Archive for ◊ November, 2006 ◊

18 Nov 2006 organizational meeting
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So now the work starts. We completed 2 days of orientation where many different things were discussed. It was a great time to meet with City staff and talk about governance issues that will effect the City. We reviewed 3 different governance models and have decided to change direction, somewhat. Gone are portfollio assignments, but in there place is a committee-of-the-whole. It is a new concept to Steinbach, but used in other communities. We feel that this will bring new councillors and our new mayor up to speed quicker on the issues effecting our city. The organizational meeting went well, it does feel strange to sit in council chambers. I look forward to our first meeting November 21st. Check back for more updates.
councillor-in-training, Jac

04 Nov 2006 meet & greet
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We had our meet & greet or wine & cheese without wine or was it whine. I met with Mayor Goertzen, CAO Jack Kehler and I am excited to start work. I have reviewed my orientation package and am learning the difference between managing & governance. Yup, got a learning curve happening. Moving forward we have orientation November 6 & 7, then organizational meeting on November 14 where we find out all the details Mayor Goertzen has decided on, then November 21 first offical council meeting. So I have my reading to get done. It does feel somewhat strange to have many people greet me on the street & restaurants and calling me councillor Siemens. Well at least it is positive for now.
councillor-in-training, Jac