Student Council meeting to be held with 10 contest winners on Thursday, May 25 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 Contest 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 Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) has contacted all Whistler schools to invite Grade 5 classes to enter and to offer classroom presentations about Whistler’s local government.
“I encourage all Grade 5 students to take part in this contest and attend the meeting. This contest teaches students about the importance of local government and helps prepare them to continue contributing to their community and become leaders. Last year was the first year Whistler has held a Student Council meeting and it was exciting to watch the students make decisions. We will be actually implementing student ideas that will work for our community,” says Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.
A total of 10 students will be selected for the roles of Mayor, six Councillors, and three municipal staff roles. Applications are being accepted until 4:30 p.m. on May 5. For details on how to enter, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Student Council meeting will take place on Thursday, May 25 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 hold a daytime Council meeting in 2016 for Whistler’s Grade 5 students to learn about Whistler’s local government. For more information, visit whistler.ca/studentcouncil.
About Local Government Awareness Week
British Columbia Local Government Awareness Week runs from May 21 to 27, 2017 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.