Being the Chief Administrative Officer in a Canadian municipality can be very lonely at times, especially when you are facing a difficult interpersonal relationship or ethical dilemma. As municipal managers we have all experienced difficult working situations that require the exercise of sound judgment. Often times these situations are emotionally charged. These are times when we could use a sympathetic ear or a good sounding board. Your CAMA colleagues recognize the need to have an experienced resource that may be able to help you through the difficult times.
The CAMA Board has enlisted the services of some recently retired CAMA members to form a group of volunteers to help develop a Mentorship Program. CAMA members who are also ICMA members will see that there are some similarities with the US-based Range Rider Program. While some of the goals and objectives are similar it is not intended that the Mentorship Program mirror the Range Rider Program.
The Mentorship Program is intended to serve two main purposes. The first is to assist members experiencing professional difficulties; the second is to actively engage retired CAMA members in sharing their experience and expertise. The program will start modestly and will expand as needed and as appropriate. The CAMA National Office will provide a coordinating and support role.
The service provided to members is free, one-on-one, and is private and confidential. The intent is to provide counsel, experience, and support of respected, retired managers of the profession available to chief administrative officers. It is a unique source of outside counsel to their colleagues.
Mentors are friends, colleagues and counsellors to the profession – not consultants. Advisors are prohibited from soliciting consultancy work from their contact with CAMA members through this program. The program is designed to help with personal and professional issues, not to provide technical assistance to solve substantive problems in local government.
CAMA is proud to introduce the following members of the Mentorship Program:
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Please feel free to contact any one of these individuals or contact Jennifer Goodine through the CAMA National Office for assistance or more information about the Program.