UNSM Board of Director Outcomes from February 3 meeting

  1. MLA Letter - A letter was sent to all MLA's which included a copy of the passed resolutions and the Strategic Partnership Framework signed by the UNSM and Municipal Affairs Minister at the 2016 UNSM Fall Conference. Also included was a request to meet with each provincial party caucus to discuss both documents.
  2. Engage Nova Scotia - Engage Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit organizations formed in 2012 to advance a province-wide culture of collaboration, innovation and self-reliance. They have met with UNSM and are proposing a series of steps to communicate and work directly with municipalities.
  3. Committee Appointments - During a teleconference held January 17, the UNSM Board appointed the following individuals to the following committees: NS Building Advisory Committee: Councillor Andre Veinotte, District of Chester, Health and Benefits: Councillor John MacLennan, County of Inverness and Deputy Warden Linda Gregory, District of Digby; PVSC: Councillor Clifford Hood, Town of Yarmouth, Councillor Darren Bruckschwaiger, CBRM, Jane Fraser, HRM; Municipal Finance Corporation: Five candidates were submitted to the DMA Minister for Consideration: Councillor Vince Byrne - Town of Amherst; Councillor Jim Winsor - County of Kings; Councillor Ivan Doncaster - CBRM; Councillor George MacDonald - CBRM; and Councillor Wayne Talbot - Town of Truro.
  4. Committee Appointment Policy - The Board agreed to review the current UNSM Committee Appointment and Reporting Policy including how candidates are appointed, candidate qualifications, ensuring a consistent reporting process back to the board, and posting of meeting minutes and agendas on UNSM website.
  5. Women Mayors Op Ed Piece - Given that in Nova Scotia's municipalities, 38 per cent of mayors are represented by women, the UNSM Board agreed to submit an Op Ed piece for the Halifax Chronicle Herald in conjunction with International Women's day on March 8. The focus will be on the importance of having women at the council table as they can offer a different perspective on issues.
  6. Advocacy Strategy Project Committee - The Board agreed to form an Advocacy Strategy Project Committee comprised of the UNSM Table Officers (President, Vice President, Past President), UNSM Executive Director, UNSM Manager, Member Relations, UNSM member with experience utilizing social media, and a municipal communications staff person. The Committee will prepare an RFP to engage a consultant. The consultant will be tasked with preparing a report to develop an advocacy strategy that will enhance UNSM’s profile and visibility among the membership, the Province, stakeholder groups and general public through the use of traditional media and social media.