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Civic Engagement

The City of Burnaby works to support a strong and caring community in which individuals, groups and organizations actively participate in, contribute to and help shape community and civic life. An involved community is an engaged community, where neighbours know each other, where contributions are recognized and celebrated and where there are strong connections across diverse groups.

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Policies and Initiatives

Burnaby welcomes citizens to get involved with their City. A range of volunteering opportunities exist including on civic Boards and Committees, through Citizen Support Services, in Community Policing initiatives and for Environmental Stewardship Events. Information about City processes and programs is published and distributed through the quarterly InfoBurnaby newsletter, and highlighted in annual activities for Local Government Awareness Week. The City is also an active participant in the Young Women Civic Leaders program, hosted by the Justice Education Society of B.C.

Information about resources and programs available in Burnaby can be located through Burnaby Community Services’s annual Community Resource Guide and e-calendar. Community volunteer opportunities can be found through Volunteer Burnaby. Burnaby citizens are also welcome to join and volunteer on the following community-based committees: Burnaby Early Childhood Development Community Table, Burnaby Food First Committee, and the Voices of Burnaby Seniors. For more information on these, or other community committee volunteer opportunities, please call 604-294-7421. The contributions of Burnaby citizens to their community are celebrated by the City through the annual Local Hero Awards and the Kushiro Cup.

Non-profit and social service organizations active and/or based in Burnaby, may also be interested to join the Burnaby Interagency Council. The Council has met for over 30 years to discuss social issues of importance to the Burnaby community and offers networking and partnership opportunities for non-profit service providers. For more information, or to join the Council, please call 604-294-7421.

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