Councillor Russell Walker
From May 31 to June 4, I attended the FCM Annual Conference in Vancouver. Nova Scotia members on the FCM Board for 2013-14 include myself as UNSM President, HRM representative Councillor Bill Karsten, and Mayor Don Downe, District of Lunenburg. Congratulations to Mayor Downe who was also chosen as the Vice Chair of the Atlantic Regional Caucus. A special thanks to Warden Lloyd Hines who stepped down as FCM Board member after serving close to ten years. The Board members work hard on behalf of Nova Scotia municipalities, influencing FCM policy and advocacy efforts.
There is a current vacancy on the FCM Board for a Nova Scotia member. Municipal elected officials are encouraged to consider putting forward an application to FCM to serve for the coming year. All applications must include Council support for the application, as the municipality pays expenses of the member to attend all four FCM Board meetings and annual conference. FCM will provide information on the application process. Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on June 28.