LANTZVILLE, British Columbia – A group of young municipal politicians from across B.C. are hosting a conference designed to build the skills of young people interested in running for (re) election in the 2014 municipal elections.

Youth are often recognized as political leaders when it comes to petitioning, protesting, volunteering, or using new media to spread political ideas, but not when it comes to running for office. This workshop aims to increase the numbers of youth elected to municipal government in 2014 by demystifying the process and demonstrating the accessibility and allure of becoming an elected leader.

Session topics include running an election campaign, communication, authentic leadership, and public engagement. Speakers include elected leaders and professionals, including Ben Isitt (Councillor, City of Victoria), Michelle Bell (Councillor, City of Duncan), Jennifer Conkie (Leadership Coach) and Kimanda and Tania Jarzebiak (public affairs).

The workshop will take place at the Lantzville Legion on January 19th, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Currently elected young municipal leaders are invited to attend, along with any youth they wish to sponsor for the event.

For more information please contact Andrew Mostad (Councillor, District of Lantzville) at

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