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Jane’s Walk

Become a Jane’s Walk Neighbourhood Connector:

DATES: Three Tuesday evenings in a row: March 17, 24 and 31
TIME: 6 – 9 p.m.
LOCATION: Burlington Public Library, 2331 New Street, Holland Room

Food, honorarium and refreshments will be provided for all participants.
Neighbourhood Connectors will be trained on hosting a Jane’s Walk, mapping local stories and community organizing.

APPLY BY:  Friday, Mar. 6, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Apply online here

Jane’s Walk, with the support of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is launching a Neighbourhood Connector program in Burlington. Jane’s Walk is an annual series of free, volunteer-led community walking conversations inspired by urbanist Jane Jacobs. Over 100 cities have participated in Jane’s Walks from Calcutta to Canberra since 2007.

For more details, visit

AnchorRoyal Canadian Legion

The Legion is in need of volunteers to help with their weekly Fish & Chips event in the following positions:

  •  Making coleslaw – about an hour, Thursday mornings
  • Cashier – Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Greeter (directing arrivals to tables) – Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m.

Fish & Chips is the largest revenue generating event the Legion offers.

For more information, visit the Legion’s website.

AnchorSound of Music Festival

Check for more information on how you can be part of the fun either during the festival or year-round on one of our planning committees. The festival is only possible with the help of over 800 volunteers that come out and help. Volunteers needed for: Licensed Areas; Eco team; Fundraising; Parade; Logistics; Info Booths; Family Zone; Stages; Volunteer Centre. Schedules will be posted online March 1.  Sign up early to get the shifts you’d like.


Anchorburlingtons bestNominate someone for a Burlington’s Best Award

Deadline: April 7

Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution to life in Burlington? Maybe you know a volunteer in our seniors’ community, or a teen working to protect the environment? Perhaps you know someone worthy of the title of Citizen of the Year?

Visit to nominate someone deserving of civic recognition for their hard work, compassion and dedication. Nomination forms can be completed online or by picking up a nomination form at City Hall, 426 Brant St.

Nominations will be accepted until April 7, 2015.

There are seven categories of Burlington’s Best:

  • Citizen of the year: A person whose volunteer activity has made a significant and sustained contribution to the vibrancy and wellbeing of the Burlington community.
  • Junior Citizen of the year: A high school student, 18 years or younger who has made a significant contribution to the Burlington community.
  • Senior Citizen of the year: A person, 55 years or older who has advocated on behalf of seniors and/or made a significant contribution to the Burlington community.
  • Environmental Award: An individual or group that improved and/or protects Burlington’s environment.
  • Arts Person of the Year: An individual who has contributed to the arts in Burlington as an artist, patron or advocate including but not limited to, visual arts, media arts, musical arts, performing arts and literary arts.
  • Community Service Award: An individual or group whose volunteer activity has contributed to the betterment of the Burlington community.
  • Heritage Award: An individual who has demonstrated a commitment to the preservation of Burlington’s heritage, and has volunteered their time in an effort to support the preservation of Burlington’s heritage.

AnchorRegister now for Seniors’ Centre Spring Programs

Residents 55 and older can register for spring programs at the Seniors’ Centre. Registration begins on Feb. 28

There are a wide range of programs, including art, dancing, card games, knitting, fitness and computers to name a few.

View the Seniors’ Program Book for a complete list of available programs.

Membership to the Seniors’ Centre is $39.82 per year and the benefits include:

  • Opportunity to participate in member programs at Burlington Seniors’ Centre, Haber Recreation Centre, Tansley Woods and Brant Hills Community Centres.
  • Take advantage of the member fee for day trips.
  • Enjoy the events offered.
  • Become involved in rewarding volunteer work.
  • Vote at the Annual General Meeting.
  • Meet new people in your community.

If you’re a current member of the Seniors’ Centre, complete the survey to provide your feedback on programs and the Bistro Café.

AnchorStrategic plan survey now online 

Residents are asked to provide input into the City’s 2015-18 strategic plan.

Have your say at until March 9.

The 2015-18 strategic plan sets priorities for the future and builds on past successes. In 2011, City Council approved the strategic plan, Burlington, Our Future. The plan includes the vision “where people, nature and business thrive” as well as three strategic directions: vibrant neighbourhoods, prosperity and excellence in government.

There will be many ways to get involved with updating the 2015-18 strategic plan, including joining the Insight Burlington panel, weighing in on Let’s Talk Burlington or getting a group together to complete a strategic plan workbook. Visit to find out more.

For more information, or to get on the contact list for updates or involvement opportunities related to the city’s strategic plan, email or call 905-335-7600, ext. 7378.

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Marianne Meed Ward

Marianne Meed Ward

A Better Burlington began in 2006 after my neighbours said they felt left out of city decisions, learning about them only after they’d been made. As journalist for 22 years, I thought “I can do something about that” and a website and newsletter were born. They’ve taken various forms and names over the years, but the intent remains: To let you know what’s happening at City Hall before decisions are made, so you can influence outcomes for A Better Burlington. The best decisions are made when elected representatives tap the wisdom of our community members, and welcome many different perspectives.This site allows residents to comment and debate with each other; our Commenting Guidelines established in 2016 aim to keep debate respectful. Got an idea or comment you want to share privately? Please, get in touch:

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