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Celebrating Women of Influence

The Women of Influence in Local Government Award celebrates women who have made significant contributions to the field, whether on the administrative or political side of life. Women who have demonstrated grace under pressure. Women who have worked collaboratively and lifted up others along the way in the pursuit of affecting positive change in communities.

2020 Award Recipients

In advance of International Women’s Day, Municipal World kicked off its 2020 awards celebrating Women of Influence in Local Government.

This year’s first honouree is Annie Bernard-Daisley, a three-term band councillor from We’koqma’q First Nation and the first woman from We’koqma’q to lead the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association.

The second 2020 honouree is Sheila Bassi-Kellett, City Administrator in Yellowknife – the first woman to ever hold the position with the municipality – and a former Deputy Minister in the government of the Northwest Territories.

The third 2020 honouree is Opal Mauldin-Jones. She has been City Manager in Lancaster, Texas since 2011 and as of 2020 she is one of only seven African-American women to manage a city in the state.

The fourth 2020 honouree is Lynn Dollin. Although she has only been the mayor of Innisfil since 2018, she has been a force on council for some 26 years.

The fifth and final 2020 honouree is Carole Saab, CEO of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Although her move into the CEO role happened earlier this year, she has worked for the organization for more than 10 years.

Nominations are closed for the 2020 awards but watch this page for additional honourees, to be announced by Municipal World throughout 2020.

2019 Award Recipients

The 2019 Women of Influence in Local Government honourees included:

  • Vicki-May Hamm, Mayor of the City of Magog, Quebec
  • Pam Davis, Senior Management Analyst at the City of Boulder, Colorado
  • Pat Vanini, retired in 2019 after 23 years with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario
  • Delia Reiche, Development Liaison at the County of Brant

For a recap of 2019 award honourees see the article
Municipal World honours Women of Influence in Local Government.