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Vernon Library Hosting “Visioning Greater Vernon” Series

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May 29, 2015 - 10:09 AM

The Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library has partnered with City of Vernon and the Social Planning Council of the North Okanagan to create and host a 5-session series of public discussions on “visioning Greater Vernon”. The series kicks off this Saturday, May 30 with an information and brainstorming session on transportation issues. It will be held at the Vernon Library at 2800 – 30th Avenue from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“Part of the role of public libraries is to harness knowledge and creativity, and to engage with the community with the goal of positive social change,” explains program coordinator and Vernon Reference Librarian Kristy Henning.

Saturday’s session will include a panel of presenters on transportation: Wendy Majewski, the Transporation Demand Management Coordinator for the City of Vernon, Amanda Watson, Transportation Engineer with the City of Vernon, Pam Moore, IHA Healthy Built Environment Team, Brad Clements from Okanagan Rail Trail, and Pat Black with the Seniors Action Network. Also included will be a transportation-related library activity for children and childcare during the programming so that parents can participate in brainstorming sessions.

Future sessions will be held on the following dates with these topics:

June 20 - The Future of Water
September 19 - Community Building: Coming together in the age of (dis)connection
October 17 - Sustainable Development: Growing resilience
November 21 - Food: Local, sustainable, attainable

The City of Vernon’s Official Community Plan defines a sustainable city as “resilient in the face of change, and [that] balances the interests of the community with economic and ecological vitality while looking to the future through planning, active participation of the community and the protection of choices for current and future residents.”

All sessions are free and open to all members of the public. For more information, contact the Vernon Library at 250-542-7610.

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