TRURO – Colchester County is planning to spend approximately $7,000 for councillors to receive formal training on municipal governance.
Colchester County Council
“I guess there’s things you can always learn,” Deputy Mayor Bill Masters said of the two-day sessions set for April 1 and 2.
A number of other councillors also spoke in favour of the training workshops to be conducted by a Dr. Gordon MacIntosh, who was described in a staff report as having “a strong reputation and stature” as both a national and international trainer.
“I don’t see how it would hurt to get some professional training,” Coun. Tom Taggart said.
The training sessions are deal with the roles and responsibilities of councillors in such areas as good governance, leadership role clarity, providing effective direction and setting goals as well as developing policy and vision for the future.
Coun. Lloyd Gibbs, however, who said he received some governance training as a member of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, expressed some skepticism about the true value of such sessions.
“You aren’t going to feel the same when you finish that as you do right now about your responsibility as a councillor,” said Gibbs, who suggested that council should be relying on staff for much of its direction.
“The staff has a responsibility here to council,” he said. “They run our show.”