FCM breakfast tribute honours Québec City's late mayor Andrée Boucher - Launches campaign to recruit women to municipal government

    QUEBEC CITY, June 1 /CNW Telbec/ - More than 200 municipal leaders from
around the country, including Québec City mayor Régis Labeaume and Toronto
mayor David Miller, gathered this morning to pay tribute to Mme. Andrée
Boucher, Quebec City's late mayor, and to encourage more women to follow in
her footsteps.
    A special tribute to the woman who dedicated more than four decades of
her life to public service and died suddenly while in office was the focal
point of a breakfast meeting organized by the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities (FCM).
    "We want and need more women in all our city halls across Canada," said
Pam McConnell, Toronto city councillor and chair of FCM's Standing Committee
on Increasing Women's Participation in Municipal Government. "Mayor Boucher
led by example and demonstrated the kind of leadership that women can bring to
    To honour her leadership and importance as a role model for women
throughout Canada, FCM renamed its scholarship, presented annually to a
university or college student, in Mme. Boucher's memory. The scholarship fund
was boosted with the presentation of a cheque for $5,000 from engineering
consulting firm Dessau.
    The breakfast also saw the launch of FCM's Regional Champions Campaign, a
grassroots initiative to build networks throughout Canada to encourage,
support and mentor women who are considering running for election to municipal
    FCM's goal is to reach 30 per cent participation by women on municipal
councils by 2026. Currently in Canada, women represent 13.9 per cent of mayors
and 23.6 per cent of councillors, for an average of 22.2 per cent and a total
of 5,487 women out of a total of 24,758 mayors and councillors.

    For more information on the campaign, see the FCM website at www.fcm.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Maurice Gingues, (613) 907-6395

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