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•  Strategic Planning Committee Organization

Arkona and Area Residents Partnering for Community Revitalisation!

by Mary Ellen Edlington

“ The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. ” These words of Marcel Proust, a french novelist, penned over a century ago hold true for the Businesses and Residents of Arkona and the surrounding area. In a series of community meetings over the last 3 months, the residents of Arkona have been invited to share and explore ideas that will shape the direction of this picturesque, historical, orchard community for years to come.

Judy McLellan, secretary for the Arkona and Area Business Association and Aaron Edlington, a Rural Development Officer with the Foundation for Rural Living have taken the lead in organizing the community meetings which have been held at different venues throughout the community; Rock Glen Family Resort, The Utter Farm and the Senior’s Hall. The response has been excellent, positive and energizing. Jan Lucas, a resident of the community for 38 years (a “new-comer” by some standards), with family ties that go back even further, has appreciated the meetings as an excellent opportunity to meet even “newer” residents and has been amazed at the number of volunteers and people wanting to get involved. Sue and Roy Hartman, owners of the Utter Farm - recently featured in the Sarnia Observer - have guests from all over North America and have been told by many visitors that “Arkona is a treasure just waiting to be discovered”.

The goal is to raise awareness, foster cooperation and establish a volunteer Strategic Planning Committee that will help lead Arkona into the future, affirming the vision of being “Stewards of our heritage, cultivators of our future”. As part of this proactive approach to growth and development, volunteers have been canvassing the community sharing the vision behind the meetings and soliciting feedback in the form of a community survey. Information gathered from the surveys will inform the goals and objectives undertaken by the planning committee and its subcommittees. The Strategic Plan will look at the following growth areas for the community: Business/Economic, Health/Environment, Social/Cultural, Education, Beautification, and Eco-Tourism.

If you would like more information regarding the Arkona Strategic Planning Project or to find out how you can become involved, please contact Judy McLellan, 519.828.3274 or Aaron Edlington, amedlington@yahoo.ca.


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Strategic Planning Committee Organization

                     
       

Strategic Planning
Committee

       
   
Sub-Committees
   

Business/
Economic Growth

 

Education


 

Health/
Environment

 

Cultural/Social
Development

 

Ecotourism


 

Beautification







Strategic Planning
Committee

 

Mission Statement:



Committee Members:

Doug Cook
Aaron Edlington
Julie Gibson
Cynthia Hamilton
Pamela Kaczmarczyk
Judy McLellan
Marjan Pickering
Bob Stark

Next Meeting: October 2005




Business/
Economic Growth

  Mission Statement:



Sub-Committee Members:

Mary Ellen Edlington
Marjan Pickering
Peter Thuss
Tina Thuss




Education


  Mission Statement:

"To educate the Arkona and area community of educational resources and opportunities available for lifelong learning and personal development"

Sub-Committee Members:

Linda Antunes
Cheri Doan
Aaron Edlington
Kat Huffman






Health/
Environment

  Mission Statement:



Sub-Committee Members:

Ken Evans
Wayne Hutton
Jan Lucas
Judy McLellan
Bob Stark





Cultural/Social
Development

  Mission Statement:

“To enhance the quality of life for Arkona citizens of all ages by nurturing and developing social and cultural activities.”

Sub-Committee Members:

Chair: Cynthia Hamilton
Kimberly Carr
Roy Hartman
Susan Hartman
Brian MacKenzie
Cynthia McNair
Mike Vanos




Ecotourism


  Mission Statement:

“To promote the enjoyment of the unique natural resources of Arkona and area by residents and visitors.”

Sub-Committee Members:

Cathy Elliott
Julie Gibson
Bill Holmes
Mark Teeple



Beautification


 

Mission Statement:

“To enhance the visual appeal of Arkona and area, thereby promoting community pride and inviting visitors to continually return.”

Sub-Committee Members:

Joanne Atchison
Erica Goncalves
Pamela Kaczmarczyk
Isabel Marshall
Mary Ellen Smith
Mary Wiendels


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Updated: October 2005 MJP