Forum to discuss good governance

Summerland Philosophers’ Cafe series discusses positive civic engagement and good governance.

As the municipal election campaign begins, organizers of the Summerland Philosophers’ Cafe series will hold a discussion on positive civic engagement and good governance.

The event will be held at the IOOF Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. It is organized by the Summerland Philosophers’ Cafe Planning Committee.

Round table discussions will examine what good governance means, who has a voice in making decisions and how to ensure good governance.

The conversation cafe will be held less than a month before Summerlanders go to the polls to elect the next municipal council and school trustees.

Margaret Holler, one of the organizers of the cafe, said the discussion on governance will look at broader issues than the present topics in local politics.

“We don’t want it to be focussed on any one political issue,” she said.

Barbara Thorburn, another of the organizers, said good governance includes transparency, accountability and accessibility.

“People are feeling more and more alienated from the levels of government,” Holler added.

At the start of the evening, Kelly Marshall, administrator of the Summerland Credit Union, will give a presentation about the governance model in place at the credit union.

For most of the evening, those present will share their thoughts and insights about good governance.