Norfolk is joining the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, and many other municipalities across the province to celebrate Local Government Week from October 15 to 21.  

The week was established to increase youth and public awareness about local governments’ vital role in our communities.  

“Delivering excellent municipal services is a priority for Council and staff. I’m proud of our team and the efforts they’ve made to provide better service to our entire community,” said Norfolk Mayor Amy Martin. “This week is a good reminder to residents to look down, look up, and look forward: Municipal staff and services are at work all around you, every day.”   

As part of Local Government Week, Norfolk invites local students in grades five and 10 to share their knowledge and ideas about the County. The submission deadline is Friday, November 3.  

Grade five students:  

  • Parents or teachers can download the printout, and students can draw and/or write about what local government does for them and their families.  
  • Completed pages can be dropped off at any Norfolk County Public Library Branch or Simcoe Recreation Centre Customer Service Counter.  
  • Artwork will be displayed on the walls of Council Chambers.   

Grade 10 students:  

  • Students must describe, in 500 words or less, what Norfolk County means to them and what they would do differently if they made decisions.  
  • Students can submit their essays to [email protected]  
  • Members of Norfolk County’s Council will select the winning submissions.  
  • Winners will be invited in person to Council to receive a gift package and be recognized by Mayor Amy Martin at the November 21 Council meeting, and on social media.   

To learn more about Local Government Week in Norfolk, or access materials for students, please visit  

Residents can also check out Norfolk’s Facebook and X (formerly Twitter) pages for posts and videos throughout the week.