May 16 to 20 is Local Government Awareness Week and the Regional District of Central Kootenay, the City of Nelson, the Villages of Nakusp, Salmo and Slocan, and the Town of Creston are inviting residents to learn more about the role these local governments play in their communities by hosting a number of free and fun events.
“We are excited to partner with some of our member municipalities to celebrate Local Government Awareness Week,” says RDCK chair Karen Hamling. “We work together to deliver many important services to residents. We invite the public to come out to meet staff and elected officials, ask us questions, and learn more about what we do.”
Residents are invited to take a quiz about local government in the region for a chance to win a fabulous prize pack. The quiz will be available at the events being hosted around the area. The winner will be announced on June 1.
On Tuesday, you can tour the Nelson Hydro power plant by calling 250-352-8234, tour the fire call by calling 250-352-3103, and Nelson Police Department by calling 250-505-5653. Additionally, Salmo hosts its age-friendly community forum at 6 p.m. at the Salmo Valley Youth and Community Centre.
On Wednesday, there’s a free barbecue at the RDCK office in Nelson, 202 Lakeside Dr., from noon to 1 p.m., where you can meet staff and directors.
On Thursday, Salmo will host three open houses from 9 to 11 a.m. at the village office, fire hall, and KP Park. Slocan will host open houses at the village office, Legion, fire hall, and wellness centre.
On Friday, there’s a free barbecue at Nelson city hall from noon to 1 p.m. Nakusp also hosts an open house at the village office from 2 to 4 p.m.
Local Government Awareness Week is an initiative of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and numerous partners.