Event for women running for municipal office in Grey-Bruce

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Four women who are on municipal councils in Grey and Bruce counties will be panelists at a May 11 online event, sponsored by ElectHER.

The group is inviting anyone thinking about running for municipal office in 2022 to learn more at the evening event by registering at the organization’s website.

Panelists include West Grey Mayor Christine Robinson; Meaford Deputy-Mayor Shirley Keaveney; Northern Bruce Peninsula councillor Megan Myles and Georgian Bluffs councillor Cathy Moore Coburn.

The volunteer organization electHER has the goal of increasing the number of women elected to municipal office to more fully represent the population served.

Right now, women make up over 50 percent of the population in the region but only 27% of elected municipal officials, organizers say.

The group is not only encouraging women to run but also will offer support during their first term in office.

The website, electhernow.ca, hosts links to many resources, including a guide to women candidates from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

The website lists campaign tools, learning events such as the May 11 panel, podcasts and videos. The site is being updated with more resources over time.

Those registering for the event can submit questions to the panel, to guide the presenters. Registration is free, but limited to 100 participants.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald