A little more than four months before the municipal election campaign begins in earnest, things are starting to look up for good governance in Nanaimo.
The Speakers’ Series on Civic Leadership, which OurNanaimo, the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, and Leadership Vancouver Island is presenting, kicked off on April 24th at Beban Park. With 45 attendees – candidates, potential candidates, and others interested in governance – turnout was a hopeful and encouraging sign that many are committed to improving local governance. Further sessions continue through to May 9, and as of this writing, the discussion, interaction, and feedback has been thoughtful and positive.
With beautiful summer weather now upon us, many of our fellow citizens are understandably focussed less on issues like Nanaimo governance and city planning, and more on boating, barbequing, and gardening. Another gorgeous Nanaimo summer will take us right through to the formal launch of the election campaign after Labour Day. What can each of us do to help make sure our fellow citizens are aware of Nanaimo’s challenges and opportunities before September? Here’s a few ideas:
Effective democracy, good governance, great city planning – all these things are hard work, but we’re Canadians. We can do this – let’s raise the bar, Nanaimo!