SARM’s 116th Annual Convention is going digital March 8-12, 2021.
With the uncertainties surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic and out of an abundance of caution, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) will be hosting its first ever digital convention in 2021. SARM is committed to ensuring delegates have the same opportunity to dialogue with Ministers, debate resolutions, and participate in elections. Registration details and the agenda will be communicated in the months to come.
Covid-19 has impacted our industries and our communities. It has highlighted the inequities of rural broadband. Municipalities know that broadband is essential in boosting the economic and social well-being of rural communities. Online meetings and conventions are part of the future and Internet access is an essential service. While significant investments have been made to improve rural broadband, SARM believes larger investment is required to allow rural residents to fully participate in the digital world.
“We made the decision to take our annual convention online to ensure the health and safety of the roughly 2300 delegates we see at our convention,” explained SARM President Ray Orb. “We know there are internet and technology challenges in rural areas and we will work with the RMs in advance to ensure a positive digital experience.”