Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Local Government Awareness Week

UBCM President Heath Slee, Minister Ida Chong
May 20 - 26, 2012 Proclaimed 
Local Government Awareness Week

Local Government Awareness Week has been proclaimed for May 20-26, 2012, announced Minister of Community Sport and Cultural Development Ida Chong and Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) president Heath Slee. 

Local elected officials make key decisions on municipal councils and regional district boards. Local Government Awareness Week aims to generate awareness and further educate the public regarding the important roles and responsibilities of local governments throughout the province.  

The timing coincides with National Public Works Week. This year’s theme, “Creating a Lasting Impression” calls attention to the importance of public works in community life. The week is about acknowledging the efforts of the many people who provide and maintain civil infrastructure and services.  

“Our lives are directly impacted by the elected municipal, regional and school board representatives who make vital decisions for British Columbians. This week provides an opportunity for B.C. citizens to learn more about how local governance works, and how they can participate in creating sustainable, family-friendly communities.”  noted Minister Chong.
“Local governments build and sustain the systems that make our communities possible. They also deliver programs that enhance the quality of life for all and support those who are in need. This week acknowledges the efforts of local governments to build communities that British Columbians can take pride in.”  added UBCM president Slee.

Under the Community Charter – the most empowering local government statute in Canada – B.C. communities have broad corporate, service and regulatory powers, enabling them to address local issues with a high degree of autonomy.  

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