The Mayor of the Town of Dover, Newfoundland and Labrador, Tony Keats has been honoured with the 2023 World Mayor Community Award for his outstanding dedication and service to his community since assuming office in 1996.
The recognition comes at the end of the 2023 World's Mayor Campaign which saw candidates in the running to be named the World's Mayor. Accolades for Mayor Keats came in from near and far, showcasing the widespread appreciation for his contributions.
Mayor Craig Scott of Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador, expressed his congratulations via Twitter, saying, "Congratulations Tony on winning a World Mayor Award. I'm proud of you and fortunate to call you a friend and mentor."
Clark Sommerville, Past President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), also extended his congratulations to Mayor Keats, emphasizing his dedication to the community. Sommerville tweeted, "Congrats to my friend and (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) colleague (Town of Dover) Mayor (Tony Keats) on being recognized with the World Mayor Community Award! Well earned! He is dedicated to his community!"
The World Mayor Community Award is presented every four years by The City Mayors Foundation, an organization committed to raising the global profile of mayors and acknowledging those who have made exceptional contributions to local and urban affairs.
Elke Kahr, Mayor of Graz, Austria took the top job winning the coveted title of the 2023 World Mayor. Kahr took the top spot according to the organization because of her selfless dedication to her city and its people, as city councillor and mayor. Mayor Kahr has proven that citizen-orientated local politics can be compelling and successful.
Stefan Fassbinder, Mayor of Greifswald, Germany, has been given the 2023 World Mayor Friendship Award for his and the City of Greifswald's cooperation with and support of communities in Ukraine, Poland and Brazil.
Manuel De Araújo, Mayor of Quelimane, Mozambique, secured the 2023 World Mayor Jury Award for his steadfast defense of democratic values and ambitious initiatives to make Quelimane one of the most sustainable cities in Africa.
Despite not taking the top spot, Mayor Tony Keats' recognition is a significant achievement, highlighting the impact of leaders from small communities on the global stage. His exemplary service and dedication have set an inspiring precedent for civic leaders worldwide.