City of North Battleford - Saskatchewan

Neighbourhood Engagement

Connected Community

Strong neighbourhoods are the result of individuals connecting with each other, engaging in open communication building respect and trust with one another. The City of North Battleford has some tools residents can use to enable them to join, build and foster a strong neighbourhood in their community.

Introduction

Whether you want to meet your neighbours for the first time or get to know them better, we’ve got some tips for you!

  • Handshake a week pledge: Keep it short and sweet! Set aside just 15 minutes a week to introduce yourself to one of your neighbours. Avoid physical contact during COVID-19
    TIP: Keep the conversation short by staying outside or on the doorstep.

  • Take a walk in the neighbourhood: Hesitant to knock on your neighbour’s door? Walk through your neighbourhood, smile and say hello to the neighbours you see.
    TIP: The more you practice this, the more ‘strangers’ become ‘neighbours’

  • Share common interests: Looking for common ground? Start a conversation about your neighbourhood!
    TIP: Have you seen your neighbours out jogging, gardening, or out with kids or dogs? Start a chat about that.

  • Plan a get together: Invite a group of neighbours to a picnic in the park or morning coffee on your front lawn.
    TIP: Provide name tags for people to use—make it easy to remember people’s names.

  • Leave a note: More of an introvert? Drop off a treat and introduce yourself with a short note. Get creative and have some fun!

The Importance of being neighbourly

There are real and tangible benefits of knowing your neighbours.

  • Safety and security.

    • Spot out of the ordinary activity in your neighbourhood

    • More likely that your neighbours will tell you about something unusual happening around your home

    • Form a walking school bus for the kids on the block

  • Someone to look out for you.

    • They might be the ones to pass on important information during an emergency situation

    • They are likely to look out for you and your unique needs

  • Save you time and money.

    • share tools rather than buy new tools you will rarely use

    • Carpool to work

    • swap clothes or children’s toys

Snow Angels

Snow Angel logo

The Snow Angel Program encourages physically able and willing residents to assist their neighbours with snow removal from sidewalks. It is a wonderful way to keep sidewalks clear and walkable for all, to make your neighbours feel part of the community and a great way for youth to volunteer. If you are able, please consider becoming a Snow Angel to an elder, someone with mobility restrictions or just to be a kind neighbour.

Snow Angel recognition
If you have had a Snow Angel clear snow for you, let us know by nominating them today! Send their name(s), address and a few kind words to:


PO Box 460
City of North Battleford
North Battleford, SK
S9A 2Y6

or drop off your nomination at City Hall or email your nomination to dmacdonald@cityofnb.ca

All nominees will receive a Snow Angel certificate signed by the Mayor and acknowledged in a City Council agenda. When presented at Council the Mayor will draw a name from the nominees and the winner will receive a $50 gift certificate.

Community Preception Survey

Perceptions of Safety Baseline Survey - Report 2019

 

Gaining Perspective on Perception

Residents aged 19 and older in the City of North Battleford will have the opportunity to share their perceptions of crime and safety in the City. Residents of the City have two options to participate in the survey; in-person or online. The in-person survey will be conducted by students attending North West College, starting October 23rd. The survey is now closed for participation.

The survey will be accepting input from October 23rd to the end of 2018. The survey will take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete. All information and answers collected will be confidential and not personally identifiable. Individuals can skip any question they do not know or do not feel comfortable answering.

The City of North Battleford has partnered with Dr. Tarah Hodgkinson from Simon Fraser University and Griffith University. Dr. Hodgkinson has designed this rigorous and substantial study and she will analyze and contextualize the data. Dr. Hodgkinson will provide a report to the City about the findings in mid-2019. A wide breadth of our community from every neighbourhood is needed to participate in the survey. The more individuals participate, the more statistically robust and representative this study will be.

This perceptions survey is an ongoing initiative. This initial survey will serve as a baseline for the City. The next survey will be completed in two years. By completing follow-up surveys the City will be able to identify trends, such as identifying if people feel saferor less safe in specific areas. It will allow the City to identify what programs are working, and determining localized needs to improve safety.

City Planner Ryan Mackrell says “It is our hope that residents of the City of North Battleford, take this unique opportunity to participate and share their experiences and perceptions of safety in the City.” adding “The study will help shape programs and initiatives in neighbourhoods.”

The City of North Battleford is excited for this broad, long-term engagement with residents. It is a collaboration that will allow residents to identify to the City what is working and key areas for the City to focus on to improve.

For more information:

Ryan Mackrell, City Planner
306-445-1705 | rmackrell@cityofnb.ca

Jennifer Niesink, Director of Corporate Services
306-445-1718 | jniesink@cityofnb.ca

Welcoming & Inclusive Communities Survey

The Survey is now closed.
As a part of a regional effort to promote diversity and combat discrimination, the City of North Battleford and the Town of Battleford are conducting a survey of residents’ perceptions of their respective regions as welcoming and inclusive communities.

On June 30, 2021, the City and Town joined 95 other municipalities by signing onto the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities and endorsing the Coalition’s 10 Common Commitments. In signing, the City and Town committed to developing a Plan of Action which will integrate diversity and inclusion into the policies, practices, and initiatives of both municipalities organizationally and within the Battlefords region.

The Welcoming & Inclusive Communities survey launches December 6 and will remain open until February 28. A survey link is provided on the City and Town websites and social media pages.

To encourage participation, the City and Town will be offering 10 $50 gift certificates to local businesses to be drawn from the participants. Participants will be prompted to enter the draw upon completing the survey.

The Welcoming & Inclusive Communities survey represents an essential step towards completing the Action Plan and fulfilling the City and Town’s commitment to the region. Residents’ responses will determine the direction of the City and Town’s diversity and inclusion initiatives for the coming years. Greater participation of all residents ensures that the direction established in each municipality’s Action Plan remains aligned with the interests of everyone in the community.

Fostering diversity and inclusion benefits the region by increasing the retention and attraction of diverse talent, improving the health and wellness of all residents, and reinforcing a positive community reputation.

Both the City of North Battleford and the Town of Battleford are utilizing the Coalition’s recommended toolkit to guide the development of their respective Action Plans. While each municipality will draft a plan tailored to the needs of their residents, collaboration on the survey reduces confusion and promotes participation.

All of the information gathered from the survey will be submitted anonymously and is confidential. The data from this survey is not shared with any third party and is only used for the stated purposes.

The Survey is now closed.