Emergency Services Meeting June 21 2019
Right at the beginning of our initiative, we realized it was vital to present our cause to City Council through delegating (presenting) to the city councillors. Consultation with city staff led to the choice of the Emergency Services Meeting on June 21, 2019 as the first engagement with the City. The gallery was packed as the meeting began, with watchers hopeful that the councillors on the committee would make decisions to support our cause. However, we quickly realized that quorum would be lost within the first hour of the meeting, and that that would mean we would not have time to present delegations until there was no longer quorum. So while the delegations were excellent and well received by the committee and listeners, and there were many questions asked by the councillors of Dr Jill and city staff, the only decisions that could be made were to request that staff prepare briefs for the next meeting so that committee members would have the information they need to make decisions.
On the bright side, the committee meeting sparked quite a few communications between staff, councillors, the Mayor, and supporters of #SaveTheWesleyDayCentre and provided excellent impetus for the rally four days later.