The Township of Wilmot joins other municipalities across Ontario in celebrating Local Government Week from October 16 to 22, 2016 (3rd week in October annually). This is an opportunity for students and youth to increase their civic awareness and share their ideas about what's important to them as Wilmot residents. Local Government Week was developed by the Province of Ontario, the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks, and Treasurers of Ontario, and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario to celebrate the key role that Ontario local governments play in helping to define the character, priorities, and amenities of communities.
The Township of Wilmot will be celebrating Local Government Week with events held in the month of October. Mayor Les Armstrong is pleased to invite local classrooms to visit the Township Administration Complex for a short talk with him followed by an interactive question and answer session in Council Chambers. We have found that Grade 5 students especially enjoy the visit because it supports their curriculum on government, but all grade levels are welcome. This event is free of charge. The visit is for approximately 30 minutes.
Following the talk with the Mayor, students visit the departments of the Township, where they learn about the operations of the municipality. The visit is free of charge, and the Township can accommodate approximately 40 students at a time.
The Mayor (or Township Ward Councillor/s) also visits schools in the municipality to explain local government and to answer questions from students.
Beginning in the spring of 2017, the Township will host a 'Council for the Day' Contest open to all Grade 5 students in Wilmot. Six (6) winners are chosen based on their ideas for making Wilmot an even better place to live. One of the winners will be named Mayor of Wilmot for the day and the other five (5) students will serve as Councillors.
All six (6) winners:
The Council for the Day contest will be launched in early 2017. Stay tuned for more details.