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Collaborating with our First Nations is an important priority for us, says Mayor Dahl

Campbell River City Council has officially adopted a new strategic plan for the next four years.

The plan was brought in at a council meeting on Tuesday. It showcases five priorities, each with three focus areas that would help drive Council decision-making and provide direction for staff through these four years.

The priorities are organizational capacity, community growth, healthy and safe community, housing, and collaboration.

Areas include Workplace Culture and Effective Governance for Organizational Capacity, Future Planning and Asset Management for Community Growth, and Indigenous Relationships and Strengthen Partnerships for Collaboration.

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The previous plan used by the council ran from 2020 till this year, with its key priorities included management and governance, livability, economic health, and the environment.

Mayor Kermit Dahl says that changing plans is a common procedure whenever a new council comes in.

“It’s pretty standard for a new council to come and make their own plan, what they are going to look back on at the end of four years, and see how they’ve done,” says Dahl.

“We ran with a fairly clear idea of what we wanted to see in the city, and we felt we had a pretty strong mandate.”

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Dahl adds among the council’s biggest priorities is collaborating with local First Nations.

“When we were running for council, a lot of us said that this city cannot realize it’s true potential without collaboration with the First Nations,” says Dahl.

Maintaining the mental health of city staff is also on Dahl’s mind as they look towards the rest of the term.

Dahl says, “None of the other things that we want to achieve, as far as housing or safety, planning, and growth, could be done with staff that are overtaxed.”

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