Health and safety concerns in our communities are in the news every day. Our seniors are staying in their homes, and retaining their independence longer. Our youth are struggling in the digital world; and few families are without mental health issues.
Mental health is a multi-faceted issue. Increased outreach, peer support and mentoring, community resources and education initiatives are just a few of the things on my list. Mental health resources have historically (and rightly-so) been focused on the individual. Such issues, however, rarely affect one person. I would like to see more resources available to spouses and families who have a loved-one dealing with mental illness.
I believe in the power of working together. Greater engagement between community associations is needed. We need to do a better job of increased interaction, communication and engagement. We can, and will, work together to improve government infrastructure, programs and services including outdoor spaces, city buildings, civic participation and volunteerism. The community is stronger when there is greater cross-collaboration of events and recreational programs in both languages.
Connecting associations and organizations through increasing education and awareness is why I created the eSAX Networking Experience, a quarterly tradeshow for small business to create connections, gain knowledge and promote regional economic collaboration among Chambers of Commerce.