Mayor and Council Encourage Women to Get into Politics
In conjunction with the “Inspiring Women Among Us” celebration that is taking place in the City ( see previous story) Mayor and Council are opening Council Chambers on Saturday for a couple of hours to spread the word, and possibly inspire women among us, to enter the realm of municipal politics.
Prince George has had two females hold the post of Mayor, Carrie Jane Gray was the first, then Sherri Green and the current presence of women on Council (3) accounts for about one third of those elected.
Mayor Lyn Hall points to provincial politics and the number of provinces with female premiers, the increasing numbers of women in the federal government and says the time is right. “I think the whole gender balance and demographic balance is good on Council or any elected body.”
The event at City Hall starts at 10 am and runs until noon Saturday. Mayor Hall says he plans to share his experiences in elected roles ” I think what I want to do is just lay out what Mayor and Council are all about, what it’s like to be an elected official and I will likely talk about my time on the School Board and the commitment that it needs, the work load and what you can expect from the job, the struggles, the stresses and the positive things.”
Mayor Hall’s list of positives includes seeing things you have been working on, come to fruition. such as the development of the Riverbend Seniors complex, the resumption of the Courtyard Marriott Hotel construction, construction in the downtown, and a positive feeling and attitude in the City. “So when you work hard to achieve something, and once you finally know that deal is in the bag, it’s a pretty positive feeling.”
He says he wants to give those who attend, a sense of what it’s like to be Mayor of Prince George and what it’s like to be on Council “For me, it’s about giving that overall picture and not just the challenges but the benefits as well because that’s important, there is a lot of positive stuff you can take away from being on Council or in an elected municipal position.”
The bottom line says Mayor Hall is “Those of us who are elected, we have a responsibility to show others it’s a worthwhile endeavour, and to step to the plate in those elected positions, yes, it takes strength and it’s a big decision to make, but for me and for anybody in an elected position, it’s a worthwhile cause, it’s a worthwhile job to take on.”