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Newsletter: November 20, 2015

This past Sunday 1700 people came together to celebrate survivors, caregivers and remembered the mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and friends we have lost to Ovarian Cancer. Thank you to the organizers of the Celebration of Life event for a tremendous evening of music, celebration and reflection.

This past Sunday 1700 people came together to celebrate survivors, caregivers and remembered the mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and friends we have lost to Ovarian Cancer. Thank you to the organizers of the Celebration of Life event for a tremendous evening of music, celebration and reflection.

Later this week, London officially launched our Community Economic Road Map. It is the single largest effort our community we have ever undertaken to break down silos. This document was developed by business, not-for-profit, community and academic leaders and it represents economic development plan we can all get behind. Council’s four-year Strategic Plan envisions London as a leader in commerce, culture and innovation – our region’s connection to the world: This strategy further strengthens that position.

While our economy is showing signs of recovery, those most affected by the economic downturn are not yet seeing the same rate of recovery. The Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Poverty, launched in September, is working to change that – Panel members are hard at work to find ways to better identify gaps and barriers in order to better address poverty here in London. The panel held its first community consultation on November 12, specifically to hear from people with lived experience. Thank you to all those who attended and shared experiences, ideas and recommendations. The next round of community consultations will be held on December 10. You can register to attend by visiting http://www.london.ca/city-hall/mayors-office/Pages/Mayor-Advisory-Panel-on-Poverty.aspx. The panel wants to hear from you to make real change in our community.

This week I also had the pleasure of meeting with an amazing young Londoner, Anna, who is 8. Anna sent me a touching letter, offering to help with the Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Poverty. She has been doing incredible work around London and the world, by donating clothes, food, money and medicine to those who are most vulnerable in our community.

Thank you for getting in touch Anna and for all that you do in our community.

As always I look forward to hearing from you. You can connect with me via email: mayor@london.ca  and/or follow me on Twitter @MayorMattBrown and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MattBrownLondon

Sincerely,

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Mayor Matt Brown

PS: Mayor Mathieson of Stratford, Mayor Vanderheyden of Strathroy-Caradoc and I will be at the London Club on November 23 to discuss our region’s unique strengths, opportunities and challenges at the Leading Our Region event. Join the conversation as we move Southwestern Ontario forward together.

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Deputy Mayor Cassidy and Mayor Brown with Anna, a young Londoner who visited the office to discuss poverty in our community.

Celebrating Londoners

  • Congratulations to Ellipsis Digital  for winning the So(cial) Good Design Award for their work on  Be Safe, an app designed to guide youth during mental health crises
  • London entrepreneurs launch TakePlace, a service to match people looking for ­short-term use of unique downtown office locations with property owners who have available room

Around London

The Mayor had the opportunity to attend the following events: 

  • Celebration of Life Ovarian Cancer Fundraising Event at Centennial Hall
  • National Housing Day Forum at Best Western Lamplighter Inn
  • Official launch of the Community Economic Road Map at Museum London with Councillor Park and Councillor Van Holst
  • Breakfast with ClothingWorks event winner Ellen Brown
  • International Students Day breakfast at Western University attended by Deputy Mayor Hubert on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown
  • Grand Opening of Freshii attended by Deputy Mayor Hubert on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown
  • Launch of the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion
  • Greetings at the 20 Under 40 Gala via video
  • 2015 Ontario West Municipal Conference
  • City of London Retirement Banquet
  • London Police Service Board meeting
  • London Convention Center Board of Directors meeting

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Mayor Brown speaking at the launch of the Community Economic Road Map, held at Museum London on Monday, November 16

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City Councillor Anne Marie Gillis of Sarnia, Mayor Joanne Vanderheyden of Strathroy-Caradoc, City Councillor Harold Usher of London, Federal Minister of Small Business and Tourism Bardish Chagger, Member of Parliament for the riding of Waterloo, Deputy Mayor Maureen Cassidy of London, City Councillor Jared Zaifman of London, and Mayor Barry Vrbanovic of Kitchener gathered to discuss Southwestern Ontario.

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Mayor Brown speaking at the opening reception for the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion at the Goodwill Industries on November 19.

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