Guelph navigates its stars. Together.

City releases a stirring video to galvanize people around Guelph’s new Community Plan

Prepare to be moved, then watch and share “Navigating all our Stars.”

Guelph, Ont., June 20, 2019—Do you feel it? Our genuine want for connection. Our desire to create a better community, for everyone.

The City of Guelph released a spoken word video “Navigating all our Stars” which offers a unique artistic view of the community’s aspirations as presented in Guelph’s Community Plan.

Through the talent of local artist Beth Anne Ellipsis, community members are able see their city in a new way. Beth Anne has captured the essence of Guelph’s vision for the future and presented it alongside the reality of where we are today. Beth Anne used the thoughts, opinions and values of community members collected over 18 months of community engagement and research when she penned this piece.

“Utilizing art in our daily activities enriches our experiences moving through our day, processing information and dialogue-ing about complex situations. It provides a relief valve, a kindness, an inspiration, otherwise void. Integrating art into the community plan will be fundamental to the success of its implementation,” says Beth Anne Ellipsis, Guelph Spoken Word.

 “It was important for us to present the Community Plan in a variety of ways to make it relatable to as many people as possible,” says Jennifer Smith, Manager, Corporate and Community Strategic Initiatives. “It is our hope that the spoken word version will help people understand where we are going as a community and inspire them to get involved as we turn our aspirations into reality.”

Navigating all our Stars and Guelph’s Community Plan are posted on guelph.ca/communityplan.

About the Guelph’s Community Plan

The Community Plan is the culmination of 18-months of conversations, observations, research and writing. More than 10,000 Guelphites worked together to write the plan. They came together in person, at workshops and meetings, online and at special events to develop an approach to guide the community towards its shared future.

About the City’s Strategic Plan

The City’s Strategic Plan is a collaborative effort between City Council and administration to establish shared priorities for the organization. The plan is currently in development and includes input from the Council, all City staff and the community through the Community Plan and various other engagement points with the City such as open houses and workshops. The Strategic Plan is expected to be presented to Council in late summer/early fall 2019.

For more information

Jennifer Smith
Manager, Corporate and Community Strategic Initiatives
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
519-822-1260 extension 2120
jennifer.smith@guelph.ca