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Kelowna city hall wants to engage public in civic awareness

Be heard, get involved and take action is the message the city is sending out to residents during Local Government Awareness Week, May 15 to 21.

The new kelowna.ca/getinvolved webpage provides quick links to help residents participate in planning of future city projects, take action in their neighbourhood, or connect with city council.

“Community involvement in local government decisions is essential to a healthy democratic system,” said Mayor Sharon Shepherd.

“Community understanding about City operations and the services it provides is of primary importance to meaningful public participation.

“November 19 is the next municipal and school district election, so I also want to raise awareness about opportunities to run as a candidate and the importance of everyone getting out to vote.”

Local Government Awareness Week has lots in stock for those wanting to connect with their city.

For students, the Mayor’s Environment Expo is set Thursday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Mission Creek Regional Park.

A number of school groups are also planning to tour City Hall throughout the week to find out more about how local government works.

For business owners and residents, the city is holding three workshops.

The first two are set for Wednesday, May 18, and include the World Cafe Conversation, a facilitated workshop on the City’s new Downtown Plan.

Registration is required. Residents are invited to register at kelowna.ca/mydowntown.

The second May 18 workshop runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Laurel Packinghouse.

This free event is sponsored by FortisBC and will provide an opportunity to hear from energy efficiency experts on ways to save money, reduce your energy consumption and apply for an energy audit.

On Saturday, residents can learn more about natural and organic products at the Pesticide Free Workshop. Register at kelowna.ca/environment.

The city will open the doors to council chambers during the noon hour on Thursday, hosting the “Be Heard” Open House to highlight ways residents can participate in local decision making.

A presentation is set to begin at 12:10 p.m., Thursday, will also be the first chance to apply to work in the upcoming 2011 municipal election, set for Nov. 19. Staff will be on hand to accept applications.

Those wanting to see behind the scenes in local government can attend a number of public city council and advisory committee meetings during the week.

All meetings are open to the public. The Communities in Bloom Committee meets Tuesday, the Public Art Committee on Wednesday and the Women’s & Community Advisory Committee on Friday.

The regular council meeting is set for 1:30 p.m. on Monday and a public hearing on property development zoning changes at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Check the City Calendar at kelowna.ca for all the details.

 

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