For those of you who don't know, Inspire Halton is an organization that believes in bringing out the best in people. Occasionally the ways we've done this and the projects we've chosen to prove our dedication to this cause have changed, but the intent never has.

The internet has changed the landscape of most of our society. One way, of course, is through the dissemination of information. That's what will be particularly interesting for us through the updates we'll be posting on Acton UP - it'll be one more avenue for people to hear about our cause and the work we're doing, especially for people who haven't visited our site or come across us on social media.

Through this page, we'll write about issues surrounding youth, achieving our and their highest potentials, and events or activities we're involved with. The format of these long-form blogs will allow us to reach you in ways our other platforms can't via either different exposure or length of a post. We sincerely hope you enjoy.

If you come across an issue surrounding youth in Acton or North Halton or have a comment regarding something we write, be sure to email me at [email protected] and we can chat.

Just as we’ve changed with technology as a society, so have youth. They can communicate quicker, for good or bad, and they can be distracted from geographical community conversations because they feel distant to the challenges they provide. Our population has never been so educated but Canada’s youth suicide rate is the third highest in the industrialized world.

So there are large challenges, but there’s lots of hope and exciting updates happening both locally and on the international scale. We’ll cover both at different times. Hopefully more of the good than the bad, but always designed to bring out the best in whoever reads it.

Thanks for joining us!

A lifelong resident of Halton Hills, Rick Bonnette takes pride in having served the community as Mayor since 2003. First elected to Council at the age of 27, Rick was recognized by the Province in 2008 with the Long-Standing Service Award. His public service was again recognized in 2012, when he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedicated service to Canada and in 2013, he was honoured by the town for his 30 years with the municipality.
In 2009 Rick put the town on the map attracting international attention with his fair trade campaign that arose in opposition to the Buy America Act. Interviews with the BBC, CBC and other media solidified his position as a gregarious and outspoken advocate for Canadian businesses.
Locally, Mayor Rick leads a Council team whose priorities include sustainable development, fiscal prudence and communications. Rick has personally championed forward-thinking ‘green’ initiatives in support of the environment and public engagement strategies to stay connected with the local community.

Mayor, Halton Hills