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Niagara Falls residents take reins as community 'change agents'

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Tue, Sep 19th 2017 03:10 pm
From left: Krista Ehasz, project co-chair; Keyona Dunn, Evelyn Harris, Sarah Obot and Brian Archie, co-chairs for Create A Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative. They posed together after announcing their first major event.
From left: Krista Ehasz, project co-chair; Keyona Dunn, Evelyn Harris, Sarah Obot and Brian Archie, co-chairs for Create A Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative. They posed together after announcing their first major event.
Collaborative leadership kicks-off initiative with neighborhood 'friend-raising' event
On Tuesday, Create A Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative introduced a new leadership model powered by four resident "change agents"/co-chairs. Sarah Obot, Brian Archie, Keyona Dunn and Evelyn Harris, all Niagara Falls advocates, will lead change from within. This grassroots, resident-lead effort, is an approach the collaborative members said they hope will foster tangible improvements across the community.
"If we want to improve the health and well-being of our city and its residents, change needs to start with an investment from the community itself," the co-chairs said in a prepared statement. "As committed residents of Niagara Falls, we hope to lead by example and encourage others along the way to step forward and help us make Niagara Falls a healthier place to live, work and play for all."
To kick-off the initiative, the collaborative will host a "Walk the Falls" "friend-raising" event Saturday, Sept. 23. The inaugural bike/run/walk is expected to bring people from across the area together to the waterfront. The goal is to build a greater sense of community among residents over a free meal, activity and family-friendly entertainment. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Niagara Hub (630 Main St., Niagara Falls), with the bike/run/walk to Whirlpool State Park starting at 9:45 a.m.
"We hope 'Walk the Falls,' our first of many community events to come, will be a starting point that begins to weave tighter connections between Niagara Falls residents," the co-chairs said. "Evidence proves that a tighter-knit community takes pride in their neighborhoods, which we need to create healthy, positive change. So we hope all residents will consider joining us this Saturday."
For more information, visit www.HealthierNiagaraFalls.org, or follow the collaborative on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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