Successful Civic Leadership Speakers Series Concludes

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 11, 2018


The Civic Leadership Speakers Series, a collaboration between the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce (GNCoC), OurNanaimo and Leadership Vancouver Island, which was held over the last two weeks, was a great success.

Focused on the fundamentals of local governance, this pilot initiative hosted 45 attendees – declared candidates, others considering running for municipal office, and those interested in the necessary competencies for elected officials to effectively serve the community. This course was precedent-setting in BC and has led to interest from other municipalities.

Comments from participants were overwhelmingly positive: “Reconfirmed what leadership feels like.” “I loved the examples of how citizen empowerment can work.” “Presenters were thoughtful and engaging.” “Thanks for an excellent, thought-provoking series.”

The positive feedback from participants indicates success in delivering on the original vision to provide a unique learning experience through non-partisan speakers and leaders on a broad range of local governance matters,” said Kim Smythe, CEO of the GNCoC.

The overall objective of this initiative was to prepare potential candidates to take on the duties of a member of council, and to contribute to effective local governance for Nanaimo citizens. The series began with a mandatory introductory session on April 24, followed by four sessions related to the roles and responsibilities of elected officials.

Sydney Robertson of OurNanaimo noted, “This pilot initiative was well-received by the community and has made a difference in raising awareness about the very serious roles and responsibilities of elected officials.”

The Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, OurNanaimo and Leadership Vancouver Island would like to thank all participants, presenters, facilitators and volunteers for their engagement and contributions to strengthening our community.



Media Inquiries:
Kim Smythe, Chamber of Commerce, 250-756-1191

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