diseases being classified as genetic disorders; and

Whereas; individuals and families affected by rare diseases often experience problems such as delays in obtaining an accurate diagnosis, difficulty finding a health care provider with expertise in their condition, and a lack of access to treatments or ancillary services

 

Therefore, be it resolved; that February 28, 2023, be designated Rare Disease Day in the Town of New Tecumseth to show support and raise awareness for individuals living with rare diseases.

 

 

 January
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International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

Whereas; on this day, in 1945, Soviet troops liberated the Nazi Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, which exposed the atrocities and genocide that took place there. Today, on the 77th anniversary of the liberation, we remember and honour all victims of the Holocaust, who suffered immeasurable trauma and died at the hands of Nazi occupiers, as well as the survivors who bear the lasting scars of that same trauma; and

Whereas; In 2005, the United Nations adopted a resolution declaring January 27 as International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. It is incumbent upon all of us to identify and condemn all forms of anti-Semitism, hate and discrimination. We must also act collectively to condemn Holocaust-denial so that we may remember what took place, and stand firm in ensuring that atrocities like this never happen again; and

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth recognizes the importance of taking collective action against anti-Semitism to create a just and inclusive town. This commitment is at the forefront of efforts to eliminate hate crimes while empowering individuals and communities to stand up against hatred, intolerance and discrimination.

 

Therefore, be it resolved; that January 27, 2023 be designated “International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust” in the Town of New Tecumseth. and encourage residents to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to promote a better understanding of the tragedies that took place during WWll.

2022
 December
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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

Whereas; this day remembers the horrific act of violence against women at L’École Polytechnique de Montreal on December 6, 1989; and

Whereas; this day is not just about remembering victims; it is also a time to take action. We each have the opportunity and the responsibility to stand up against misogyny, sexism, and hate — and it starts with creating a culture of respect; and

Whereas; this day represents an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the fact that women in Canada, and around the world, continue to face disproportionate levels of violence each and every day; and

Therefore be it resolved; that December 06, 2022 be designated National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, to consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. 

 

Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamaphobia

Whereas; today we remember the lives lost and people that were injured when a gunman walked into the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec just after evening prayers had concluded on January 29, 2017; and

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth is committed to eliminating Islamophobia, racism, xenophobia and discrimination of all kinds and continues to promote fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for all those who are at risk of experiencing discrimination, hate or violence; and

Whereas; Today, we join other Canadians to remember the victims, to condemn these acts of violence, and to reaffirm the town’s stand against discrimination of any kind including that directed at any faith or faith group.

 

Therefore, be it resolved; that January 29, 2023 be designated as “Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia” in the Town of New Tecumseth and encourage all to build a foundation for change by removing barriers and promoting a more inclusive and equitable town for all, where every person is able to participate and succeed fully and safely.

 

 November

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Woman Abuse Prevention Month

Whereas; It is every woman’s fundamental right to live in safety and security in her home and community – free from the threat of violence; and

Whereas; This month provides the opportunity to raise awareness about violence against women and it’s prevention, and has been recognized in Ontario since 1986; and

Whereas; Woman abuse is not a women’s issue, it is a human rights issue, and it affects us all. Spousal violence has psychological, physical, social and economic impacts for victims, their families and society; and

Therefore be it resolved; that November 2022 be designated Woman Abuse Prevention Month so that together we can work to eliminate woman abuse.

 

World Diabetes Day

Whereas; the United Nations has official recognized November 14 as World Diabetes Day, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting of Alliston, who co-discovered insulin in 1922.

Whereas; Diabetes concerns every family.  There are over 425 million people worldwide with diabetes. It is a leading cause of blindness, amputation, heart disease, kidney failure and early death.

Whereas; Raising awareness, helping youth and families to understand how to reduce their risk of youth-onset Type 2 diabetes and encouraging early testing are the practical weapons available in the fight against diabetes in line with 2022 campaign - education to protect tomorrow; and

Therefore be it resolved; that November 14, 2022 be designated World Diabetes Day so as a community we honour and celebrate Sir Banting’s contributions and join in the fight against the worldwide diabetes pandemic. 

 

National Children's Grief Awareness Day

Whereas; National Children’s Grief Awareness Day is a day focused on bringing to mind all children who are grieving the death, divorce or deployment of a loved one – children who typically feel very alone in their journey of grief; and

Whereas; Children who have had a loved one die, experience a divorce or deployment of a close family member can carry that loss with them for a long time, causing confusion, sorrow and fearfulness as they struggle to understand; and

Whereas; The third Thursday in November has been designated as National Children’s Grief Awareness Day and encourage everyone to wear blue in an effort to raise awareness and show their support for bereaved children and the grief agencies which serve those young people confronted by the reality of death, divorce or deployment.

Therefore be it resolved; that November 17th, 2022 be designated as “Children’s Grief Awareness Day” and encourage all in New Tecumseth to recognize and assist Rainbows For All Children Canada and other organizations in their work on behalf of grieving children and teens.

 

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Whereas; violence continues to be the greatest gender inequality rights issue for women, girls and gender-diverse individuals and November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month; and

Whereas; Gender-based violence is a human right issue which our community must work together to address, prevent and address through public awareness and education; and

Whereas; on November 25th, The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, recognizing that the courage of a woman alone is not enough, it takes an entire community to end gender-based violence; and

Therefore be it resolved; that November 25, 2022 be designated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and urge all citizens to recognize this day by taking action to support survivors of gender- based violence and becoming part of Ontario wide efforts to end gender-based violence.

 

 October

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Islamic Heritage Month

Whereas; Islamic Heritage Month celebrates the diversity and vibrancy of our town's Muslim community; and Whereas; Islamic Heritage Month provides an opportunity to learn about the rich Islamic history and culture in our community; and 

Whereas; the Town of New Tecumseth recognizes the significant contributions of the local Muslim community to the economic, social and cultural fabric of our region; and 

Whereas; the town’s Muslim community promotes inclusiveness, multiculturalism and diversity as values that strengthen and enrich our community; and 

Therefore be it resolved; that the month of October 2022 be designated Islamic Heritage Month in the Town of New Tecumseth. 

 

RETT Syndrome Awareness Month

Whereas; Rett syndrome is a rare genetic neurological disorder that occurs almost exclusively in girls and leads to severe impairments, affecting nearly every aspect of the individual's life. Rett syndrome occurs worldwide in 1 of every 10,000 female births and is even rarer in boys, but not impossible. Rett syndrome is usually recognized in children between 6-18 months of age as they begin to miss developmental milestones or lose abilities they had once gained; and

 Whereas; as there is no Canadian Rett Syndrome Association, the Ontario Rett Syndrome Association (O.R.S.A.) has members from many provinces across Canada and through donations and fundraising efforts have been able to fund the Canadian Rett Syndrome Registry, fund over $678,000 in Canadian Rett syndrome research, and fund and support Rett clinics in Ontario. Currently, the Rett syndrome clinics are located at the Holland Bloor View Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, and Thames Valley Children's Centre, London, provide direct critical support to families and their loved one regarding care and management issues; and

Therefore be it resolved; that the month of October 2022 be designated RETT Syndrome Awareness Month in the Town of New Tecumseth. 

 

Fire Prevention Week

Whereas; New Tecumseth’s first responders are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education; and

Whereas; New Tecumseth’s residents are responsive to public education measures and are able to take personal steps to increase their safety from fire, especially in their homes; and

Whereas; the 2022 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Fire Won't Wait. Plan Your Escape” effectively serves to remind us to stay alert and use caution when cooking to reduce the risk of kitchen fires; and

Therefore be it resolved; that October 9-15, 2022 be designated Fire Prevention Week and I urge all the people of New Tecumseth to check their kitchens for fire hazards and using safe cooking practices during Fire Prevention Week 2022, and to support the many public safety activities and efforts of New Tecumseth’s fire and emergency services.

 

Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day

Whereas; Years of research confirms the benefits of high-quality childcare for young children’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical development and later life outcomes; and

Whereas; Child care promotes the well-being of children and responds to the needs of parents and the broader community by supporting quality of life so that citizens can fully participate in and contribute to the economic and social life of their community; and

Whereas; trained and knowledgeable Early Childhood Educators and childcare staff are the key to quality in early learning and childcare programs and champions for children; and

Whereas: trained and knowledgeable Early Childhood Educators and childcare staff are the key to quality in early learning and childcare programs and champions for children; and

Therefore be it resolved that: that October 18, 2022 be designated Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day in recognition of the education, dedication and commitment of child care workers to children, their families and quality of life of the community.  

 September

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Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month

Whereas; Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) is a progressive lung disease where scarring of the lung tissue prevents the essential flow of oxygen to the bloodstream, resulting ins vital organs being deprived of the necessary oxygen to survive; and

Whereas; PF can be linked to environmental exposures or autoimmune disorders, but for many the cause is unknown; and

Whereas; While advances in medicine are slowing the progression of symptoms, PF remains an incurable disease; and

Whereas; Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month is an opportunity to educatie, raise funds for research and give a voice to families touched by this debilitating disease.

Therefore, be it resolved; that the month of September be designated as Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month in the Town of New Tecumseth.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 

Whereas; approximately 10,000 children are living with cancer in Canada today. Each year about 1,500 cases are diagnosed. Because of significant advances in therapy, 82% of these children will survive 5 years or more. Childhood cancer remains responsible for more deaths from one year through adolescence than any other disease; and 

Whereas; this month we recognize the dedication and hard work of all those scientists, healthcare professionals, parent organizations and volunteers who are working to overcome childhood cancer and assist these families. We admire and support the courageous youth and parents who struggle with this disease; and 

Whereas; we applaud and commend the dedicated volunteers at Candlelighters Simcoe Parents of Children with Cancer for the work they do for families of children with cancer in our region. 

Therefore, be it resolved, that the month of September be proclaimed as "Childhood Cancer Awareness Month" in the Town of New Tecumseth.

World Suicide Prevention Day

Whereas; World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is a chance for everyone to join us in promoting understanding about suicide. Those impacted by a suicide attempt or loss; family or friends; charitable organizations; professionals; politicians; volunteers and community members. Every year on Sept. 10, people across the globe connect to continue Working Together to Prevent Suicide; and

Whereas; It is a tragic fact that there are fewer and fewer people who have not been touched by suicide.

Whereas; Recent stats (World Health Organization) show that every day in Canada 10 people will end their lives and up to 200 will make an attempt to do so.

Whereas; Suicide is in the top 10 leading causes of death in Canada. To be certain, suicide is a critical public health issue and a topic we need to keep talking about; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that September 10, 2022, be designated as World Suicide Prevention Day in the Town of New Tecumseth, where every resident can make a contribution in preventing suicide.

Aortic Dissection Awareness Day

Whereas; Aortic Dissection Awareness Day is a day to celebrate global Aortic Dissection Awareness Day (September 19th), when a worldwide movement joins forces to increase awareness of this life-threatening disease.

Whereas; raising awareness of Aortic Dissection, its diagnosis and treatment; providing vital friendship, support and advice for patients and family members; encouraging research into the condition; and working with healthcare providers to ensure that best practice diagnosis and care for Aortic Dissection; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that September 19, 2022, be designated as Aortic Awareness Day in the Town of New Tecumseth, to increase awareness, collaboration and accelerating change to improve patient care & outcomes.

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

Whereas; September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation; as well as Orange Shirt Day; and

Whereas; We honour the legacy of Residential School survivors, their families and communities, and we remember those who died in the residential school system; and is also an opportunity to educate people and promote awareness about the Residential $chool System; and

Whereas; Orange Shirt Day grew out of the story of one survivor, Phyllis Webstad, who had her new orange shirt taken away on her first day at the residential school; and

Whereas; the orange shirt is now used as a vivid reminder of the need for ongoing discussions and work towards Truth and Reconciliation; and on September 30th, we reflect and honour survivors, their families and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Therefore, be it resolved; New Tecumseth residents are encouraged to
honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, wear orange on September 30th and take this opportunity to learn about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.

 August

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Overdose Awareness Day

Whereas; the Town of New Tecumseth does affirm and acknowledge the harm and hardship caused by drug overdose; and

Whereas; we recognize the purpose of International Overdose Awareness Day as remembering loved ones lost to overdose and ending the stigma of drug-related deaths; and

Whereas; we resolve to play our part in reducing the toll of overdose in our community, which claimed the lives of 169 (confirmed and probable) residents in Simcoe Muskoka in 2021, which was 25% higher than the 135 in 2020, with five of these deaths occurring in New Tecumseth with countless more lives affected forever; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that August 31, 2021 be proclaimed as Overdose Awareness Day in New Tecumseth and we acknowledge that people affected by overdose are our sons and daughters, our mothers and fathers, our brothers and sisters, and deserving of our love, compassion and support.

 July

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Fierté Simcoe Pride

Whereas; This marks the eleventh annual Fierté Simcoe Pride, and its purpose is to create a safe and inclusive Simcoe County that supports gender and sexual diversity through services, activities and events; and

Whereas; The Intersex Progress Pride flag is raised to honour gender and sexual diversity in Simcoe County. Valentino Vecchietti designed the Intersex Progress Pride flag in the UK in 2021. The flag is a combination of Gilbert Baker’s 1978 Pride flag, Daniel Quasar’s 2018 Progress Pride flag, and Morgan Carpenter’s 2013 Intersex flag. The flag is a symbol of the Pride movement and the advancement of human rights for sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, sex characteristics; and

Whereas; Fierté Simcoe Pride was formed on May 13, 2012, and its mission is “to create and offer inclusive events, services, and educational opportunities that rise above heterosexism, heteronormativity and homo/bi/transphobia, promoting safe communities within Simcoe County”; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that the July 25 – August 7, 2022, be designated as Fierté Simcoe Pride Season in the Town of New Tecumseth, where every resident is encouraged to recognizes this community’s contributions to the cultural fabric of our town and our commitment to making New Tecumseth a welcoming place for everyone.

 June 

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month

Whereas; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS, is a progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control; and

Whereas; The disease is often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the baseball player Lou Gehrig who died of the disease two years after being diagnosed. 

Whereas; ALS is inherited in five to 10 per cent of people who are diagnosed with the disease. Early symptoms include muscle twitching and weakness in a limb, or slurred speech. Over time Lou Gehrig’s disease affects control of the muscles needed to move, speak, eat and breathe. Research, advocacy, access to services and resources can have a meaningful impact on people living with the disease.; and 

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 2022, be designated as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month in the Town of New Tecumseth. Supporting organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

Filipino Heritage Month

Whereas; Filipino Heritage Month acknowledges the long and rich history of the Filipino community in our city and across Canada; and

Whereas; The Filipino community makes up almost 1% of the population in New Tecumseth and their culture and tradition are deeply rooted and reflected in the town; and 

Whereas; Filipino Canadians have made significant contributions to New Tecumseth’s

socio-economic, political and cultural fabric; and 

Whereas; Filipino Heritage Month, which coincides with the Philippines Independence Day on June 12, a day that celebrates democracy, freedom and culture. It is an opportunity to reflect on and learn more about the contributions the Filipino community have made in our town and in the world. 

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 2022, be designated as Filipino Heritage Month in the Town of New Tecumseth. 

Italian Heritage Month

Whereas; this month, we take the opportunity to acknowledge the history and culture of the Italian community in Toronto and across the country; and

Whereas; The Italian community makes up over 10% of the population in New Tecumseth and their culture and tradition are deeply rooted and reflected in the town; and 

Whereas; Italian Canadians have made significant contributions to New Tecumseth’s socio-economic, political and cultural fabric; and 

Whereas; During Italian Heritage Month, we also recognize and celebrate June 2 as Italy’s Republic Day 

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 2022, be designated as Italian Heritage Month in the Town of New Tecumseth and I encourage everyone to learn more about how the Italian community continues to contribute to our cultural fabric through food, music, and art.

National DeafBlind Awareness Month

Whereas; during this month, we raise awareness of deafblindness, a sight and hearing impairment that affect’s people’s communication, their ability to access information and their mobility; and

Whereas; Those living with deafblindness can access a number of services to assist in their daily lives. Intervenors who provide sensory information for those living with deafblindness along with dedicated support workers can provide the links needed in helping them live safely and independently; and

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth is committed to continuing our efforts in becoming an accessible city for everyone by working to identify, prevent and remove barriers to accessibility; and 

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 2022, be designated as National DeafBlind Awareness Month in the Town of New Tecumseth.

National Indigenous History Month

Whereas; Every June, Canadians are invited to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous People in Canada; and 

Whereas; National Indigenous History Month is a time to acknowledge the role Indigenous peoples played in the development of Canada, to honour Indigenous heritage and to celebrate Indigenous cultures; and It is also an opportunity to reflect on the strength of present day First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities, and their hopes for the future; and 

Whereas; Indigenous History Month provide residents of the Town of New Tecumseth an opportunity to learn about Indigenous history, perspectives and culture, and help us build stronger relationships rooted in mutual respect and understanding; and 

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 2022 be designated National Indigenous History Month in the Town of New Tecumseth.

Parks and Rec Month

Whereas; in New Tecumseth, we are fortunate to have a variety of recreation and parks systems providing countless recreational opportunities for residents and visitors from around the world; and 

Whereas; recreation enhances quality of life, balanced living and lifelong learning; helps people live happier and longer; develops skills and positive self image in children and youth; develops creativity; and builds healthy bodies and positive lifestyles; and 

Whereas; recreational participation builds family unity and social capital; strengthens volunteer and community development; enhances social interaction; creates community pride and vitality; and promotes sensitivity and understanding to cultural diversity; and 

Whereas; parks, open space and trails provide active and passive outdoor recreation opportunities, help maintain clean air and water; and promotes stewardship of the natural environment; and 

Therefore be it resolved; that the month of June be designated as Recreation and Parks Month in recognition of the benefits and values of Recreation and Parks.

Portuguese Heritage Month

Whereas; Portuguese Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the richness of the Portuguese culture and offers an opportunity to learn more about our Portuguese community, while helping preserve it for future generations; and

Whereas; The Portuguese community makes up almost 3% of the population in New Tecumseth and their culture and tradition are deeply rooted and reflected in the town; and 

Whereas; During Portuguese Heritage Month we celebrate the Portuguese Republic’s National Day on June 10. On this day and throughout the month, we can learn more about the many outstanding contributions Portuguese Canadians have made to our city and around the world; and 

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 2022, be designated as Portuguese Heritage Month in the Town of New Tecumseth and we recognize and honour the long history of the Portuguese community in our town and across Canada.

Senior's Month

Whereas; Seniors’ Month is an annual province-wide celebration; and 

Whereas; seniors have contributed and continue to contribute immensely to the life and vibrancy of this community; and 

Whereas; seniors continue to serve as leaders, mentors, volunteers and important and active members of this community and their contributions past and present warrant appreciation and recognition and their stories deserve to be told; and 

WHEREAS; the health and well-being of seniors is in the interest of all and further adds to the health and well-being of the community and the knowledge and experience seniors pass on to us continues to benefit all; and 

Therefore, be it resolved; that the month of June be designated as Seniors’ Month in the Town of New Tecumseth and encourage all citizens to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our seniors

United Pride Month

Whereas; the Town of New Tecumseth cherishes the value and dignity of each person and appreciates the importance of equality and freedom. Welcoming all to live, work, play, and every family, in any shape, deserves a place to call home where they are safe, happy, and supported by friends and neighbors; and 

Whereas; the Town denounces prejudice and unfair discrimination based on age, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical attributes as an affront to our fundamental principles; and 

Whereas; the Town appreciates the cultural, civic, and economic contributions of lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, plus (LGBTQ2+) as well as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) community which strengthen our social welfare; and 

Whereas; it is imperative that young people in our community, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression, feel valued, safe, empowered, and supported by their peers and community leaders; and 

Therefore, be it resolved; that the month of June 2022 be designated as United Pride in the Town of New Tecumseth and urge residents to recognize the contributions made by members of the LGBTQ2+ and BIPOC community and to actively promote the principles of equality, liberty, and justice.

Canadian Armed Forces Day

Whereas; our dedicated and courageous Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) keep our country and its citizens safe every day; and

Whereas; Our Armed Forces made up of the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy, and Royal Canadian Air Force, can be counted on to serve their country with pride, compassion and dedication while ensuring Canadians receive the assistance they require. There are approximately 2,000 CAF personnel who are deployed in more than 20 different military operations at home and abroad; and 

Whereas; We recognize and honour all current and former Canadian Armed Forces personnel for their military service and thank them and their families for their sacrifices as they bravely serve our country; and 

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 6, 2022, be designated Canadian Armed Forces Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

Grad Week

Whereas; this week we celebrate the graduates from elementary school, high school, colleges and universities and all those graduating in 2021; and

Whereas; Congratulations graduates, you did it. Despite the challenges brought forward by the pandemic over the last school year you succeeded in adapting to those changes and completing your school year. We commend your teachers, parents and loved ones who have supported you each step of the way and the work you have done to get to this point; and 

Whereas; As you close one chapter of your development and move to the next, we wish you a successful and bright future. You deserve to celebrate this momentous occasion and the resiliency you have demonstrated over the last year.; and

Therefore, be it resolved, that June 19-25, 2022, be designated Grad Week in the Town of New Tecumseth. Congratulations to our graduates!

Intergenerational Day

Whereas; Intergenerational Day celebrates the power of intentional and respectful connections between older adults, children and youth and raises awareness around the significant role that positive connections between generations can make; and

Whereas; Respectful intergenerational relationships provide a way for people to obtain an understanding of aging. Friendships between older and younger people help promote self-esteem and feelings of well-being that make communities stronger; and 

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth supports healthy communities across the town by partnering with and investing in people, services, programs and facilities to strengthen social, economic and physical conditions that impact town-wide change; and 

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 1, 2022, be designated as Intergenerational Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

Longest Day of Smiles

Whereas; Operation Smile Canada announces 19 June 2022 as the Longest Day of SMILES to celebrate the joy of providing smiles to children born with cleft conditions in low- and middle- income countries; and

Whereas; Operation Smile is a global medical charity helping to improve the health and lives of children in more than 60 countries, provided more than 300,000 children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial differences with free, life-changing surgical procedures and dental care; and 

Whereas; The Longest Day of SMILES will bring together Canadians from across the nation to raise funds, awareness, and share smiles, with each other and with children born with cleft conditions. Now, more than ever, we all need a reason to smile; and 

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 19, 2022, be designated as “The Longest Day of SMILES” Day in the Town of New Tecumseth. A day which recognizes the importance of a smile and the power of sharing smiles with children in low- and middle- income countries.

National Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism Day

Whereas; this year marks the 37th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack in Canadian history, when all 329 people on board Air India Flight 182 including 280 Canadians, were tragically killed when it was bombed on June 23, 1985; and 

Whereas; Today, on the 17th National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism, we remember the victims of Flight 182 and all victims of terrorism, who lost their lives as a result of these acts of violence. We also remember the family and friends whose lives are forever changed by losing loved ones to terrorist acts; and 

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth strongly condemns all acts of terrorism as we work hard to continue to promote equity, human rights and safety for all residents. The Town is committed to working with others to make the world a safer and better place for everyone, while recognizing that work still needs to be done to achieve peace; and 

Therefore, be it resolved, that June 23, 2022, be designated National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism in the Town of New Tecumseth.

National Health and Fitness Day

Whereas; National Health and Fitness Day is a day to encourage everyone to get out and get active; and

Whereas; Physical activity is a great way to help lead healthier lives and promotes both physical and mental health; and 

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth provides programs and services motivating residents to engage in physical activity. Remaining active and keeping healthy helps improve the overall health of our communities and makes our town more vibrant and resilient; and 

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 4, 2022, be designated as National Health and Fitness Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Whereas; this day was first proclaimed in 1996 to celebrate the unique heritage, diversity and valued contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.; and 

Whereas; During this year’s recognition, we pause to remember all Indigenous children who didn’t return home and their families who lost their loved ones, and the survivors of the residential and day schools.; and 

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth strives to strengthen the Town’s relationship with Indigenous communities and advance reconciliation. The Town is committed to working with all Indigenous peoples in a meaningful way to help address their unique needs and work with the community to find solutions.; and 

Therefore, be it resolved that June 21, 2022, be designated National Indigenous People’s Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

St. John Ambulance Week 

Whereas; 2022 represents the 81st anniversary of the establishment of the Barrie Simcoe Muskoka Branch of St. John Ambulance; and 

Whereas; the Barrie Simcoe Muskoka Branch has been serving the community for the past 80 years and fulfilling the mission to enable Canadians to improve their health, safety and quality of life by providing training and community service; and  

Whereas; this branch supports six volunteer community service groups, including; two Medical First Response Units, two Therapy Dog units, one Youth unit and one Car Seat Educator Team; and 

Whereas; In 2020 the 181 volunteers of the Branch provided the community with approximately 11, 750 hours of volunteer services; and 

Therefore, be it resolved; that the month of June 20 -25, 2022 be designated as St. John Ambulance Week in the Town of New Tecumseth.

World Blood Donor Day

Whereas; World Blood Donor Day recognizes the lifesaving gift given by those who give blood to help save lives and improve the health of others; and

Whereas; the World Blood Donor Day slogan is "Give blood and keep the World beating". Highlighting the essential contribution that blood donors make to keep the world pulsating. That is by saving lives and improving other's health; and

Whereas; Reinforces the global call for more people to donate blood regularly and to contribute to better global health; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 14, 2022, be designated World Blood Donor Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Whereas; the Town of New Tecumseth's seniors are valued, contributing members of society, imparting a wealth of experience and wisdom in our communities. They deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. It is our collective responsibility to ensure they live safely and fully engaged within the community that cares about them; and 

Whereas; 2022 Marks the 17th Anniversary of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Its recognition will foster a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older adults; and 

Whereas; Elder abuse is not limited to race, gender, culture, or circumstance, and regardless of whether the abuse is physical, emotional, or financial, it has a significant impact on the lives of individuals and families; and 

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 15, 2022, be proclaimed as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in the Town of New Tecumseth and we encourage all of our residents to recognize and celebrate seniors and their ongoing contributions to the success and vitality of our province, Ontario.

World Environment Day

Whereas; World Environment Day is a global day of action to raise awareness around the environmental issues impacting our world; and

Whereas; Since 1974, World Environment Day has been a call to action to protect our environment by engaging with the government, businesses and citizens to focus efforts on pressing environmental issues; and 

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth is committed to being a leader in conservation and protection of the environment and has taken action with a number of initiatives to promote energy efficiency and clean mobility, continuing to grow and enhance green spaces, addressing climate change, supporting energy-efficient housing and reducing carbon emissions; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 5, 2022, be designated World Environment Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.

World Refugee Day

Whereas; this year marks the 71st anniversary of the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. Today we recognize the hardships and struggles faced by refugees who are forced to flee their home country to escape persecution, war, or violence, and we thank them for the many contributions they have made to our town; and

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth recognizes the need to support refugees as they settle and integrate in our town through the provision of vital programs and support to help with their transition; and 

Whereas; The Town of New Tecumseth is committed to promoting fundamental rights for all Toronto residents regardless of their immigration status, and enhancing the quality of life for refugees and those at risk of experiencing discrimination or violence; and

Therefore, be it resolved; that June 20, 2022, be designated World Refugee Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.