Survey seeks residents’ input on public safety and community connection in Thompson

The City of Thompson, the Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre, and Thompson RCMP are asking residents and regular Thompson visitors to fill out a survey in order to collect updated public health and safety information.

The anonymous survey asks residents to communicate their sense of security and their sense of community connection. The survey includes basic ranked yes-and-no questions, in addition to open-ended questions about residents’ current and future vision of Thompson.

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Thompson Mayor Colleen Smook said in a press release the survey is important, adding residents know of Thompson’s challenges.

“But we need this bird’s eye view to ensure that we capture the voice of the whole community, and to make sure our team is working from a united place of where Thompson is, and where it should be going,” she said. “Tell your family, tell your friends, tell your co-workers. Even tell people who don’t live here, but visit Thompson often.”

Residents can fill out the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QPPPHXC, the city said, or they can obtain a hard copy at City Hall or the Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre. Hard copies can be returned in sealed envelopes to City Hall during office hours, or in the city’s safe deposit box between 8:30 a.m.  and noon. Hard copies will be submitted to the Community Safety and Well-Being Advisory Committee as a whole.The deadline to complete the survey is Aug. 12.

The city said the advisory committee wanted to host an in-person public forum in April, however, public health orders made it impossible. The committee will attempt another hearing when public health orders have changed.

The committee began its work in January 2020 when the provincial government awarded the city with a $35,000 grant to hire Community Safety Knowledge Alliance as consultants to facilitate the planning process.

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