Civic Leadership Speakers’ Series Aims to Raise the Bar
For Immediate Release: Monday, April 9, 2018
The Nanaimo Chamber, OurNanaimo and Leadership Vancouver Island are launching a Civic Leadership Speakers’ Series focused on the fundamentals of local governance and the competencies for elected officials necessary to effectively serve the community.
This pilot initiative features a series of four talks, delivered by subject-matter experts and open to eligible citizens considering running for council in the October 20 Nanaimo municipal election. The overall objective of this initiative is to prepare potential candidates to take on the duties of a member of council, and to achieve better local governance for Nanaimo citizens.
“I am truly excited about this program and how it will contribute to a better understanding of the skills, knowledge and serious commitment required to serve as an elected municipal representative,” said Sydney Robertson, OurNanaimo spokesperson.
“This partnership and our speakers’ roster is a signal that good local governance for Nanaimo is a priority for citizens across the community,” Kim Smythe, Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer added “we’re committed to maintaining the Series as a non-partisan effort to educate and promote awareness of community leadership.”
Leadership Vancouver Island’s President Russ Burke stated, “This event fulfills LVI’s mandate to help emerging leaders, their teams and their communities to address today’s complex challenges and demonstrate the power of collaboration to create long-term positive change.”
The series begins with a mandatory introductory session on April 24, followed by four sessions related to the roles and responsibilities of elected officials. Advance registration is required, and sessions will be available only to participants who do not currently or have not previously held public office.
Registration & info: nanaimochamber.bc.ca
Kim Smythe, Chamber of Commerce, 250-756-1191