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The Community Safety and Well-Being Planning workshop, designed for municipal administrators and community partners, teaches the knowledge, skills and practices necessary to develop a local community safety and well-being plan. Ontario’s Bill 68, the Community Safety and Policing Act, mandates all Ontario municipalities to develop and implement a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan by 2021.

The developer of the Community Safety and Well-Being Planning workshop, Hugh C. Russell, was a principal architect behind the province’s community safety and well-being planning strategy. He brought to this initiative more than 50 years of community development experience that spans the globe and close to 40 years’ experience working closely with police, other emergency services and military forces across North America.

Who Should Attend

This learning event is designed for teams (3-4 people) of municipal administrators and their community partners who will be organizing community safety and well-being planning in their own communities.

  • Municipal councilors, CAOs, clerks, treasurers, planners
  • Police leaders, police service board representatives
  • Social services and other community stakeholders and champions

What You Will Learn

  • Work with planning data from your own communityCommunity Safety & Well-being Planning Workshop
  • Create your own planning team; practice working together; and go home with momentum needed to get this job done by 2021
  • Understand and apply the Province’s Framework for Community Safety and Well-being Planning
  • Compare plans developed by other Ontario towns and design the plan best suited for your community
  • Identify your own community assets and figure out how to engage them in community safety planning
  • Discover factors that put community safety at risk and figure out how to reduce them
  • Plan public consultation that reaches all elements of your community
  • Select evidence-based solutions to local safety and well-being challenges
  • Design evaluation for your community safety and well-being plan
  • Become part of a Community-of-Practice with planners from other Ontario towns

Community Safety & Well-being Planning WorkshopOur Approach

Municipal teams bring real planning data from their own communities to work with during the workshop. They complete the workshop as a team, with new knowledge, skills and practice needed to apply themselves to the bigger job back home.

Our Facilitators

Pat Finnegan is a full-time faculty member of Loyalist College’s law and justice studies programs. He brings to this effort over 30 years as an Ontario Provincial Police officer. Pat retired from that career as commander of the Napanee, Ontario detachment where he was known for his deep commitment to police-community partnerships to resolve community problems. Pat is one of our most respected classroom lecturers. He brings a fresh and engaging style of teaching and learners leave his classes motivated to apply what they have learned. Pat specializes in strategies for mobilizing and engaging community organizations to mitigate risks and prevent crime and social disorder.

Russ Grant comes from the world of business where he has worked with large and small organizations to develop programs, foster leaders, increase the quality of teamwork, and solve problems through planning. He has designed and conducted learning programs in coaching, communication, problem solving, creative thinking, conflict resolution, interest based negotiation and gender/cultural diversity. Most recently, he completed a project to increase economic development initiatives in a rural Ontario municipality. Russ’s style is low key, engaging and encourages creation of an open space where all interests can be heard.

 Pete Lennox is a consultant and educator in policing, leadership and community well-being. After more than 35 years, he retired from policing in 2018, as commander of the Toronto Police College. He specializes in strategies for working with individuals and agencies across the community and increasing police-community interaction, trust and problem-solving. Most recently Pete served as technical advisor to Trent University (Durham campus) in the design of a new, four-year, baccalaureate program which focuses on integrating professionals from social agencies, education, health, mental health, policing and municipal governance in strategies for increasing community safety and well-being.

Meara Sullivan is a community and restorative justice specialist. She first began to put these together over 20 years ago in Northern Ireland where she worked at a peace and reconciliation centre. She’s adept at brokering dialogue and constructive exchanges among diverse community groups. Meara is a qualified academic with peer-reviewed publications in her field; and research, curriculum design and lecturing skills. Currently Meara’s leading a community initiative in north Hastings County to introduce restorative justice practices as viable alternatives to more institutionalized and frequently less productive or satisfactory criminal justice solutions to people in conflict.


This is a 3-day workshop running 9-4 pm each day


  • Peterborough/Kawartha Lakes Region (July 9-11)
  • Lanark County Region (July 23-25)
  • Bruce Penninsula Region (August 13-15)
  • Stormont Dundas & Glengarry Region (August 27-29)


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Email Tiffeny Dyck or call 613-969-1913 Ext 2294 for questions or to register.

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