Family Day event happens Feb. 17 at Frank McKechnie Community Centre, writes Deepak Anand

After being elected as the MPP of this large and diverse riding, I have made regular town hall meetings a priority as it gives residents a voice and a stake in their community.

Given the size of our riding, I have divided it into five zones. Every second month, a town hall meeting is held in a different zone. We have held well-attended town hall meetings in Zones 1 and 4, and the next one is scheduled on March 13 in Zone 2 at the Malton Community Center, 3540 Morning Star Dr., Mississauga from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

We have established the Mississauga-Malton Youth Council dedicated to empowering youth to get active in the community. On Jan. 26, we held our first roundtable attended by 11 youth aged 14-22. For most, it was the first time someone listened to their concerns and issues. It was pointed out that affordability kept many talented youth from pursuing after-school programs as well as classes like robotics and coding. Other issues relayed were need for bullying prevention and standardized testing. The bottom line was the need for a level playing field.

This will be a six-month council and participants will pick one initiative to be tackled as a group. As their MPP, together, we will ensure these concerns are addressed.

Mississauga-Malton is unique in many ways; its proximity to the airport, convenient location and relatively affordable housing makes it a magnet for many new immigrants, refugees and other hard working families trying to make ends meet. We need to tap their potential, talent and energy.

I look forward to any opportunity to meet and get to know the residents and invite all to attend our Family Day event on February 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Frank McKechnie Community Centre.

Besides our doors at 7895 Tranmere Dr., Unit 20, are open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for anyone with concerns, ideas or a wish to volunteer and give back to the community.