New chair Lee McIlmoyle and the rest of the transition team are only temporary, tasked with arranging elections for more permanent positions in the coming months.
By Saira Peesker
Published September 19, 2013
Norman Kearney, the founding chair of Ward 2's Participatory Budget initiative, has gone off to school and handed the project's reins to a new group of leaders. New chair Lee McIlmoyle and the rest of the transition team are only temporary, tasked with arranging elections for more permanent positions in the coming months, while ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr has yet to confirm whether the process will continue in the same vein next year.
Lee McIlmoyle, new Ward 2 Participatory Budget chair
Earlier this month, Kearney issued a news release saying he had delegated his authority to an appointed group of people who participated heavily in the budget's first round, which concluded with a ward-wide vote in late August.
Next, each neighbourhood in the ward will elect leaders at their Annual General Meetings and those leaders will, in turn, elect a new Facilitator.
McIlmoyle was elected as chair by his fellow transition team members, who include:
A Stinson Assembly organizer and poll supervisor, McIlmoyle has written in his personal blog that he is a married writer and artist who "share(s) space with two eccentric cats and three eccentric computers." His wife Dawn is also a member of the transition team.
"Our mandate is simple: Get the AGMs and elections taken care of and get a new Facilitator in place," Lee McIlmoyle told RTH in an email. He said that all members of the group were acting on a volunteer basis, and that the assemblies were being held at free locations as not to spend money.
The Corktown gathering was held last week, while the following neighbourhood AGMs are coming up:
|North End||Bennetto Community Centre||450 Hughson Street North (map)||Oct. 2||7:30 PM|
|Durand South||Central Presbyterian Cathedral||165 Charlton Avenue West (map)||Oct. 3||7:30 PM|
|Beasley||Beasley Community Centre||27 Elgin Street (map)||Oct. 9||7:00 PM|
Dates for the Central, Durand North, Stinson and youth assemblies' AGMs have yet to be determined, but will be posted on the initiative's website.
McIlmoyle said no one has thrown a hat into the ring for the Facilitator job just yet, but that he expects to have more information about elections for that position in October.
Despite the transition team's preparations, Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr says that his office is still conducting a review of this year's initiative and may yet change the format for 2014.
"I am encouraged that there is this interest, but stress there is no guarantee the same procedures will unfold for PB14," said Farr, who say he "absolutely" will support participatory budgeting financially on an ongoing basis.
"At the same time it is good to know there is a potential roster of volunteers that want to engage. In whatever form PB14 takes, everyone will be welcome to participate."
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