How Wilton Works: A conversation with Wilton Board and Commission Members
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 | 7-8 pm | The Little Theater, Wilton High School
We thank the Wilton Board and Commission members who shared their stories at the event:
Pam Ely - Board of Education
Kim Healy - Board of Selectmen
Prasad Iyer - Economic Development
Bill Lalor - Wilton Library
John Macken - Parks & Recreation
Donna Merrill - Amenities
Bas Nabulsi - Board of Selectmen
Chris Pagliaro - Planning & Zoning
Allison Sanders - Historic District
We also thank Connecticut Secretary of State Stephanie Thomas who provided closing remarks.
You can view a recording of the panel by clicking here.
You can also view Frequently Asked Questions about how to get involved in Wilton's commissions and boards by clicking here.
Finally, please click here for the League's introductory overview from the March 15th event.
Thank you all for joining!
How Wilton Works: A Conversation with Wilton Board and Commission Members
Wednesday, March 15th, 7-8pm
The Little Theater, Wilton High School
Please join the Wilton League of Women Voters, along with our co-sponsor the Miller-Driscoll Parent Teacher Association (PTA), in a conversation with a panel of fellow Wiltonians who will share their personal stories of why they wanted to serve our town and how they went about doing it.
This program, which builds on the foundation of the How Wilton Works program of last spring, will give Wilton residents an opportunity to hear how fellow townspeople came to serve on different boards and commissions. This will be an informal, dynamic conversation that leaves room for Wilton residents - new to town and/or new to thinking about how to more deeply engage and serve in our community - to pose questions and learn about the many ways to participate in making our town work and thrive.
Panelists will include members of Wilton's Board of Selectmen, Board of Education, Parks and Recreation Commission, Economic Development Commission, Historic District Commission, Master Plan Subcommittee, Amenities Subcommittee, and the Wilton Library Board of Directors. We will also provide some Frequently Asked Questions on different facets of the process of serving in different appointed and elected capacities, including links to last spring's How Wilton Works program.
Stephanie Thomas, Connecticut's new Secretary of the State, for whom grassroots efforts to expand civic engagement are a passion, will join the event to make final remarks.
The event will be held in person at the Little Theater and will also be viewable HERE.
Refreshments will be available following the program.
Connecticut Women in Politics: Past, Present, and Future
League of Women Voters of Connecticut
You are invited! What is it like to be a woman in politics and how has that changed over the years? Why are women still underrepresented in politics today? What can we do to move toward equity at all levels of government?
Please join the League of Women Voters of Connecticut on March 9th from 12:30 to 1:30p for this special Women's History Month virtual event hosted by the Capitol Information and Tours, a program of the League of Women Voters of Connecticut.
You will hear from:
- Kay Maxwell, League of Women Voters of Connecticut
- Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
- Gemeem Davis, Bridgeport Generation Now
- Callie Heilmann, Bridgeport Generation Now
The America 250 | CT Commission
invites the people of Connecticut to provide feedback as we approach the 250th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 2026
The Commission seeks to create a commemoration that is relevant, inclusive, and engaging, where Connecticut residents of all ages and backgrounds see themselves in history, appreciate its relevance, and understand how the diverse people of the past all contributed to the American story. Through the stories we share, this anniversary can encourage patriotism and pride in American resiliance while also fostering critical awareness of our faults, past and present.
How would you like to be included?
We want to hear from you! If you are a…
- business owner
- community leader
- creative thinker
- elected official
- museum professional
… we ask you to participate!
Listening sessions will be led by Richard M. Josey Jr., Founder and Principal Consultant for Collective Journeys LLC. A nationally recognized facilitator, interpreter, and equity and inclusion consultant, Richard’s personal guiding principle, “What Kind of Ancestor Will You Be?” has inspired thousands of public historians toward work in community development and transformation, development, as well as intentional planning.
PLEASE JOIN US for:
Town Hall with Wilton Town Administrator Matt Knickerbocker
Thursday March 30 (7-8:30pm)
at the Wilton Library Brubeck Room
Join Town Administrator Matt Knickerbocker in an open Town Hall forum. The Town Administrator role is new to our town governance system, and Matt is the first person ever to serve in this capacity. He began the job in September 2022, so this Town Hall at the six-month mark will be a great opportunity for him to read out his early on-the-job insights. He'll speak about his work in implementing the mission of streamlining Town operations and finding new efficiencies, as outlined by the First Selectwoman and Board of Selectmen when the position of Town Administrator was created. He will also briefly touch on the history of our classic New England “town meeting” form of government and the highly interconnected functions that exist between public, private and civic organizations that help it function successfully.
Prior to coming to Wilton, Knickerbocker was First Selectman in Bethel, CT, for 13 years. During that time, he worked closely with Lynn Vanderslice on various municipal and regional projects as part of WestCOG (Western CT Council of Governments). He was also a member of the Bethel Board of Education for ten years, serving seven years as chairman, when he oversaw renovation of two school buildings and comprehensive curriculum revamp.
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