On Friday, June 6, 2014 the “Your roots are always in Chatham-Kent” initiative wrapped up after two weeks of planting trees to commemorate Chatham-Kent’s 2014 secondary and post-secondary graduating classes. Representatives from the Municipality’s Community Development and Public Health departments, council, and the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority’s Greening Partnership greeted staff and students, encouraging graduates to remain connected to Chatham-Kent, regardless of where they live and what they do in the future.
This is the second year for the “Your roots are always in Chatham-Kent” initiative, which was created in response to the 2012 Chatham-Kent Survey of Young People (15–39 years), conducted by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Resident Attraction and Retention (RAR) Division. 84% of respondents stated that they would like to remain connected to Chatham-Kent. This was a great opportunity for our community to demonstrate support and appreciation for our young people as they move on to their next ventures, and encourage them to remember their roots in Chatham-Kent.