FCM honours former municipal councillors Briese and Schmal

    CALGARY, June 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Federation of Canadian Municipalities
(FCM) today named two former municipal councillors to its Roll of Honour at
the organization's annual conference in Calgary. The award pays tribute to FCM
officers and officials from member municipalities and municipal associations
who have served FCM and municipal government with dedication and distinction.

    The recipients are:

    Stuart Briese, former president of the Association of Manitoba

    Municipalities Stuart Briese entered municipal politics as a councillor
in the Rural Municipality of Langford, Manitoba. A fourth-generation grain and
cattle farmer, he served 20 years on council, including eight years as deputy
reeve. He spent six years on the board of the Union of Manitoba
Municipalities, then six years with the Association of Manitoba
Municipalities, three years as vice-president, and three years as president.
During his three years on FCM's national board of directors, Stuart was a
member of the board executive committee, as well as the environmental, race
relations and transportation and communications standing committees.

    John Schmal, former president of the Federation of Canadian

    John Schmal of Alberta served 18 years on Calgary city council, from
1986-2004. Elected FCM president in 2002, John oversaw FCM's advocacy efforts
calling for a full refund of the goods-and-services tax paid by municipal
governments and for the transfer of a share of the federal gas tax to
municipalities. As a member of FCM's national board of directors, John showed
a keen interest in community safety and crime prevention. John's passion for
strong and healthy municipal governments in Canada was reflected in his
interest in building municipal governments in other parts of the world. Among
his international achievements, he played a key role in a Canadian delegation
supporting local governance in Latin American. He was able to help Canadian
federal officials and officials from other countries understand the central
importance of local governance in a nation's development. This work helped
strengthen the Latin American Continental Association of Municipal Government.
They continue to grow from the support John marshaled in their early days.

    FCM has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901.

For further information:

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

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