Monday, April 2, 2012

Participation Changes Everything

With the assistance of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, Dalhousie University will be conducting eight free workshops in various locations throughout Nova Scotia. These workshops will cover topics that will be of interest to voters and to potential candidates in the 2012 municipal elections. Topics include; what does municipal government do and why should I care, how to choose a good municipal councillor and should I consider running for municipal office?

Each workshop will be about three hours long and will be conducted in a friendly, interesting and interactive manner. Individuals who are thinking about running for municipal council, want to work on an election campaign, are thinking about becoming more involved in their municipality or just want to learn more about municipal government will find these workshop valuable. We view these workshops as providing a unique opportunity to promote greater civic involvement

Workshop leaders will be drawn from Dalhousie University’s College of Continuing Education, the Province of Nova Scotia as well as current and retired municipal councillors. There is no charge for the workshops.

In the near future we will be sending you some posters and informational flyers to help us in promoting these workshops. I know that you share our enthusiasm over the prospect of encouraging more people to become more informed and more involved. Please help us to make these opportunities known in your municipality.

Free workshop dates and locations are as follows. All workshops run from 6pm -9pm

April 20 Port Hawkesbury – NSCC Strait Area Campus Rm. 130

May 4 Berwick – Berwick and District Lions Club – Community Room

May 9 Bridgetown– Fire Hall

May 16 Stellarton – NSCC Pictou Campus Cafeteria

May 24 Bridgewater – NSCC Lunenburg Campus Rm. C112

May 25 Yarmouth – NSCC Yarmouth Campus Rm. C181

June 8 Dartmouth – NSCC Waterfront Campus Rm. 3736

June 15 Amherst – NSCC Cumberland Campus Rm. 154

A free campaign school will be held June 23rd at the NSCC Truro Campus (Sloan Hall, Salon C) from 10:30am-3:30pm for people more specifically interested in working on a campaign or running in the next election. Contact Shelby Lang to Register.

For more information contact: Shelby Lang - Project Coordinator: 902-494-7459 Jack Novack - Professor and Program Director Public Sector Programs: 902-494-6478

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