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Opening the Potential - Mentoring for Women


Is Politics For You?

If you’re a woman between 22 and 40, we can help you find out through...

Opening the Potential Mentoring
A program for women interested in municipal politics.

Edmonton’s City Council is joining a national effort to bring more women into local decision making.

Opening the Potential Mentoring aims to inspire young women to think about public service as a career.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities says women, who comprise about half the population, make up just 25% of municipal councils. Canada and its communities cannot afford to lose the insights and expertise of half our population.

How the program works

See the Participant Guide for further information.

  • Successful applicants will be matched with participating City Council members.
  • Volunteer mentorship will run September through March, time commitment will depend on participants’ goals and objectives. Suggested:
    - two meetings per month – may include job shadowing or Council meetings
    - regular phone and e-mail contact with Councillor
  • Enrolment is limited this year to 9 spaces
Also planned:
- monthly workshops on municipal governance, strategic planning, media relations, leadership perspectives, campaigning and civic agencies
- additional activities or events may be organize

How you might benefit

  • Improve understanding of political system
  • Develop skills and enhance career
  • Build networks
  • Increase self-confidence

Who is eligible?

  • Women 22 to 40 years of age
  • Available volunteer time during the day
  • No previous experience in public office necessary

How to apply

  • Updated information will be posted in the spring of 2015.
Lynne Turvey, Council Services Supervisor
Office of the City Clerk
3rd Floor, City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7
Fax: 780-496-8175
E-mail: Lynne.Turvey@edmonton.ca



For more information:

Lynne Turvey

Office of the City Clerk, Council Services
3rd Floor, City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB
T5J 2R7



Fax 780-496-7817
Email lynne.turvey@edmonton.ca