Community Safety and Wellness in Wetaskiwin: A City Perspective
Where we are
As a community, we are all navigating a difficult balance right now between supporting those who suffer from significant mental health and addictions issues, to ensuring the safety and security of the community-at-large—especially those within the downtown core.
It’s no secret that Wetaskiwin desperately needs integrated supports and comprehensive treatment options to help address our community’s mental health and addictions issues. It’s also no secret that many within the community currently feel unsafe due to being followed, harassed, or assaulted by those who self-identify as Hub clients.
So, where does this leave us? Honestly, there is no easy answer to this complex issue. Ongoing dialogue, patience, empathy, and a willingness to hear everyone’s experiences are all required if we hope to find a solution acceptable to everyone.
Where we’re headed
Ultimately, where we go from here depends on the collective actions of everyone who lives or works in Wetaskiwin—the City included. The recently completed Fifty-Year Community Vision–which was community-built, with input from nearly 10% of our population—sets the framework for our future success. By 2070, Wetaskiwinites want to see:
The City has embraced the Fifty-Year Vision and is aligning its policies and practices with the outcomes specified by the community, but the City itself is not solely responsible for realizing the vision. We all are. This vision challenges us all to look beyond the challenges of today to the possibilities of tomorrow. It encourages us to dig deeper within ourselves and come together with others who care about this community—and all those who call it home—to begin making this vision a reality.
What the City is doing
The City is:
What you can do
We all have varying levels of interests, expertise and energy to contribute. This is where the complexity is compounded. Some people spend a large portion of their lives contributing to the wellbeing of the community. Others are just trying to survive—doing the best they can for their families and themselves. Whatever your current situation, here are a few things that will help us all move—together—toward tackling the issues faced by our community and region.