Social Sustainability Task Force

Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in participating on the Social Sustainability Task Force. The following individuals have been appointed to the Task Force, with two additional spaces reserved for a representative from Fraser Health and the Langley School District:

  • Amanda Henderson (Langley Rivermen Junior A Hockey)
  • Austen Bietenbeck (Student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University)
  • Barb Stack/Ellen Peterson (Langley Division of Family Practice)
  • Chantelle Wegwitz (Seyem' Qwantlen Business Group and Coast Salish Arts & Cultural Society)
  • Deanna Horn (Agricultural Advisory and Economic Enhancement Committee and Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation)
  • Erin Easingwood (Langley School District Foundation and Fort Langley Legacy Foundation)
  • Gary Jones (Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Langley Sustainable Agriculture Foundation)
  • Janet Burden/Fraser Holland (Stepping Stone Community Services Society)
  • Juliet Henderson-Rahbar (Connect Communities)
  • Kristine Carrick (Langley Animal Protection Society)
  • Lisa George (Langley Figure Skating Club)
  • Lisa Sadler (Langley Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Committee)
  • Sherry Baker (Seniors Advisory Committee and Encompass Support Services)

The Task Force will assist with the preparation of the Social Sustainability Strategy, with the purpose of working alongside project staff in generating ideas and providing feedback at key points throughout the process. 

Upcoming meetings of the Task Force are as follows:

  • August 22 between 7:00 and 9:00pm at the Civic Facility (20338 - 65 Avenue).

For more information about the Task Force, review the Frequently Asked Questions below. Have a question we didn’t answer? Contact us at socialplanning@tol.ca or 604-533-6034.

FAQs

The Task Force will be advisory and participatory (i.e. non-voting).  Its objective is to generate community awareness and provide strategic input at key points in the development of the Strategy.  Specifically, the role of the Task Force will be to:

  • Raise awareness of the process and public engagement activities through their various networks
  • Assist with an inventory of social services available in the Township
  • Generate ideas for the vision of the Strategy
  • Review and provide feedback on the draft Strategy
  • Assist with setting priorities by providing input into the implementation plan 

The Task Force will fulfill its mandate by attending about five weekday evening meetings throughout the process to prepare the Strategy (approximately March 2018 – December 2019). The specific dates for these meetings have not yet been determined, but Task Force members should generally be available to meet during weekday evenings.

Attendance and contributions at the other public engagement events would also be encouraged.

The social issues that may be explored as part of the process include, but are not limited to:

  • children, youth, and family issues
  • age-friendly / seniors issues
  • housing (including homelessness)
  • economic security / poverty reduction
  • food security
  • health and wellness (including mental health and substance abuse)
  • community engagement and involvement
  • social interaction and community building
  • arts, culture, and entertainment
  • public safety
  • lifelong learning
  • accessibility, diversity, and inclusion

The Task Force will be established by the Township’s Seniors Advisory Committee and its membership will be subject to Council’s approval.

Members of the Task Force are intended to represent a broad range of interests and include representatives that have experience or expertise in the different social issues that will be explored as part of the Strategy. Members may include:

  • Township residents
  • Members or representatives of:
    • Local first nations, including their associations and affiliates 
    • Local non-profits, community groups, and business organizations
    • Government agencies
  • Local students
Task Force members must be at least 16 years of age.
No, the Task Force will be voluntary. Members will not be paid by the Township of Langley.
The Task Force will serve as only one of many public and stakeholder inputs into the Social Sustainability Strategy. For individuals not selected for the Task Force, there will be many other opportunities to provide input.