Members of the Public, Private and Faith Sectors came together to facilitate the Regional Faith Community Summit on Pandemic Preparedness and Response in Calgary, AB on May 14/15, 2008. The Summit was the starting point for gathering 'like-minded' individuals with a common focus that together we could build stronger communities. The Coordinator of this initiative is Marg Pollon and to date we have 19 members. Public Safety of Canada initially challenged Marg to build a template which could be duplicated across Canada. We are in our second year of developing the foundation. We have appreciated having the Public Sectors involvement and continued support.
The Advisory Council is a work in progress as we build relationships of trust across the various sectors. We are jumping the trust hurdles one step at a time with a common vision and goal of building communities which have stronger resilence through any emergency. This is a 'ground-breaking' endeavour where the faith community has an opportunity to be integrated into the Municipal Emergency Management Structure. Traditionally Christians help when needed but this initiative affords a coordinated approach to care for our neighbours. We appreciate the Public Sector's encouraging support of the Faith Emergency Preparedness Initiative.