By Pam Wright
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Chatham-Kent is starting a new program that is downright neighbourly.
At its regular meeting Sept. 13, council approved the initiative that will allow members of the public to nominate local people that are doing good deeds.
Mayor Darrin Canniff said it a “fabulous” thing for the municipality to be doing.
“There are so many great neighbours out there doing great things,” he added.
The new program came to be by way of a recommendation from an as-yet unnamed mystery resident who put the idea forward through Let’s Talk CK.
There was some discussion among councillors about revealing the person’s identity, as they did not yet have permission.
Under the new initiative, local residents can nominate people for efforts such as checking on a neighbour in need, inviting others for a virtual get together, keeping a boulevard or property looking nice, maintaining a Little Library, shovelling snow for someone, organizing a community garden, or by acting neighbourly in other ways.
Teksavvy has agreed to sponsor the program, and approved nominees will receive a gift card from the municipality.
Nomination forms can be found on the municipality’s website.