CBLCA Parks and Rec Chair Susie Crowe, and Communications Chair Emma Osgoode, pictured here, recently graduated from Synapcity’s Civics Boot Camp. A couple of other CBL community members participated as well. With support from the Trillium Foundation, Civics Boot Camp is designed for those who want to know more about how the city works – people who have ideas for positive change but need inspiration, community support and/ or knowledge to make it happen.
Participants worked with new contacts, neighbours, and champions from various sectors such as municipal, non-profit and business institutions. They explored ways to identify and work on issues while interacting with elected officials, city staff, businesses and other civic groups. Many great learning to bring back to CBLCA in 2019!
Are you interested in opportunities to make a difference and get involved in city-making? Here are some current opportunities for civic engagement:
The Ottawa-Carleton District Sschool Board (OCDSB) is setting priorities for the next four years and wants to know what is important to you. Between November 21st and December 12th the OCDSB will host a community conversation called “Building Brighter Futures Together”. The board is using Thoughtexchange, an online learning tool that allows parents, staff, students and community members to have a conversation about learning and well-being. To learn more, click here.
The City of Ottawa is currently recruiting for a number of positions on its public committees and boards. The City can greatly benefit from your expertise and professionalism. Get involved and play an active role. You can make a difference. Click here for details.
The Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department offers the Planning Primer Program to help residents become more aware of, and more involved in, the land-use planning process. The program is a series of half-day courses, and aims to:
- Build and maintain a strong working relationship and understanding between the City of Ottawa and communities
- Provide resources and teach skills to aid residents participating in the land-use planning process