When? Monday, August 27, 2018
Hosted by? Your Local Government
Where? 445 – 13th Avenue (Castlegar Community Forum)
Time? 4:30pm - 8:30 pm
Despite your initial reaction, governmentis not a four letter word. Too often, we criticize it and complain about it asif it were the enemy. Federal and provincial partisan governments get lumped inwith local government often leaving a sour taste in people’s mouth.
But your local government is different.It is designed to be representative of your greater community. It can and doesrespond to local needs. It is you. Your Mayor and Council is made up of your neighbors,your friends, your fellow citizens. They are not professional politicians.There are no party lines to follow. Despite the inherent criticism, they all run for office to make yourcommunity a better place. Ideas differ. Priorities are not always shared. Thisis a good thing. It means our communities get robust representation. We want toelect people who care.
However, caring in and of itself, is notenough. Knowing how to govern is slightly more complicated than just having anopinion. Policy governance takes both understanding and practiced skills. Themost effective elected officials are the ones who understand the system, notthe ones who blame the system. Change comes through knowledge andimplementation, not through tearing down.
With local government elections thisfall, we have an opportunity for the community to give serious consideration towho is going to be representing them over the next term. This matters because localgovernment has the greatest impact on your day to day life. Local governmentowns and operates infrastructure that provides the foundation for the health,well-being, and economic prosperity of communities across the country.Dependable core services, such as water, sewer, transportation networks, firehalls, recreation amenities, and more, make up the built environment and existto provide these basic necessities of life that residents rely on every day. Asa result, leadership practices that promote long term sustainability for futuregenerations are critical.
Excellence in local government demands bothknowledgeable candidates and an engaged, proactive citizenry. Come join twoseasoned politicians with 20 plus years of experience for a communityengagement and candidate readiness workshop! Whether you are thinking of runningfor office or you care about electing the best candidates that will be shapingthe future of your community, this workshop is for you. Invest just a few hoursto get educated and enjoy an interactive discussion as together we explore:
Challenge yourself to deepen yourunderstanding about what it takes to sustain these services. Set your criticismsand past experience aside and bring a healthy dose of creative curiosity.
All this excitement takes place at CastlegarCommunity Forum at 445 – 13th Avenue in Castlegar on Monday, August 27th from 4:30pm to 8:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Mark it on your calendar now!