Accessibility Training Workshops

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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AMANS has coordinated with the Board representatives and the Accessibility Directorate office to organize regional training workshops on Accessibility. The sessions will be two hours in length and have Gerry Post and Joshua Bates from the Directorate’s office in attendance. Workshop participants will learn helpful tips on how to comply with the act and, most importantly, meet the accessibility needs of your community. The workshop will offer a recommended approach to forming an Accessibility Advisory Committee and developing your accessibility plan. Many of the steps that will be shared were piloted in the Town of Wolfville, which developed Nova Scotia’s first comprehensive municipal accessibility plan. It is highly recommended that senior administrative leaders and accessibility coordinators come (others are also welcome to attend).

This workshop will be for the South Shore Region and held in the Multipurpose Room of the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre beginning at 1:00 p.m. running until 3:00 p.m.

Please register for the workshop here

Accessibility Training Workshops

Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
This event does not repeat

AMANS has coordinated with the Board representatives and the Accessibility Directorate office to organize regional training workshops on Accessibility. The sessions will be two hours in length and have Gerry Post and Joshua Bates from the Directorate’s office in attendance. Workshop participants will learn helpful tips on how to comply with the act and, most importantly, meet the accessibility needs of your community. The workshop will offer a recommended approach to forming an Accessibility Advisory Committee and developing your accessibility plan. Many of the steps that will be shared were piloted in the Town of Wolfville, which developed Nova Scotia’s first comprehensive municipal accessibility plan. It is highly recommended that senior administrative leaders and accessibility coordinators come (others are also welcome to attend).

This workshop will be for the South Western Shore Region and held in Town of Yarmouth's Town Hall beginning at 10:00 a.m. running until 12:00 p.m.

Please register for the workshop here

Accessibility Training Workshops

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
This event does not repeat

AMANS has coordinated with the Board representatives and the Accessibility Directorate office to organize regional training workshops on Accessibility. The sessions will be two hours in length and have Gerry Post and Joshua Bates from the Directorate’s office in attendance. Workshop participants will learn helpful tips on how to comply with the act and, most importantly, meet the accessibility needs of your community. The workshop will offer a recommended approach to forming an Accessibility Advisory Committee and developing your accessibility plan. Many of the steps that will be shared were piloted in the Town of Wolfville, which developed Nova Scotia’s first comprehensive municipal accessibility plan. It is highly recommended that senior administrative leaders and accessibility coordinators come (others are also welcome to attend).

This workshop will be for the Strait Area Region and held in the Shannon Studio of the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre beginning at 1:30 p.m. running until 3:30 p.m.

Please register for the workshop here

Property Assessment and Taxation Workshop

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Many stakeholders are not fully acquainted with ad valorem taxation principles and applications. While there is ample technical “know-how” training and education on property assessment and taxation, there is much less “know- why” knowledge comprehensively available at senior, local and administrative levels. The ad valorem taxation scheme developed centuries before other forms of taxation exists in most countries in the world but is subject to constant challenge.

The aim of this workshop is to explain the evolution of assessment and property taxation in Canada, with particular reference to the Nova Scotia context; identify the need for clear assessment and taxation policies; discuss issues associated with this form of taxation; stimulate discussion and offer possible solutions to the challenges faced by stakeholders today. It will briefly describe the history and evolution of Ad Valorem Taxation in Canada, with most of the time focused on property tax policy, principles, challenges and issues along with an overview of the fundamentals of property assessment in a mass appraisal context.

 Presenter: David Highfield

David has recently retired as President and CEO of BC Assessment after 40 years in the assessment business. Starting as a temporary appraiser, serving as the Assessor for the Greater Vancouver Area and more recently as the Vice President responsible for all properties in BC, he has broad experience in assessment.

David is an Accredited Appraiser (AACI) with the Appraisal Institute of Canada. He has served on the Boards of a variety of business related and professional organizations and is Past President of the Appraisal Institute of Canada. He has served as a guest lecturer at the BC Institute of Technology, the Chair of the Valuers Global Forum in Washington, DC and was an active participant in the development of the UBC distance learning degree for appraisers. He now serves on the Board of Directors governing BC Assessment Authority.

Who Should Attend?

 Senior Municipal Administrators (CAO, Director of Finance, etc.)

 Municipal Administrators interested in taxation (e.g. tax collection officials)

Register

The cost of this workshop is free. To register for this workshop please click here

Accessibility Training Workshops

Monday, September 30, 2019 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
This event does not repeat

AMANS has coordinated with the Board representatives and the Accessibility Directorate office to organize regional training workshops on Accessibility. The sessions will be two hours in length and have Gerry Post and Joshua Bates from the Directorate’s office in attendance. Workshop participants will learn helpful tips on how to comply with the act and, most importantly, meet the accessibility needs of your community. The workshop will offer a recommended approach to forming an Accessibility Advisory Committee and developing your accessibility plan. Many of the steps that will be shared were piloted in the Town of Wolfville, which developed Nova Scotia’s first comprehensive municipal accessibility plan. It is highly recommended that senior administrative leaders and accessibility coordinators come (others are also welcome to attend).

This workshop will be for the Pictou, Cumberland and Truro Region and held at the Truro Fire Hall beginning at 10:00 a.m. running until 12:00 p.m.

Please register for the workshop here

Accessibility Training Workshops

Friday, October 04, 2019 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
This event does not repeat

MANS has coordinated with the Board representatives and the Accessibility Directorate office to organize regional training workshops on Accessibility. The sessions will be two hours in length and have Gerry Post and Joshua Bates from the Directorate’s office in attendance. Workshop participants will learn helpful tips on how to comply with the act and, most importantly, meet the accessibility needs of your community. The workshop will offer a recommended approach to forming an Accessibility Advisory Committee and developing your accessibility plan. Many of the steps that will be shared were piloted in the Town of Wolfville, which developed Nova Scotia’s first comprehensive municipal accessibility plan. It is highly recommended that senior administrative leaders and accessibility coordinators come (others are also welcome to attend).

This workshop will be for the Valley Region and held in the Town of Kentville's Council Chambers beginning at 10:00 a.m. running until 12:00 p.m.

Please register for the workshop here

Financial Management for Municipal Managers

Thursday, November 07, 2019 9:00 am - Friday, November 08, 2019 1:00 pm
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This financial management module is designed to build awareness and an understanding of how to create long-term financial strategies, prepare and use operating/capital budgets, review financial statements and other performance indicators and the preparation of year-end statements. We will also look at best practices with respect to financial planning. This module is the first of three in our financial management series. For more information please visit: https://amans.ca/financial-management-1.html

Financial Management for Municipal Managers

Thursday, November 07, 2019 9:00 am - Friday, November 08, 2019 1:00 pm
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HR Management Module 1

Friday, November 15, 2019 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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This skills-based training module is intended to improve municipal administrators’ knowledge with respect to employment and labour law, human resources, and benefit plans. It will help build awareness of the legal framework of human resource management with respect to employment contracts, collective agreements and workplace policies. Participants will also learn the procedure for dispute resolution and the legal responsibilities of municipal managers. This is the first of our two modules in the HR training series. For more information please visit: https://amans.ca/human-resources-module.html

Accessibility Plans and Actions Workshop

Friday, September 25, 2020 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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The Accessibility Directorate in collaboration with AMANS invite you to a Webinar designed to inform Municipal Accessibility Leads and other staff about Accessibility Plans and actions, and the different ways to approach meeting the obligations of prescribed public sector bodies as identified in the Accessibility Act.  This webinar is geared specifically to municipalities and will take place on September 25, 9:00am -10:00am. The session will be 1.0 hours long, leaving room for questions and discussion among participants.

The Webinar will feature two presenters:

Sarah Kucharski, Municipality of the District of Lunenburg Communications Officer and Joint Accessibility Committee Team Lead

Sarah has shown tremendous leadership as the Accessibility Lead for a Joint Working Group whose partnering municipalities include MODL, Town of Bridgewater, Town of Mahone Bay, Town of Lunenburg, and the District of Chester. This joint committee has taken the approach of developing a united framework and universal standards, with individual operational plans. Sarah will share her experience in forming and leading this joint committee, and the work they have accomplished so far.

Rachel Bedingfield, Director of Parks and Recreation in Kentville and Kentville Accessibility Lead

Rachel has led the accessibility work in the Town of Kentville, assembling their Advisory Committee and showing exemplary leadership in the Town’s approach of working to meet the obligations identified in the Accessibility Act. She will share her experience in recruiting membership for their Accessibility Advisory Committee, and other successes.

To register for the workshop please click here.

Staff from the Accessibility Directorate will be on the Webinar to assist with answering questions and facilitating a discussion after the presentation. 

 

Supporting Meetings Webinar Series

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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So much time is spent in meetings, it is critical to ensure that they are well-organized, planned, and beneficial to the participants. This is why AMANS is hosting a webinar series on supporting meetings. Whether a Council meeting or Committee meeting, the preparation can be challenging and complex and doesn’t end once the meeting is over. Meeting preparation involves preparing agendas, reports and briefing notes, advising on meeting procedures, producing minutes, and more. This workshop will provide those who support meetings as part of their job with tools and ideas to organize meetings in a municipal setting.

Part I

September 30 at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Preparing agendas for open and closed meetings

  • Crafting resolutions and decision-making options
  • Advising on meeting procedures, motions, amendments, etc.
  • Clarifying and establishing respect for support staff's roles
  • Take away tools for participants

Part II

October 7 at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

What to know when taking minutes – helpful hints.

  • Minute content
  • Getting the motion right
  • Minutes approval process and its impacts
  • Impacts of FOI and privacy issues on minutes and agendas

Speaker: Bernie White, Registered Parliamentarian

Cost:

Members: $125 per session $200 for both

Non-members: $150 per session $250 for both

To register for the session please use this Registration Form

 

Supporting Meetings Webinar Series

Wednesday, October 07, 2020 10:00 am - 11:30 am
This event does not repeat

So much time is spent in meetings, it is critical to ensure that they are well-organized, planned, and beneficial to the participants. This is why AMANS is hosting a webinar series on supporting meetings. Whether a Council meeting or Committee meeting, the preparation can be challenging and complex and doesn’t end once the meeting is over. Meeting preparation involves preparing agendas, reports and briefing notes, advising on meeting procedures, producing minutes, and more. This workshop will provide those who support meetings as part of their job with tools and ideas to organize meetings in a municipal setting.

Part I

September 30 at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Preparing agendas for open and closed meetings

  • Crafting resolutions and decision-making options
  • Advising on meeting procedures, motions, amendments, etc.
  • Clarifying and establishing respect for support staff's roles
  • Take away tools for participants

Part II

October 7 at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

What to know when taking minutes – helpful hints.

  • Minute content
  • Getting the motion right
  • Minutes approval process and its impacts
  • Impacts of FOI and privacy issues on minutes and agendas

Speaker: Bernie White, Registered Parliamentarian

Cost:

Members: $125 per session $200 for both

Non-members: $150 per session $250 for both

To register for the session please use this Registration Form