SIOUX LOOKOUT – BUSINESS – Sioux Lookout is seeking to work with community organizations to implement strategies, recommendations, policies and procedures to strengthen the Voice of Women from diverse communities in local decision making and leadership.
In March 2016, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced Sioux Lookout was one of five communities in Canada chosen to participate in the “Diverse Voices for Change” initiative. The goal of this initiative is to achieve through greater collaboration between Municipality and community organizations to increase participation in local government to 30% by 2026.
The Municipal Council has appointed Vicki Blanchard the Economic Development Manager and Councillor’s Yolaine Kirlew and Joyce Timpson to lead the “Diverse Voices for Change” Initiative.
“I am pleased to participate in this opportunity to assist more women, particularly those not from the traditional ‘mainstream’, to be represented in the governance of all matters that affect their lives – locally and municipally”, said Councillor Timpson.
“Local governments play an essential role in helping women contribute to local economic development and participate as equals in their community and we are committed to increasing women’s participation, specifically aiming to include the voices of under-represented women”, said Vicki Blanchard, Economic Development Manager.
The Municipality would like to encourage individuals or organizations interested in being part of the “Diverse Voices for Change” initiative, to please visit the homepage at www.siouxlookout.ca to complete the online participation form.