The consultants are taking an "appreciative inquiry" approach to the study. The approach focuses on what people in the community feel is being done right.
Focus groups have also been held on multicultural issues, seniors' issues, with parents and families and with youth.
There, residents will have a chance to help the planning process around the main themes the study found and work towards community based solutions that can see improvement in the identified areas over the next five years.
assessment study commissioned by Cold Lake and District FCSS is wrapping up and residents have one week left to have their say in an online survey.
She added that the more participation the survey sees from residents at large, the more valuable the results of the needs assessment will be.
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Since May 3, consultants have been conducting one on one interviews with selected members of the community and holding focus groups throughout Cold Lake.
A group of community leaders will be selected to help see the study through to its end and help oversee implementation of the solutions identified throughout the process.
survey is the greatest opportunity for people to let us know what they feel about what's going on in Cold Lake," McWillis said. "If people can work through the survey, their input will be really valuable."
"Appreciative inquiry is really about engaging the community," McWillis said. "Everybody has to buy into for it to really have value. And we know that everybody has a valuable opinion."