Celebrating Women of Influence
On International Women’s Day in 2019, Municipal World launched a new award celebrating Women of Influence in Local Government. This year, we are inviting you to nominate women who you believe are deserving of this recognition.
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 leadership, strength, and determination. Women who have worked collaboratively and lifted up others along the way in the pursuit of affecting positive change in communities.
Your nomination should include a brief summary (up to 500 words), explaining why the individual you’ve nominated should be recognized as a Woman of Influence – highlighting:
- The role they’ve had in local government (administrative or political)
- How they’ve made a difference in their community
- Ways they’ve mentored and supported others
- Contributions they’ve made to the field of local government – locally, provincially, nationally, and/or internationally.
The 2020 Women of Influence in Local Government honourees included:
- Annie Bernard-Daisley, a three-term band councillor from We’koqma’q First Nation
- Sheila Bassi-Kellett, City Administrator in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
- Opal Mauldin-Jones, City Manager in Lancaster, Texas
- Lynn Dollin, Mayor of Innisfil, Ontario
- Carole Saab, CEO of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
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