Town of Torbay Celebrates Municipal Awareness Day With Three New Initiatives
Tomorrow marks the annual Municipal Awareness Day, and the Town of Torbay will be celebrating by launching several new initiatives. Councillors will be visiting grade four students at Holy Trinity Elementary, adding “The Conversation” resident engagement tool to their website, and beginning their Councillors in the Community initiative.
Events kick off at Kim Keatings’ grade four class at Holy Trinity Elementary, where Mayor Scott will be helping students elect their own council. Student candidates will deliver their speeches and have a vote, later meeting in chambers for their first official meeting.
“Youth engagement is a major focus for us this year. It’s never too early to start encouraging youth to participate in local politics,” – says Mayor Craig Scott.
The town council is also launching a monthly initiative called Councillors in the Community. Councillors will spend time at local businesses promoting community engagement and consulting with residents on the ground as they go about their daily business.
“We wanted to provide an opportunity for residents to have access to councillors for a few minutes during the day. It’s a great and unique opportunity for councillors to get their boots on the ground and support local businesses and the Shop Torbay initiative.”
Several Councillors will spend the afternoon at Traditional Coffee House serving coffee and baked goods to customers from 2-4 p.m., and some will be at Tapper’s Gas Bar pumping gas for residents from 4-6 p.m. If any local businesses would like to put their council to work at the next Councillors in the Community, they should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, the Town is launching a new online engagement tool. Tune into Torbay’s Facebook page or Twitter feed at 1:00 p.m., when Mayor Craig Scott will announce the launch of “The Conversation.” Available on the Torbay website, it will give residents an avenue to connect with councillors and other community members on topics important to the Town.
Note: media is welcome to attend and film any of the events for Councillors in the Community and asked to contact either of the below contacts to arrange.
Craig Scott, Mayor
Town of Torbay
Director, Communications Technology
709-738-5090 ext 203