St. Catharines, a Compassionate City
A City of Dignity, Respect and Opportunity
St. Catharines is a great place to live, do business, and raise a family, but it's not the same for everyone. Many families and individuals live in poverty and struggle with homelessness, hunger and isolation.
When I was elected Mayor, I made a commitment to address poverty in our city and I've spent the last year learning from service providers and individuals with lived experience. I've read about what other cities are doing and approaches that other mayors have taken. There are many strategies and approaches.
I believe that the best way for us to really address these issues is by building a culture of compassion and understanding and by working together. I believe that we all have a role to play and I want to help build a compassionate city that takes care of all of its citizens. A city where everyone matters!
This approach is focused on action and cultural change. It is about empowering everyone in our city - from city staff to community workers and volunteers - to be a part of a more positive future for our friends and neighbours in need. It starts from within - within each of us as individuals, within our organizations and within City Hall.
This website will help you find information about how we are building a compassionate city and how you can get involved.
You can also find resources and get connected with many of the social agencies that provide compassionate care. If you're in need, please don't hesitate to reach out. And if you can help, please do.
- Mayor Walter Sendzik