Municipal Awareness Day 2015

NEWS RELEASE – May 6, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY – In recognition of May 6th as Municipal Awareness Day, the 11th Council

NEWS RELEASE – May 6, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY – In recognition of May 6th as Municipal Awareness Day, the 11th Council of Happy Valley-Goose Bay held a proclamation signing with student council/government members from Queen of Peace Middle School and Mealy Mountain Collegiate.

This year’s Municipal Awareness Day theme is Get Involved: Municipal Government – Youth Leadership.

“We value the importance of encouraging youth leaders in our community to become active and engaged citizens,” said Mayor Jamie Snook. “Our local youth leaders are doing tremendous work within their student governments and we want to expand their knowledge of municipal institutions.”

To engage youth leaders in our municipal government, the Town and Council of Happy Valley-Goose Bay is launching a Youth Leadership Social Media Photo Challenge that will run from May 6th – May 31st.

This contest is open to middle and high school students in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Youth can post their photo(s) to social media with the hashtag #HVGByouth. Photos must capture one/or all of the following:
• Their favourite places in our community
• What they love about Labrador
• Challenges facing our municipality

The winner of the challenge, to be announced in early June, will receive an iPod and be named “Mayor for a Day”. This will provide the winner the opportunity to shadow the mayor and council to learn about their local government and the role of youth leaders.

Municipal Awareness Day is an annual celebration for municipalities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. This initiative is a joint partnership between the Provincial Government’s Department of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs, Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador and the Professional Municipal Administrators organization. Each year a specific day is declared to show appreciation for municipal governments across the province.

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Media contact:
Naomi Osborne
Public Relations and Special Events Manager
Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Office: (709) 896-3254
Cell: (709) 896-1609
[email protected]