UXBRIDGE: This week, The Township of Uxbridge will be one of many municipalities across Ontario celebrating the 9th annual Local Government Week.
“The township of Uxbridge is working hard to make Uxbridge a great and thriving community. Local government week gives us the platform to tell the public and youth what the [township] does,” said Catalina Blumenberg, deputy clerk for the Township of Uxbridge.
To celebrate Local Government Week, the town is running a twitter campaign, to give quick facts about Uxbridge’s municipal government, and educate residents about what role all the different departments play in supporting the town.
“[The twitter campaign] is just to give residents a better understanding of what the role of municipal government is in our community, and to also get younger people to think about a career in local government,” Catalina said.
It is important to be aware of what is happening in local politics, because it is the level of government closest to the people. The municipal government is the only level of government that directly impacts its resident’s day to day interactions.
A couple aspects of daily life the local government looks after, includes, parks, water services, libraries, local police, fire department, roadways, and parking.
“It really effects your everyday life, so it really is quite important to let people know, and be more aware of, how important local government is,” Catalina said.
The Township of Uxbridge is looking to, not only educate the town about its services but to also, encourage people to look at a career in local politics.
“A career in local government is a fantastic opportunity,” Catalina said, “It’s definitely something where you’re really making a difference for people in your community, and it’s a really rewarding career path.”
She continued, when looking at a career in local politics, it is important to educate yourself about the role the municipal government plays in the community.
“Really educate yourself on what local government does, go on the website, go attend a council or committee meeting and try to see local government in action,” Catalina said.
To help educate the youth about local government, and a career in it, the Township of Uxbridge has developed educational programming, that aligns with the Ontario curriculum for grade 5 and 10 civic classes.
Any organization, business, school, or individual who is interested in learning more about local government is asked to contact Catalina Blumenberg, through email, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 905-852-9181 ext. 209. The educational programming is aimed at increasing opportunities for participation, knowledge sharing, and civic educational opportunities for youth and adults in the Township of Uxbridge.
Uxbridge is happy to celebrate the 9th annual Local Government week, and will continue the educational twitter campaign until the end of the week, on October 21st.