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Want to help make Port Moody better? City calls for committee members

Port Moody has seven volunteer committees that range from parks and arts to climate change and transportation.
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The cherry blossoms are in peak bloom in front of Port Moody City Hall, attracting the eye and cell phone cameras of visitors.

Fact: we all have an opinion about how city hall should operate, discuss and prioritize decisions that make the community a better place to live.

Also fact: cities have committees that provide input and influence those decisions, and need voices each year to make them possible.

Such as the case for Port Moody, and city hall is calling on local residents to consider joining a civic committee this month.

The City of the Arts' statement added staff are currently taking online applications for its seven volunteer groups until March 20 from interested residents that can provide multiple perspectives.

This includes a new committee that aims to ensure inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) across Port Moody events and initiatives through council's strategic plan.

For more information and to complete can application, you can visit the committees page on the City of Port Moody's website.

The committees, and a description of their priority focuses, are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Arts, culture, and heritage

  • Provides council with advice and recommendations on issues related to Port Moody’s arts, cultural, and heritage resources in an effort to align these important areas for the benefit of the City of the Arts.
  • This committee combines the former Arts and Culture Committee and the former Heritage Commission into one body.

Climate action

  • Provides council with advice and recommendations on ways in which the city can achieve carbon neutrality in corporate operations, and community energy and emission programs for residents and businesses, specifically through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Economic Development and Tourism

  • Provides council with advice and recommendations on strategic economic and tourism development directions and related matters.
  • This committee combines the former Economic Development Committee and the former Tourism Committee into one body.

IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility)

  • New in 2023, this group provides council with advice and recommendations on inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility issues, strategies, and initiatives.

Parks and environment

  • Provides council with advice and recommendations on parks, recreation and environmental issues.
  • This committee combines the former Parks and Recreation Commission and the Environmental Protection Committee into one body.

Seniors focus

  • Provides council with advice and recommendations on seniors' issues, strategies, and initiatives.

Transportation

  • Provides council with advice and recommendations on traffic and transportation issues and priorities.
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