What would you like to see for your community by 2070?
Last week the City announced it was undertaking a 50-year community visioning initiative. Your input will help shape this long-term, community-built plan to guide Wetaskiwin forward to 2070.
“We see #Wetaskiwin2070 as both a way to guide what the city will look like in 50 years, and help everyone better understand what it will take to get there,” explains Wetaskiwin Mayor Tyler Gandam.
The initiative, led by independent consultant Stormy Lake Consulting, is engaging community members in various activities and workshops this fall to gather feedback, perspectives and opinions to help shape the 50-year vision. Engagement opportunities will wrap up later this year, followed by the official launch of the new community vision.
Multiple ways to participate
- Visit the website and share content
Visit haveyoursay.wetaskiwin.ca to learn about the 50-year community vision project and directly share thoughts by answering a few questions, sharing your responses through written submissions, or by uploading a photo.
- Paint a tile for the vision mural
Express your vision for #Wetaskiwin2070 in a creative way, by writing, painting or sketching on an individual tile that will become part of a collaborative vision mural. Any medium can be used on the tile, but permanent markers and paint are recommended. Blank tiles are available at locations and completed tiles will be accepted until Oct. 25. Watch social media and online for additional pick-up/drop-off details.
- Participate in a visioning workshop
Participate in one of two free workshops – in-person from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at Civic Centre, Drill Hall, or virtually from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 – discussing questions exploring Wetaskiwin’s 50-year vision. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, participation is limited and will be first-come, first-serve; register here.
- Get engaged on social media
Residents, organizations, businesses, schools and teams are encouraged to share their perspectives on the 50-year community vision with a written post, image, video or visual graphic on social media, using the hashtag #Wetaskiwin2070. Top posts will have an opportunity to win a prize from the City of Wetaskiwin.
- Write a letter or poem to future Wetaskiwinites
The engagement process will also collect a variety of artefacts for a time capsule that will be buried at a secret location until 2070 – a treasure trove of reflections about life in Wetaskiwin in 2020 and how far the community has come. Community members are encouraged to write a letter or poem to their future selves (or future family members, etc.) about life today, and selected letters will be added to the capsule. Letters can be emailed to email@example.com Oct. 31 with the subject line “Letter to Wetaskiwin 2070”, or mailed to:
Attn: Community Visioning Team
City of Wetaskiwin
Wetaskiwin, Alberta, T9A 2E9
“We thank community members for their participation in this monumental project that will shape our city for decades to come,” says Mayor Gandam.
Watch for regular progress updates and Have Your Say Wetaskiwin!