In just over six months, communities across Newfoundland and Labrador will go to the polls. On April 1st, a day-long summit in St. John’s will help equip citizens with the skills and knowledge they need to participate in municipal elections, whether as candidates, members of campaign teams, or informed voters.
Organized in partnership with Memorial University and Municipalities NL, the Summit will offer attendees a chance to learn from people who have been involved at every level of the Municipal process. Shannie Duff, Lynn Hammond, Ross Reid, Ronald Penney, Josh Taylor, and many others will lead discussions about how the municipal system works and how to participate in it effectively. We’ll have a detailed agenda posted here soon!
The Summit will include a keynote address from Lindell Smith, recently elected – at age 26 – to Council in Halifax, NS. A community activist who became only the second African-Canadian to be elected to council in Halifax’s history, Councillor Smith is a great example of how municipal politics can be a place for diverse voices to thrive.
The Municipal Election Summit will be held at Memorial University on Saturday, April 1st in room A-1043 in the Arts Building, from 9 AM to 4 PM.
The Municipal Election Summit will be held at Memorial University on Saturday, April 1st in room A-1043 in the Arts Building, from 9 AM to 4 PM
8:30 AM – 9 AM: Registration, mingle, and coffee
9 AM – 10:30 AM: 1st Panel Discussion followed by Q & A: Issues affecting Municipal Politics in St. John’s
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM: Refreshment break
10:45 AM – 12:05 PM: 2nd Panel Discussion followed by Q & A: Municipal Campaigning in St. John’s: A “How-to”
12:05 – 12:50 PM: Lunch break*
1 PM – 2 PM: 1st Keynote Speaker followed by Q & A: Shannie Duff, former St. John’s City Councilor, Deputy Mayor, and Mayor
2 PM – 3 PM: 2nd Keynote Speaker followed by Q & A: Lindell Smith, Halifax City Councilor
3 PM – 4 PM: Reception & Meet-and- greet
*Lunch to be provided. Please include any special dietary requests when registering.
Registration for the Summit is free, but space is limited.