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A podcast about all things City of Welland: but more than that, it's about the community and the people who make it a premier place to live, work, play, and invest. Join us on What's Up, Welland? to learn more about what's happening in the City of Welland but also about municipal operations that affect everyone. Now in its second season!

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City of Welland’s Chief Administrative Officer Rob Axiak is back on What’s Up, Welland? to share the updates and insights about the latest happenings in our community. Tune in to hear Rob discuss exciting new initiatives, ongoing projects, and his observations for Welland’s bright future. Whether it’s relationship building, plans for downtown revitalization, or the everyday hustle and bustle of a city that’s growing, Rob is guiding the administrative ship that makes Welland a preferred commun...
Each time guests from the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority pay us a visit, we’re left with outstanding awareness of the bounty of nature-based opportunities across our watershed. From the conservation areas close to Welland to the ecological diversity within all these areas, from why greenspaces are so important to how we can be mindful and responsible stewards when visiting them, this rich conversation is sure to get folks eager to experience and enjoy the outdoors.Helping to highlig...
Six months have gone somewhere, and the wheels of community development certainly haven’t slowed.From significant development in north Welland to the sparks igniting downtown revitalization, a wonderful picture book to the value of annual conferences, there’s no one better to catch us up—and help us glance ahead—than Mayor Frank Campion. So, let’s learn what’s been going on and how much Welland has to look forward to.You can catch all past episodes and leave us comments at www.engagewelland.c...
Welcome to a What’s Up, Welland? that shares some of the story behind the City’s latest storytelling adventure – Wonders of Welland, an original, illustrated children’s book now available for all to enjoy.From the local landmarks inspiring the vibrant images to the community collaborations that made it all possible, there’s much to be said about this heartwarming project. And who better to hear it from than the book’s author, Marc MacDonald.Pick up a copy, download a copy at www.welland.ca/wo...
It’s time we paid a visit to our friendly neighbourhood farmers market, and we’ve got the perfect guest to take us on a tour. A fixture in Welland’s downtown since 1907, the Welland Farmers Market is much more than a place to shop – it’s a bustling hub where farmers, families, and friends come together across all seasons in the spirit of community and shopping fresh and local. Justin Beaulieu, the City’s market attendant and customer service clerk, leads us through the market’s core valu...
If you’re ready to get your groove on by the water, you’ll want to tune into this episode. We’re turning up the volume on this year’s Concerts on the Canal series. One of Welland’s most anticipated summer traditions is back with a rocking lineup of acts and artists that’ll have folks tapping their toes and swaying to the sounds of live music.Aaron Berger brings us the scoop on the summerlong setlist, the family-friendly atmosphere to expect at these free shows, and how special it is experienc...
It’s been just over a year since the organization formerly known as Women’s Place of South Niagara rebranded as Birchway Niagara, and they are thriving. Services continue to expand and they’re reaching and helping more people than ever before.Today, Amanda Braet and Jennifer McQuestion join us to discuss Birchway’s offerings, especially here in Welland, and to highlight their biggest fundraising event of the year: Book Riot. So, brew a cup of coffee and get ready to learn about a remarkable o...
You’re in for an episode that’s rich in all things recreation across the City of Welland.As the sunshine and warm weather beckon us outdoors, today’s guests come inside to run the gamut of what’s available, where to find it, and how many ways folks of all ages can get active on land, in and around the water, or a blend of both.You won’t want to miss Nicole Pilote and Laura Chatterton share their enthusiastic endorsements of Welland’s recreational offerings. You can catch all past episode...
When a municipality commits to downtown revitalization, the pivotal place to start is with a visionary and well-informed plan. That’s where the City of Welland finds itself and that’s exactly what we’re doing. Consultants have been chosen, community engagement will soon commence, and a downtown-focussed improvement plan will take shape.Grant Munday, the City’s director of planning and development services, discusses the what, why, and how of updating the Downtown Community Improvement Plan, t...
A municipal career spanning more than two decades. A lifetime of lived experience, academic achievements, and professional development. Fresh insights and inspired observations about people, community, and the City of Welland.It’s all in the mix when Jessica Ruddell, director of community services, makes her What’s Up, Welland? debut. You can catch all past episodes and leave us comments at www.engagewelland.ca/podcast
Prepare yourself for an episode that’s all about being prepared in the event of an emergency. We can’t control the unexpected or predict when the unforeseen may occur, but with some thought and action beforehand, we can at least be ready.Unsure what that readiness should be? Well, Matt Richardson, deputy fire chief with Welland Fire and Emergency Services, is here with the right advice. And not only that, he’s kicking off Emergency Preparedness Week, running May 5 to 11, and highlighting this...
When words for an episode description won’t compare to the rich conversation, you simply encourage folks to listen.Ashleigh Doyle, manager of marketing and communications, and Alyson Montovani-Ozaki, development officer of annual giving, share much awareness about United Way Niagara and the upcoming Period Promise campaign. And not only that, they open the door to more conversations about the organization’s committed efforts to invest in community supports and solutions.You can catch all past...
When a return visit with Niagara Nutrition Partners coincides with National Volunteer Week, the conversation is sure to be celebratory, insightful, and uplifting. Not only do we get added awareness about the organization’s nourishing programs and inspiring initiatives, but we get to recognize the scores of incredible volunteers who are dedicated to making a difference. As a truly special bonus, we even get to chat with one of the student volunteers.Jessica Stephenson, program manager, and Meg...
A follow up episode about the Welland Museum means another opportunity to satisfy our historical and cultural curiosity. This time we’re shifting the focus and exploring the immersive programs, educational experiences, and interactive camps that are curated for kids and adults to enjoy.Lisa Mooney, executive director, returns to expand our awareness of how much the museum offers beyond the collections and exhibits celebrating Welland's past. You can catch all past episodes and leave us c...
Get ready to soak up invaluable insights about the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s important role in monitoring and communicating seasonal risks of flooding across our watershed.From flood monitoring and forecasting to proactive measures to follow, Ryan Kitchen, flood risk management officer, and Erika Navarro, communications specialist, help us understand how the NPCA’s flood awareness work makes for a safe and enjoyable spring.Whether it’s the colour-coded flood status system, in...
When a first-time guest brings awareness of their organization to What’s Up, Welland?, it’s a given there is much to talk about. Get ready to meet Community Crew and learn who they are, what they do, and where their efforts are felt in Welland.Primed to provide some backstory and share the ambitious ideas, plans, and hopes for now and into the future is Stephen Cooper, executive director.It’s time to chat all things Community Crew. You can catch all past episodes and leave us comments at...
Grab your library card for another look into what’s happening at the Welland Public Library.Today’s guests have us delving into the local history resources that are collected and carefully cultivated, and looking ahead at the assortment of new collections that continue to expand the library of things.From a revamped local history section on the website to interactive items that appeal to all ages and interests, this episode has something for everyone. You can catch all past episodes and ...
It’s time to get charged for a chat about lithium-ion batteries and fire safety.From smartphones to scooters, computers to cameras, these powerful energy sources are everywhere in our everyday lives. So, let’s learn how to handle them safely.As an emerging topic in the world of fire safety, we know just who to call. Fire prevention officer and Viddy Award winner Michael Atkins shares important information on using the devices that use lithium-ion batteries and what to do in case of a mishap. ...
We are many things at the City of Welland — creative, innovative, supportive. We also proudly embrace and encourage an inclusive culture of diverse perspectives.As we look forward to celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8, it’s a true honour to share stories from one of the women setting an inspiring example of outstanding leadership.Tara Stephens, City clerk, generously offers insights and observations from her career in municipal government and leaves us feeling hopeful and inspir...
Just because we’re in one season doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead to another one. Especially when it’s a season of fun, sun, and summer camp.Here in Welland, we offer outstanding summer camp options, and we know just who to call to get the scoop. Laura Chatterton, recreation co-ordinator, is ready to stoke the excitement and share what parents need to know for getting their kiddos registered – hint, it’s online and it starts at 9 a.m. on March 6.Lean into Laura’s enthusiasm for our summer cam...
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