In a unanimous vote, Councillor Trish Mandewo of the City of Coquitlam has been acclaimed as the new Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) president. Mandewo, who had served as the first vice president in the past year, was officially installed into her new role.
In her inaugural statement as the UBCM president, Trish Mandewo emphasized the challenges facing British Columbia communities and the role of local governments in addressing them. She said, "B.C. communities are facing overlapping crises. Local governments have sent a clear message this week about the need for improved treatment options for substance users, more action from the federal and provincial governments on purpose-built rental housing, and stronger measures to protect communities from the increasing threat of wildfire due to climate change."
Mandewo expressed her deep commitment to advocating on behalf of UBCM members, stating, "The energy and passion of our members throughout this past week is inspiring our Executive team to strongly advocate on their behalf. If provided the powers, responsibility, and tools necessary to face these challenges, local governments will deliver."
Director Art Kaehn of the Regional District of Fraser Fort George has also been acclaimed, taking up the position of first vice president.
Councillor Wesly Graham of the City of Cranbrook has been elected as the second vice president, bringing his extensive experience and dedication to the role.
Meanwhile, Councillor Jenna Stoner of the District of Squamish has been elected as the third vice president, adding a fresh perspective and renewed energy to the Executive Board.
Councillor Jen Ford of the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the outgoing president, will step into the role of the past-president.
The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) concluded its annual convention, marking the largest gathering in its history.