New Saanich committee will review governance issues

Applications for citizen advisory committee being accepted

Saanich is now accepting applications for a new 13-member Citizens Advisory Committee, designed to review governance and offer insight on improving service delivery, partnerships and more.

The committee is in response to Saanich’s governance review question, of which 88 per cent of voters were in favour of a community-based governance review at the last municipal election.

A focus group made up of members from Saanich advisory committees will identify and select the candidates.

Council voted in favour of the Citizens Advisory Committee going ahead despite a lack of support Mayor Richard Atwell had in this model.

“It should be citizen-led and greatly involve the community associations, and not just in a token way through a consultant and staff-driven process,” said Atwell.

Applicants should be prepared for a minimum 18-month commitment on the Citizens Advisory Committee, beginning in January 2016.

Council is seeking a diverse group that will represent young adults, young parents, seniors, homeowners, renters, newcomers, longtime Saanich residents and taxpayers.

“Each should have a genuine interest in good governance for Saanich as a whole and an openness to new approaches,” according to the posting on the District of Saanich’s website. “Little or no knowledge of local government and governance should not be a barrier to applying, as educational materials will be provided.”

Interested Saanich residents must apply online at saanich.ca/governance-committee or by calling the legislative division at 250-475-1775 by 4:30 p.m., Nov. 20.

 

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