Student Council meeting to be held with 10 contest winners Thursday, May 19 at 9 a.m. at Maury Young Arts Centre; public invited to watch
Whistler’s Grade 5 students are invited to enter the Student Council Competition for the chance to win a role as Mayor, Councillor or municipal staff member in the Student Council meeting celebrating Local Government Awareness Week.
The Student Council Competition is open to all Grade 5 students in Whistler. The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) has contacted Grade 5 classes in the community to invite students to enter and to offer presentations about Whistler’s local government to their classes. Municipal staff have visited classes at Whistler Waldorf School, Spring Creek Community School and Myrtle Philip Community School. The presentations focus on the role of local government and council.
“This year’s competition is an expansion of previous years’ Mayor for the Day contests prompted by a resolution from last year’s winner Abbey Mellor. This competition aims to teach young community members about the importance of local government and to prepare them to be future community contributors and leaders. I’m really looking forward to meeting the Grade 5 students and to hearing their thoughts about local governance,” said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.
To enter the competition, students should fill out this application form. A total of 10 students will be selected for the roles of Mayor, six Councillors, and the municipal staff roles of Manager of Environmental Stewardship, Emergency Program Coordinator and Youth Services Librarian. Applications are being accepted until May 9.
The Student Council meeting will take place on Thursday, May 19 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Maury Young Arts Centre (formerly Millennium Place). The Student Council will discuss an agenda based on current topics. All students, parents, the public and the media are invited to watch.
In addition to taking part in the Student Council meeting, each winner will receive a small prize, meet Whistler’s Mayor, Councillors and several municipal staff, and will have their photo taken. The winning students may be featured in local media about the event.
This year’s Student Council Competition was inspired by a request from 2015 Mayor for the Day Abbey Mellor, a student at Spring Creek Community School. Abbey Mellor passed a Council resolution to have a daytime Council meeting in 2016 for Whistler’s Grade 5 students to learn about Whistler’s local government.
British Columbia Local Government Awareness Week runs from May 15 to 21, 2016 and aims to generate awareness about local government. The program is run by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities in partnership with CivicInfo BC and the Ministry of Community, Sport & Cultural Development as well as other public sector organizations.