Healthy Communities and the Built Environment Workshops

As part of the Healthy Communities and the Built Environment project, led by the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, the CRC provided support in the development of three workshops in the Region of Waterloo - although only two came together under the auspices of the HCBE project.


Healthy Communities and the Built Environment: Working Together for a Livable Waterloo Region

Wednesday January 16, 2008, 8:30-1:00 p.m. (free, lunch and snacks provided)

Organized in partnership with the Waterloo Regional Healthy Communities Coalition, Waterloo Regional Public Health and others, this workshop was well attended.  Participants included planning and health professionals as well as many others - from various levels of govenrment as well as social agencies and community organizations.  Presentations were made by Kevin Eby, Director, Community Planning, Region of Waterloo and Theresa Schumilas, Director, Health Determinants, Planning and Evaluation, Public Health, Region of Waterloo.  These were followed by small group and plenary discussions facilitated by D'Arcy Farlow. 



Best Practices for Walkability and How can Citizens make a Difference on Walkability?

Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 1:30-4:30 and 6:30-8:30

Organized in partnership with the Pedestrian Charter Steering Committee, this became a two part event, loosely aimed at professionals and citizens, respectively.  Dr. Barry Wellar, a well known consultant active in work on roundabouts, traffic calming, active transportation and walkability indexes, was the guest speaker for these events, which were facilitated by Joanne Davis.  


A Workshop and Design Charette on redesigning the schoolyard of Ecole élémentaire L’Harmonie

Due to the interst of Ecole L'Harmonie in greening its schoolyard, time was spent working with members of the school's community on the idea of a workshop to explore the possibilites.  While the notion is generally consistent with objectives of the HCBE project it was eventually decided that the specific interests of the group involved were outside of the project objectives so that support for a workshop would not be appropriate.