Grant intended to promote diversity in local politics

A campaign is under way to have more women and visible minorities on the ballot for the October municipal election.

The Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion has teamed up with Elect More Women and The Maytree Foundation to organize a boot camp to promote civic inclusion in government relations.

With the help of a $122,500 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the program is set to launch in April with a roundtable of previously elected minority politicians.

“We want these people to think of civic leadership as an option … we hope this encourages them to become more embedded in their own community,” said Evelyn Myrie, executive director of the Hamilton centre.

And there is also a push by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to help get more women into local politics.  The federation has links and a handbook for women running for municipal office anywhere in Canada.

In Hamilton, the Centre for Civic Inclusion is holding a 10-session workshop series designed to teach interested participants about the political process.

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(Image source: Top – Elect More Women conference logo)

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