Provincial Government Proclaims LGAW

Hon. Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport & Cultural Development presents the provincial proclamation for LGAW 2012 to UBCM President Heath Slee

On May 21, the provincial government issued a press release proclaiming Local Government Awareness Week from May 20-26, 2012.

In the press release, Honourable Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development said, “Our lives are directly impacted by the elected municipal, regional and school board representatives who make vital decisions for British Columbians. This week provides an opportunity for B.C. citizens to learn more about how local governance works, and how they can participate in creating sustainable, family-friendly communities.”



Quotes were also provided from:

  • UBCM President Heath Slee:
    ” Local governments build and sustain the systems that make our communities possible. They also deliver programs that enhance the quality of life for all and support those who are in need. This week acknowledges the efforts of local governments to build communities that British Columbians can take pride in.”
  • Public Works Association of BC Executive Director Jeannette Austin:
    “Since 1960, we have been celebrating the vital work of public works employees. These professionals are always looking for sustainable and safe solutions for their communities. We use this week to energize and educate the public on the importance of the contribution of public works to their daily lives – planning, building, managing and operating the heart of our local communities and building the quality of life.”

The entire press release can be viewed here.

The District of Squamish Gears Up for LGAW 2012

Student 'Mayor' and 'Councillors' debate an issue during LGAW 2012 in Squamish, BC

The District of Squamish is ready for LGAW 2012 from May 20-26!

Their press release from May 10 noted: “Local Government Awareness Week is perfectly timed, with Public Works Week activities underway during the same week,” said Mayor Rob Kirkham.   “This is a fantastic time to showcase the wide variety of work municipal employees carry out on behalf of Council and to build valuable relationships with residents of all ages.”

Several exciting activities are planned, including:

  • Mayor for a Day letter contest for grades 5 – 7 kicks off on May 11th.  The winning entry will be chosen on May 17th.  The contest winner will be interviewed by local print and radio media reporters, have an opportunity to Co-Chair a Committee of the Whole Meeting on May 22nd and speak with local downtown merchants, enjoy lunch with Council and Student Leadership members from Howe Sound Secondary and receive a t-shirt and Certificate of Recognition.  Visit for more information.
  • A local government trivia contest question will be posted on the District’s website at from May 10 to 25.  The winner will receive 10 passes to Brennan Recreation Center pool.
  • The Public Works Yard Open House is on May 23rd, with elementary school students touring the facility from 9:30am to noon, including lunch with the Mayor at noon.  Students will have an opportunity to make flower baskets which will go up for raffle, with proceeds going to the Squamish Food Bank.  Students are also encouraged to bring an item for the Squamish Food Bank with them.
  • The Public Works Yard is open to the public on May 23rd from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
  • Staff from the District of Squamish will deliver presentations to students in grades 5 to 7 at local elementary schools upon request, the week of May 21 to 25, to share information about local government and the key role citizens play in shaping their community.

The District of Squamish has also generously shared with us a copy of their communications plan, their Mayor for a Day Poster , and their Certificate of Participation for schools taking part in LGAW activities. Have a look at these resources- they might help you in your planning for LGAW!