SUMA, along with SARM and the Ministry of Government Relations, are forming a provincial peer network for municipal and rural leaders.
The Saskatchewan Municipal Peer Network gives leaders the advice and help they may need in regards to local council issues and protocol.
Saskatoon City Councillor and network peer Randy Donauer said new Councillors are put in charge of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars.
“There’s really no training program for it, and so we could be dealing with anything from Engineering reports, Governance issues, to ‘what’s my role on council,’ to ‘how do council meetings operate.'”
Donauer said there is a wide array of mentors available to talk to.
“If you’re a city Councillor, you might want to reach out to a city Councillor, and if you’re a town Councillor, you’ll want to reach out to in this case the Mayor of Lumsden or myself,” Donauer said. “We wanted to create a diversity of resources that would appeal to the people in that job.”
The Municipal Peer Network models one currently in place in Alberta.