Town Of Essex Recognized As Youth Friendly Community
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The Town of Essex will receive special recognition for its outstanding commitment to promoting youth engagement in community life this Thursday.
Every year, Play Works, an independent group of organizations committed to encouraging and promoting a greater investment in youth play, recognizes Youth Friendly Communities who provide opportunities for leadership and engagement ranging from arts to recreation to civic leadership.
“These cities and towns have taken a whole-community approach to youth engagement,” stated Parks and Recreation Ontario CEO, Cathy Denyer, in a release. “They have made significant efforts to meet youth where they are at and give them a voice and an active role in decision making. We are seeing great results as youth are empowered to take leadership roles and contribute to the overall health and vibrancy of their schools, neighbourhoods and communities.”
The bronze-level designation will be awarded at the annual Parks and Recreation Ontario Conference hosted in the Town of Blue Mountains.
“This award is another great example of how the Town and its dedicated staff go above and beyond to make our community a great place to grow up,” said Doug Sweet, Director of Community Services. “We are thrilled to receive the recognition and we will continue to invest to engage the next generation of citizens and community leaders.”