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Kingston heads to Queen’s Park for second annual Advocacy Day

October 1, 2013 -

Businesses, community organizations and educational institutions profile Kingston with Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs)

Tomorrow the City of Kingston and several community partners travel to the Ontario Provincial Legislature for the second annual Kingston Advocacy Day at Queen's Park.

"Last year was the first time we organized this day with the province, and in year two we continue to step up our advocacy with MPPs at Queen's Park," said Mark Gerretsen, Mayor of Kingston. "Our message to members is about collaboration, and all coming together to make the legislature work. Through days like this, we're continuing to strengthen our relationship with provincial decision makers and showcase the important work we're doing here in Kingston."

The Kingston group – including members of council, senior city staff and several community partners – will interact with MPPs throughout the day as they visit Kingston Day displays set up in two committee rooms from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The group will also attend Question Period and be acknowledged in the legislature by Kingston and The Islands MPP, John Gerretsen. 

"As a Councillor I like to participate in Kingston Day to help promote and celebrate the innovative and creative ideas within our community," said Sandy Berg, Councillor for Kingscourt-Strathcona. "Kingston Advocacy Day is a prime venue to showcase Kingston agencies and companies who support the four pillars of sustainability in the Sustainable Kingston Plan."

Organizations taking part this year include:

  • Seniors Association Kingston Region
  • Kingston Community Health Centres
  • KEDCO
  • Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce
  • Downtown Kingston BIA!
  • Fort Henry
  • Sir John A. Commission
  • Queen's University
  • St. Lawrence College
  • Viva Productions
  • Anchor Concrete
  • Rogers KROCK Centre
  • City of Kingston
  • Utilities Kingston
  • Chien Noir

What our community partners are saying:

"It means a great deal for us to be able to join together with our community partners, including the City of Kingston and St. Lawrence College, to promote the wonderful city we call home. We are particularly pleased to be able to showcase the achievements of our students at Queen's Park, and to demonstrate some of the innovative contributions they are making to our province and its economy."

Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen's University

"The Chamber is pleased to once again be involved with Kingston Day at Queen's Park.  We think this is an important initiative to continue to raise awareness and brand Kingston amongst the province's decision-makers. With advocacy as a key pillar of how the Chamber serves its members, we welcome the chance to interact in this way with government officials to discuss the interests of Kingston business."

Matt Hutcheon, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce

"We look forward to attending Kingston Day with other leaders from the community. It is a great opportunity to demonstrate what makes Kingston such a vibrant city."

Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO, St. Lawrence College

"As a contributor to Kingston's developing arts and heritage tourism industry, the Sir John A. Macdonald Commission welcomes the opportunity to present meaningful partnership opportunities to Queen's Park decision makers. After all, growth in this industry affects the economy and quality of life in all of Eastern Ontario."

Jim Garrard, Executive Director, Macdonald Bicentennial Commission

"Kingston Advocacy Day is an excellent opportunity to continue to keep Kingston top of mind with provincial party leaders. Showcasing the City's innovative entrepreneurs, businesses, exceptional educational partners and attractions raises awareness of the community's assets and the strong ties Kingston has to Queen's Park."

Jeff Garrah, CEO, KEDCO

"Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC) is pleased to participate in Kingston Advocacy Day at Queen's Park during Community Health and Wellbeing Week across Ontario. This is an exciting time in our 25th year of caring, responding and building stronger neighbourhoods in Kingston and area. To better serve our 10,000 clients across Kingston and the SE region, KCHC is consolidating five of our nine programs at 263 Weller Avenue this coming spring (2014). Additionally, our Napanee CHC satellite is scheduled to be built and opened in 2014 -2015. Street Health Centre, which serves the most marginalized, is looking for a new home to better serve this population in the downtown core. We know offering a more integrated model of care helps all of us achieve a better quality of life and reach our full potential. KCHC includes: Better Beginnings Kingston Children, Pathways to Education, Community Health Services, North Kingston Community Health Centre, Immigrant Services Kingston Area, Thrive, Street Health Centre, Napanee and Area Community Health Centre and the Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program."

Sandy Sheahan, Capital Projects Lead - Kingston Community Health Centres

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For more information contact:

Mark Gerretsen, Mayor of Kingston
(613) 546-4291 ext. 1405