Mentorship, underrepresentation on agenda for potential candidate event
Local elected officials driving force behind regional event Aug. 28
| Posted: Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 06:00 am
Candidates considering running for office can get some help finding potential mentors during an upcoming forum.
Elected officials from Legal, Morinville and St. Albert are putting together an evening of panels and discussion Aug. 28 in Morinville for community leaders interested in running.
Nolan Crouse, mayor of St. Albert and one of the organizers, said there will be two focuses for the evening.
“One is people who are considering running don’t know who to go to, they don’t know who they can go to privately and maybe get some mentoring either before or after being elected,” Crouse said. “The second part of it is the issue of underrepresentation, especially for women.”
While he still needs to look into examples, Crouse said he understands there are some mentorship programs that exist across Canada.
The regional event got an $8,050 grant from the provincial government, he said.
“The province is looking to help do whatever they can to really get a more representative cross-section across the province and in this particular case they’ve awarded a regional grant to us,” Crouse said.
There’s no administrative staff behind this event, Crouse said – it’s being driven solely by elected officials.
Panels are to feature school board trustees, some councillors and Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA Maureen Kubinec.
Crouse said the forum is free to attend and open to anybody. It’s running from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre. Participants are asked to register ahead by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 780-863-0028.