Yolaine Kirlew elected to Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
In front of over 2000 municipal politicians and staffers, Yolaine Kirlew received 60 per cent of the vote to become the third-vice president of The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) at FCM’s general meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia which took place from May 31 to June 3.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is the national voice of municipal government representing 90 per cent of Canada’s municipal population.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901. Members include Canada’s largest cities, small urban and rural communities, and 20 provincial and territorial municipal associations.
FCM carries on the tradition of actively advocating to have the needs of municipalities - and their citizens - reflected in federal policies and programs.
“It really sets the stage for us to know that we’re not just a little place somewhere that can be ignored. We are able to compete on the national stage and deliver, in a dynamic way, to down south and beyond to say that you can’t just ignore the North anymore,” said Kirlew excitingly about the new opportunity.
Kirlew did add that her recently elected role as third-vice president is dependent on her maintaining her seat as councillor in the next municipal election.
When asked what led Kirlew to her new role, she finished by saying the priority is to bring forward the issues the community is facing to help bring change to Sioux Lookout.
“I have a deep belief in social justice and a personal desire to foster social change and that’s why I came in to politics and that’s why I’m here in Sioux Lookout because I want to make sure that our challenges and opportunities are forefront where we can make an impact to affect our lives at these decision making tables,” she concluded.