Chat with Guelph Mayor Farbridge about community wellbeing

Guelph to host its first telephone
town hall meeting on September 25

GUELPH, Ontario, September 19, 2012 – On Tuesday, September 25 at 7 p.m., 10,000 randomly selected residents will get a phone call from Mayor Karen Farbridge inviting them to participate in a one-hour discussion about the quality of life in Guelph.

"I look forward to hearing lots of great ideas from people across the community about the future of our city," said Mayor Karen Farbridge. "We need to work together to ensure all Guelph residents have the best possible quality of life."

Everyone in Guelph is welcome to participate in the “telephone town hall”. Residents can register in advance at to receive a phone call, or make the call themselves at 1-888-886-6603 x 19843# on September 25 at 7 p.m. The event allows residents across the community to participate in a traditional town hall meeting from the comfort of their own homes. Participants can choose to ask questions or simply listen to the discussion about wellbeing in Guelph.

As part of the ongoing Guelph Community Wellbeing Initiative, the City and its partners collected comments from thousands of people using survey, neighbourhood meetings, comments cards and online conversations. The telephone town hall is one more way for residents to join the conversation.

"We're using several different ways to connect with our community in the hopes of reaching as many people as possible," said Barbara Powell, General Manager of Community Engagement. "This is Guelph’s first telephone town hall, and if people like the way it works we may do it again for future projects or initiatives."

A summary of community input will be presented during the Wellbeing Forum on Thursday, October 11. The forum will gather community leaders, residents, city staff, politicians and stakeholders to review community comments and concerns, and begin developing shared vision, goals, priorities and action plans for wellbeing in Guelph. More information about the Wellbeing Forum is available here.

About the Guelph Community Wellbeing Initiative

Using the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, the City and its partners are measuring Guelph’s quality of life in terms of community vitality, democratic engagement, environment, education, time use, health, leisure and culture and living standards. Learn more about the Canadian Index of Wellbeing and the eight dimensions of wellbeing here.

Its purpose is to develop a shared understanding and vision for Guelph’s future so the City and community partners can make better decisions, improve programs and policies, and increase the wellbeing of people, neighbourhoods and the community as a whole.

In addition, the initiative aims to inspire more people to take action and contribute to Guelph’s community wellbeing – creating a healthy and safe community where people can live life to the fullest.


Barbara Powell
General Manager
Community Engagement
Tel. 519-822-1260 x 2675