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Young Women Civic Leaders Project

I recently had the opportunity to meet and provide job shadow experience to three women currently working as project assistants with the Young Women Civic Leaders Project run by the Justice Education Society.  I am pleased to share the following blog post written by one of the assistants with you.

Meeting with Moore

A common discourse among young people is that government or politics are inaccessible for our generation. In many cases, this sentiment is true. The way our federal and provincial governments make decisions can leave us wondering, did they ever have our best interest in mind? Young people ask themselves, why ever take interest in a government that doesn’t seem to listen to me, or care about what I want?

But something young people often overlook and discredit, is municipal government. At the local level, government is the most accessible way to have your voice heard and to connect with officials that are constantly making important decisions that affect you in your city. And the best part is, they actually want you to participate.

So how do I know this? My work over the past two years on the Young Women Civic Leaders project run by the Justice Education Society has shown me an abundance of supportive and progressive civil servants who work to engage young people in local civic activities. One person in particular, is Port Coquitlam mayor Greg Moore.

Last month I was given the opportunity to job shadow Moore at city hall for an afternoon. I attended a meeting where the mayor and his colleagues decided the winners of the PoCo Biz Awards. Afterwards, he met with me to discuss youth engagement in local government. We discussed ideas on how to include more young people in decision making processes, as well as how he uses social media to share his insights and interact with the public on local issues and city events.

Greg Moore is a busy man. Apart from working full time as the mayor, he also is the Chair of Metro Vancouver. He is devoting almost all of his time to work for his city, and also to make sure that cities in Metro Vancouver continue to develop in a way that serves its people for the better. And even though he could have really used his afternoon to catch up on some work, he met with me. A young woman interested in youth political engagement, and perhaps a political career of her own one day. This is all because a few of us had met with him previously to discuss youth participation more generally, and he offered himself to job shadow anyone who was interested.

And they say government isn’t accessible.

Sure, there is still a lot of work to be done. Government needs to make young people more of a priority in order to make Canada a more democratic and representative society. But there are change makers out there, fighting to reach this goal. To involve young people in a way that they are heard and respected in policy change. Because of my job shadowing experience I have more faith that local government is an opportunity for young people to truly make a difference, and Greg Moore is eager to do anything he can to help.

- Lisa Hemmingson, Project Assistant for Young Women Civic Leaders

Mayor's Month at a Glance - November 2014

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in November 2014:

Meeting with TransLink
Meeting with Meeting with Trish Mandewo, Vancouver Tumblebus
Meeting with Kevin Pike
Meet & Greet with Lakh Bagri, Executive Director Eagle Ridge Hospital
Meeting with Anthony Oshun, Redeemed Christian Church of God
Meeting with Minister Stephanie Cadieux
Meeting with Saad Bahr, Islamic Cultural Centre
Interview with Michelle Idertogtokh re BCIT assignment on transit
Meeting with Rob Thiessen, Managing Director, Hope for Freedom Society
Meeting with Colin Metcalfe, Minister's Regional Office

Mayor's Month at a Glance - October 2014

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in October 2014:

Meeting with Arne Odenbach, Marketing Coordinator, Pitt Meadows Airport
Meeting with Michael King
Meeting with David Holiday, Dynamic Structures
Meeting with Bob Buchan, Port Coquitlam Minor Softball
Meeting with Ron Talbot
Meeting with Duncan & Bob Sutherland
Meeting with Caleb Harder, BCIT student
Meeting with Iryna Chekanovych, Advent Swim Academy
Meeting with Port Coquitlam Stroke Recovery Branch Members
Meeting with Krzysztof Olendzki, General Consul Republic of Poland in Vancouver & Tony Kostka, Tri-City Polonez
Meeting with Jamie Vaughan, ONNI Group
Meeting with Rob Fournier
Meeting with Craig Lochhead & Martin Wyant, SHARE Society

Mayor's Month at a Glance - September 2014

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in September 2014:

Meeting with Assistant Commissioner Dan Mallo, RCMP E Division
Meeting with Riverside & Terry Fox Secondary Schools
Meeting with Omar Kaywan 
Meeting with Brian Savage, CUPE 498 President
Meeting with Ryan Clark, Port Coquitlam Sports Alliance
Meeting with Iryna Chekanovych, Advent Swim Academy
Meeting with Gary McKenna, Tri-City News
Meeting with Ravi Panwar 
Meeting with Mayor Gwen Johansson, District of Hudson’s Hope
Meeting with Rob Senger 
Meeting with Youth Empowerment Committee

Mayor's Month at a Glance - August 2014

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in August 2014:

Meeting with Dr. Nareeta Stephenson
Meeting with Maureen Kirkbride, Telus
Meeting with Aaron Robinson, Tri-City Chamber of Commerce
Meeting with RCL Branch 133 for "Legion for Families"  Press Conference
Phone Meeting with Greg Walker, BC Lottery Commission 
Meeting with Arnold Silbe, Value Industries

Mayor's Month at a Glance - July 2014

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in July 2014:

Meeting with CUPE
Meeting with Mr. Po regarding property development
Meeting with Nikohl Smith regarding portable daycare model
Meeting with Paul Tiwana regarding transit routes
Phone meeting with Mike St. Cyr regarding parking in residential neighbourhood
Meeting with Michael McKnight & Jeff Calbick, United Way regarding funding for seniors
Meeting with Ryan Clark, Executive Director, Port Coquitlam Sport Alliance
Phone meeting with Pastor Barry Buzza
Meeting with Karen Horton & Charlene Giovannettiking regarding Eagle Ridge Hospital
Meeting with Sandy Burpee & Shelagh Aherne regarding Housing First strategy and Coquitlam Search & Rescue
Meeting with Mike LoVecchio, CP Rail
Phone Meeting with Karol Peters regarding crime in neighbourhood
Meeting with Sunjeev Bath regarding Property Redevelopment
Meeting with Anastasia Gaisenok, Sally Lee & Sarah Khan regarding young women civic leadership
Meeting with George Trachuk regarding naturalization in Castle Park neighbourhood
Phone meeting with Harg Hundal
Meeting and Greet with new Assistant Commissioner Dan Malo
Breakfast Meeting with MLA Scott Hamilton
Meeting with Michael Carotenuto
Meeting with Director General Chuang & Isaac Chiu, Division Director, Vancouver Taipei Economic and Cultural Office
Meeting with Consul General William Chuang, Isaac Chiu, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office and Judith Fox-Alder, Terry Fox Foundation
Meeting with Gurinder Mann, Executive Director, CERA Society

Mayor's Month at a Glance - June 2014

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in June 2014:

Phone Meeting with Lynn Chappell regarding public transit in Port Coquitlam
Meeting with SFU Group regarding Moving in a Livable Region
Meeting with Omar Kaywan, Bazinga
Meeting with Jeff & Susan Shyluk
Meeting with Mike Hind, Aaron Robinson and Bob, Tri-Cities’ Chamber of Commerce
Phone Meeting with Kathy Hamilton regarding Affordable Housing
Meeting with Gillian Kirk, Avia Employment Services
Meeting with Alan Po
Meeting with Nikohl Smith
Meeting with Paul Tiwana

Mayor's Month at a Glance - May 2014

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in May  2014:

Meeting with Minister Mary Polak
Meeting with Brock Carlton, FCM
Meeting with Gillian Kirk, Avia Employment Services
Meeting with Shaun Johnston
Meeting with Pascal Spothelfer, UBC re Transit
Meeting with Wayne & Heath Ferguson
Meeting with Craig Lochhead and Martin Wyant
Meeting with Mayor Mike Clay and Mayor Richard Stewart
Meeting with Diane Delves, Quantum Properties

Mayor's Month at a Glance - April 2014

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in April  2014:

Meeting with Anthony Ciolfitto, Riverside Secondary School
Meeting with Mike Schiemann, Hope Lutheran Christian School
Meeting with Bill Anderson, Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School
Meeting with Heather Murphy, Terry Fox Senior Secondary School
Meet & Greet with Director General William Chuang, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Vancouver
Meeting with Murray Mollard & Gordon Gibson, Law Society of BC
Meeting with Deborah Stetz
Meeting with SFU Student Society
Meeting with Irene Bouchard and Renee Chadwick, Port Coquitlam Theatre Society
Meeting with Brian Savage & Craig Cappelletti, CUPE 498
Lunch Meeting with Eric Pringle re HRMSC Updates
Meeting with MLA Mike Farnworth
Meeting with Margaret Franz
Meeting with Ian Jarvie, BC Christian Academy
Meeting with Tom Grant, SD43
Meeting with John Chan
Meeting with Janine Davies

Change is Good

Over past 18 months we have been working on some positive changes around City Hall. This change started with hiring a new Chief Administrative Officer, John Leeburn. John worked with Council to set a new course for the organization. Working with both unions and exempt staff many changes have occurred. It is important that we learn from our past and build on our success.

We also signed an agreement with BCIT to provide instruction to our staff that will lead to an Associate Certificate in Leadership – City Hall School. This training will empower our staff that will create a strong organization long into the future.

This week we issued a Press Release to review the change and outline the plan going forward 2014 Media Releases  

Greg

Fremont Route Study

As long as I have been elected, which is going on 12 years, the Fremont Alignment has been an outstanding item. In fact, this area was outlined in our 1995 Official Community Plan as an area for future consideration. Over the past 20 years a lot has changed in our community, especially in the Riverwood and Dominion Triangle area. Now is the right time to determine the alignment of this future road.

As we know, there are many factors that go into designing the alignment of a route. In my mind the most important consideration is how this road will effect existing residents and our agricultural area. So, before we start any detailed engineering work, we want to hear from our community.

We encourage you to come out to the Public Consultation Session on April 9th. 

Mayor's Month at a Glance - March 2014

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in March 2014:

Meeting with Jacob Rondolo re BCIT BA Program/Project
Meeting with Greg Lund re BCIT BBA Program "Business, Society, and Ethics”
Meeting with ACORN Canada
Meeting with Len Bergquist, PoCo Inn & Suites
Meeting with Martin Wyant, SHARE Society
Meeting with Craig Lochheed & Martin Wyant re Development Opportunity
Meeting with Owner Shaughnessy Station Shopper's Drug Mart re Community Vision
Meeting with resident Lewis Dahlby re Transportation
Meeting with MLA Selina Robinson
Meeting with Gord Price, SFU re Transit Referendum
Meeting with Katherine Larssen
Phone Meeting with Charles Montgomery re Happy City
Meeting with Gord Schoberg & Georgina Wheatcroft, FortisBC Updates
Meeting with Joshua Prinster regarding political science project on TransLink
Meeting with Colin Doylend regarding LED Lighting
Meeting with Dana King
Meet and Greeting with Ida Scherler (former May Queen 1949)
Meeting with Alec Wiebe regarding Riverview Hospital lands
Meeting with Nigel Lark, Tri-City News