The Town of Blackfalds has announced the formation of a new committee to encourage women and minorities to become involved in politics.
The Women and Minorities in Politics Committee met for the first time April 19.
“I am very excited that the committee had so many suggestions for presenters for this initiative – we are very lucky to have a wonderful variety of leaders to choose from and we hope that this committee will encourage more people with diverse backgrounds and cultures to run in the upcoming election or join a board,” said chairperson and Blackfalds Coun. Rebecca Stendie.
In the future, the committee will host educational sessions to discuss the barriers present when running for office or being involved in any role in local government.
Mayor Richard Poole, who has been a council member for over 20 years, noted he was proud of Blackfalds’ long history of female elected officials.
“For 10 years, Blackfalds had the privilege of being led by Mayor Melodie Stol, and in the past three terms we have been fortunate that we have had strong representation by having three out of seven councillors chosen by our community being women,” Poole said.
Anyone interested in becoming involved with the committee, or would like to learn more about Blackfalds politics in anticipation of the 2021 municipal election, is asked to visit www.blackfalds.com.