Dysart creates COVID-19 Community Recovery Task Force

By Staff

On Thursday the Municipality of Dysart's Emergency Control Group announced the formation of the COVID-19 Community Recovery Task Force which is to " support our community and municipal recovery and relief efforts throughout and following the COVID- 19 pandemic."

The task force includes representatives from the municipal business and cultural sectors and is chaired by Dysart's Deputy Mayor Patrick Kennedy. Public members David O’Brien Jim Blake and Andrew Hodgson join municipal representatives Councillor Larry Clarke Mayor Andrea Roberts Dysart CAO Tamara Wilbee and incumbent clerk Mallory Bishop along with Kennedy.

“As we continue to work on our pandemic response from a public health and municipal operations perspective we are already thinking ahead to the economic and social recovery that will be needed in the weeks and months to come" said Mayor Andrea Roberts in a press release June 11. "That’s why it was imperative that we create the task force now in order to gather and provide information to our business and not for profit community to help navigate our pandemic recovery from an economic and cultural standpoint.”

Five pillars of operation were identified by the task force: communication (getting information out) community (identifying groups' needs and how the municipality can help) economic (focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on business) financial (the impact to the municipality) and corporate (focusing on municipal program delivery impacts and how to modify services).

Sector-specific working groups may be created to make recommendations to the task force. The task force may also make recommendations to Dysart et al council and give regular status updates.

“As chair of the task force I believe we have assembled an excellent team of core members who have a diverse background in municipal operations our arts and cultural community and the business community as a whole" said Kennedy in a press release. "The task force will function not only as a focal point for community driven ideas input and solutions but will also be a resource for the community to help navigate the myriad of programs and assistance available”.

For more information on the task force email info@dysartetal.ca.