Fog and fall seem to go together, especially in Oak Bay.  It has been a stunning fall thus far and opportunities to catch scenic fall days with a camera along the Oak Bay waterfront can’t be missed.  There are also opportunities this fall to learn about other BC communities that can’t be missed.

This coming week I will be attending with Council colleagues, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities’ (UBCM) annual convention in Victoria.  There are workshops, plenary sessions where resolutions will be introduced and voted on from communities across the Province and various receptions where we will have opportunities to meet other colleagues and talk about issues, challenges and innovations in local government.

I will be attending the following major workshops:

  • Marijuana:  The Decriminalization Debate
  • Local Government Finance:  Matching Revenues and Responsibilities
  • Mid-Sized Communities’ Forum

There are also four receptions and a luncheon hosted by a variety of stakeholders including the BC Government and the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC), the Vancouver Island arm of UBCM.

UBCM’s Mission Statement includes the following values:

  • Credibility and accuracy in what we do.
  • Timely and effective in how we respond.
  • Valuing teamwork and respecting diversity in everything we do.
  • Being non-partisan and objective in how we present ourselves.

I look forward to learning more about local government and how Oak Bay fits into the mosaic of communities, large and small, that is British Columbia.  I will report out my experience on this blog once the convention ends on September 28th.  Stay tuned…

If you would like more information about local government and UBCM, please visit civicinfo@civicinfo.bc.ca