WHISTLER, BC, June 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The Federation of Canadian
Municipalities (FCM) this morning saluted FCM Past President Ann MacLean and
former Vancouver city councillor May Brown for their long-time public service
and for mentoring women interested in entering municipal government.
The breakfast event, at FCM's 72nd Annual Conference, was a fundraiser
for the Mayor Andrée Boucher Memorial Scholarship, which FCM awards annually
to a college or university student judged to have submitted the best research
paper on a topic related to women in politics. The scholarship fund was
boosted with the presentation of a $5,000 cheque from the Canadian Labour
More than 250 municipal leaders were on hand as an award was named in Ann
MacLean's honour. The new award recognizes her 23-year career as a councillor
and mayor of New Glasgow, N.S., and FCM President, and for continuing as a
role model and mentor to women interested in entering elected office. The Ann
MacLean Award for Outstanding Service by a Woman in Municipal Politics will be
awarded annually to a retired woman politician to recognize her exemplary
service to her community and for mentoring women who want to run for elected
In 2005, MacLean spearheaded FCM's grassroots campaign to increase
women's participation in municipal government.
"Ann was FCM's public face who called on people to help us reverse our
true democratic deficit, namely that women make up half the population but
less than 23 per cent of municipal councils," said Pam McConnell, Toronto city
councillor and chair of FCM's Standing Committee on Increasing Women's
Participation in Municipal Government. "Ann is a tireless supporter of our
mission. This is her legacy."
MacLean said she was humbled by the dedication of the award.
"There are many examples of exceptional, municipally elected women across
the country and I am proud to have my name associated with them," said
MacLean. "These are women who understand the privilege and honour of serving
their fellow citizens in the order of government closest to the people."
Former Vancouver city councillor May Brown, 90, was the inaugural winner
of the Ann MacLean Award, recognized for her years of political and community
service, and for actively recruiting and encouraging women to run for public
"The more we can do to have balance in government, the better democracy
we'll have," said Brown, who is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order
of British Columbia.
FCM's Regional Champions Campaign also kicked off its social media
strategy at the breakfast event with the launch of its Facebook page. The
page, created by InterChange Public Affairs as its contribution to the
campaign, will serve as the platform for the social media strategy for the
To reach the Facebook page go to http://tinyurl.com/fcmwmg
The Regional Champions Campaign is a grassroots initiative to build
networks throughout Canada to encourage, support and mentor women who are
considering running for election to municipal government. FCM's goal is to
reach 30 per cent participation by women on municipal councils by 2026.
Currently in Canada, women make up 23 per cent of municipal councils.
For further information:
For further information: Joanne MacDonald, (613) 907-6241,