Since the municipal election, new City Councillors have been working hard to get up to speed on many files and issues related to our community. A lengthy list of priority topics has been identified and Council has been receiving regular briefing meetings on these issues. To assist in focusing attention, a day-long strategic planning session was held recently, facilitated by consultant Tracey Lorenson. It was a dynamic inter-active full day of discussion related to such general areas as economic health, environmental responsibility, social equity, cultural vitality, and active lifestyle. A follow-up session will be scheduled in the near future to future develop this Council's vision and planning for the future of Nanaimo.