May 21, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Local Government Management Association Centennial Tree in Sechelt
Sechelt, BC - District of Sechelt participated in the Local Government Management Association (“LGMA”) Centennial Tree Planting Campaign, where the LGMA, with the support of BC Hydro contributed funds for municipalities to plant a commemorative Tree. Our tree is a red maple and is planted near the Cowrie St entrance to the Municipal Hall.
Chief Administrative Officer, Andrew Yeates said, “We are pleased to be able to dedicate this Acer platanoides ‘Crimson Sentry’ to the Local Government Management Association’s Centennial. This species is a great representation of the dedication and focus of public servants working within local government to make our country a phenomenal place to live.”
Mayor Siegers commended staff for their commitment to upholding local government best practices, “So many of our staff participate in LGMA educational programming each year – it’s really great to see.”
The LGMA was established after the end of World War I. At the 1919 Union of BC Municipalities Conference, a resolution was adopted establishing the Municipal Officers Association (MOA) of BC. Until the early 1980s, the MOA was completely a volunteer organization, with administrative assistance provided by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. The first paid staff person was hired in 1984. In June 2000, the Association's name was changed to the "Local Government Management Association of BC" (LGMA).
The original purpose of the Municipal Officer's Association (1919) was two-fold:
- To encourage the interchange of ideas; and
- To foster/encourage a "greater efficiency of municipal officers in the performance of their duties"
The LGMA continues to uphold these ideals, striving to promote professional Management and leadership excellence in local government and to create awareness of the local government officers' role in the community. The Association provides timely and forward-thinking educational programs for local government professionals that encourage fellowship and networking.
Kerianne Poulsen, Executive Assistant