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What’s in it for YOU?

Here’s what some board members have to say about volunteering for a civic board.

Meghana Valupadas - Women's Advocacy Voice of Edmonton

Photo of Meghana ValupadasThe top three reasons I decided to volunteer for Women's Advocacy Voice of Edmonton (WAVE) were to learn about governance and municipal systems, become more connected in my community, and provide representation through my voice.

The opportunity to be a member of a board allows you to provide your unique and valuable perspective directly to City leadership on issues that affect your communities. 

You get to grow new skills in communication, leadership and advocacy. But my favourite reason is the amazing people you get to meet, from other board members to community advocates - you will be surrounded by people who are trying to make the world a better place.

Brian Carbol - Assessment Review Board

Photo of Brian CarbolIn applying to the board I was looking for opportunities to  apply my experience, skills and knowledge in a completely new setting, to learn and develop new skills and a new knowledge base, and to have an opportunity to interact with the public directly and work collaboratively with fellow tribunal members.

I would say that as a member of the Assessment Review Board you have the great fortune to work with members who have been very successful in their careers.  A great diversity of skill and knowledge sets are represented on the board and all contribute to the deliberations that result in making good decisions on the matters before the board. Board members work collaboratively and there is a very positive culture and camaraderie within the board. It is a pleasure to work in such an atmosphere.

Isabell Hubert - Edmonton Transit System Advisory Board

Photo of Isabell HubertI decided to volunteer for a City of Edmonton board as I have had a keen interest in public transit and research for a long time. The Transit System Advisory Board gives me the opportunity to do research on a variety of transit-related topics, and discuss new ideas and developments with an interdisciplinary group of people. 

The work we do as a board feels very meaningful. As a board member, you get to explore many different topics related to your passion, and work in a team to provide recommendations to Council in the form of a report. You also get a sense of municipal politics and the workings of City Council.
 

For More Information

Civic Agencies Coordinator

Office of the City Clerk
300, City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB   T5J 2R7

Telephone 780-442-4395
Fax 780-496-8175
Email civic.agencies@edmonton.ca

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