A council is the heart of government at the local level, representing and advocating for its community to the outside world. Elected members are community leaders; with the mayor the community’s chosen leading citizen.
Elected members are often invited to be guests of honour at community functions, host visiting dignitaries, represent central government, and officiate at formal events. If the mayor is unable to attend a function, he/she may ask the deputy mayor, a councillor or local board member to attend.
Staff planning openings and events will facilitate discussions with elected members and their support departments about roles and responsibilities at the function.