LGMA - Local Government Management Association of British Columbia

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Supporting local government professionals for 100 years

Our 2018 Annual Conference in Victoria was the official launch of our LGMA100 campaign. In addition to celebrating the founding of the LGMA in 1919, the LGMA100 campaign celebrates the amazing work of our members over the past 100 years.

To celebrate the impact of our members, we have announced several new centennial projects that we will be undertaking over the next year.

Thank you to our Centennial Partners:


LGMA100 Legacy Projects:

100 Years of Local Government Video SeriesTo celebrate the impact of our members over the past 100 years, the LGMA has created a new series called 100 Years of Local Government – Growing a Profession. This 10-part video series will explore the evolution of the local government profession in BC decade-by-decade over the past 100 years. Watch the series on our Facebook Page or our YouTube Channel.

100,000 Hours Volunteer Campaign: Local government professionals are the backbone of communities around the province. In addition to dedicating their working hours to improving the lives of people in their communities, many local government professionals also dedicate their free time to helping their communities through volunteerism. To celebrate the impact of local government professionals during our Centennial Year, the LGMA is encouraging local government professionals to track their volunteer hours of the coming year. Our goal is to collect 100,000 hours before the end of 2019. Learn how you can help us reach our 100,000-hour goal.

BC First Nations Public Service Scholarship: To facilitate greater engagement, understanding, and reconciliation between BC First Nations and local government staff, the LGMA and the First Nations Public Service Secretariat have created the BC First Nations Public Service Scholarship—an endowment with Vancouver Foundation that will ensure that Indigenous government professionals have access to the very best in training, professional development, and academic accreditation. To learn more about this scholarship, visit the Vancouver Foundation.

Centennial Tree Planting Campaign: With the support of BC Hydro, we are inviting all local governments in BC to plant a tree in recognition and celebration of the work of local government professionals. More information on funding, support, and tree day logistics will be provided this Fall. Download the Information Package for participating local governments.

LGMA100 Facebook Page: Through our new LGMA100 Facebook Page we will be sharing member photos, memories, and stories from their work in local government. We began collecting member stories at our 2018 Annual Conference and encourage all members to reach out to us and share some of their most memorable local government stories.


Our History - An Overview

At the 1919 Union of BC Municipalities Conference, a resolution was adopted establishing the Municipal Officers Association (MOA) of BC. The MOA met in conjunction with the UBCM Conference until 1939, when a decision was made to hold separate meetings. (The Union of BC Municipalities is comprised of elected officials from BC local governments.)

Between 1939 and 1968, the MOA held an annual conference in Victoria. Since 1969, host cities have been selected from around the Province.

Until the early 1980s, the MOA was completely a volunteer organization, with administrative assistance provided by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. The first paid staff person was hired in 1984.

In June 2000, the Association's name was changed to the "Local Government Management Association of BC" (LGMA).

The organization is currently governed by a 13 member Board of Directors, and seven staff members to handle daily operations.

The original purpose of the Municipal Officer's Association (1919) was two-fold:

  1. To encourage the interchange of ideas; and
  2. To foster/encourage a "greater efficiency of municipal officers in the performance of their duties"

The LGMA continues to uphold these ideals, striving to promote professional Management and leadership excellence in local government and to create awareness of the local government officers' role in the community. The Association provides timely and forward-thinking educational programs for local government professionals that encourage fellowship and networking.

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