Local Government Awareness Week

UBCM, in partnership with CivicInfo BC and the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, proudly acknowledges May 18-22, 2015 as Local Government Awareness Week in BC and National Public Works Week.

The goal for this week is to generate awareness and educate the public about the roles and responsibilities of local government, and encourage the public to participate in local government processes, including voting in local elections.

The Province of BC has issued a provincial proclamation declaring May 18-22 as Local Government Awareness Week.

Local governments across the province have undertaken a wide range of creative and innovative activities to celebrate Local Government Awareness Week in previous years:

  • Leadership students from the local secondary school evaluate the district’s Parks and Recreation Plan and discuss the plan’s pros and cons with Council while attending a Committee of the Whole meeting.
  • Communications Manager gives a series of presentations on “How Local Government Works” to students at local middle schools.
  • Local government trivia contest, with winners awarded passes to local recreation facilities.
  • Open house event at the public works yard.
  • “Mayor for a Day” contest for elementary students.
  • Hold a mock Council meeting where elementary students debate whether or not the city should build a new turf field.
  • City proclamation recognizing Local Government Awareness Week.
  • Interactive public workshop on “how local government works.”
  • Secondary students receive behind-the-scenes tour of public works, recreation facilities, fire hall, and regional district operations.

We look forward to hearing about your activities. For questions about this initiative, please contact Reiko Tagami, Information and Resolutions Coordinator.

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