If you want to have a positive impact on the city of Ottawa, it helps if you know how to go about making it happen! Perhaps you want to make a change to your neighbourhood park or see if the city will support your community’s idea for a festival or you’d like to see a different bus route. This fall the Citizens Academy will be offering a Civics Bootcamp to help you turn your possibility into reality. Do you need to know how to gain at the earliest opportunity? Play while using the casino spiele kostenlos ohne anmeldung proper now. There’s big money and exciting!
Interactive, experiential, and co-created by citizens, specialists, and community developers.
Designed to help foster constructive problem-solving between citizens and the city, the Learning Program will teach you the basics of how to navigate city hall, how to understand and influence where the city spends its money, and how to have a meaningful voice when the city is planning for development. You will gain fresh perspectives on ways to interact with elected officials and city staff, how to work with community associations and other civic groups, and how to create partnerships that make a difference.
The program will have four sessions—Governance, Budgeting, Land-use Planning and a fourth session that will be a practical application by participants of their new knowledge and skills. The last session will provide you with an opportunity to present to a panel of people with in-depth knowledge of the city and the community an initiative/proposal/idea you want to implement; you will receive feedback on how well the initiative was positioned and why it would, or would not, receive support.
The program won’t overwhelm you with information or advocate for what you or the city should be focusing on; it will provide you with some essential knowledge and practical tools to begin advancing your ideas while keeping in mind a broader understanding of the city.
The commitment expected of you is to attend the four sessions, to come with an open mind, a willingness to listen and share with fellow citizens of diverse background, and a desire to make a difference in what Ottawa can become.
The Academy is offered at no cost to participants. Donations according to your means are welcome as a way to support the work of the Academy.
This year’s Civics Bootcamp will take place Thursday evening October 17th, and Tuesday evenings October 22, 29, November 5 and 19th, from 5:30 to 9:00pm, at Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Avenue West). Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to participate. The deadline to apply is Tuesday October 8, 2013.
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