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Race for FCM 3rd VP: Valentino Takes 3rd

Welcome to Municipal Affairs. I'm Christopher Brown.

This past weekend Municipal leaders from across Canada gathered in Calgary for the annual Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) convention, and today we have some exciting news from the fourth day of the convention.

In a tightly contested race, Kathy Valentino, the Deputy Mayor of Thompson, Manitoba, has been elected as the 3rd Vice President of the FCM. Valentino emerged victorious over two formidable candidates: Councillor Katie Berghofer of Strathcona County and Penhold Mayor Mike Yargeau.

The vote was a close one, with Valentino securing 227 votes, Berghofer with 215, and Yargeau with 198, highlighting the strong competition and the trust placed in Kathy's vision and leadership.

Joining the FCM Board as 3rd Vice President, Kathy Valentino steps into a pivotal role alongside Ottawa City Councillor Tim Tierney as the 2nd Vice President, Vancouver City Councillor Rebecca Bligh as the 1st Vice President, and Geoff Stewart, the Deputy Mayor of Colchester County, Nova Scotia - who has been elected as the new President of the FCM.

We had the privilege of speaking with Kathy Valentino just hours after her announcement. We’ll explore what this achievement means for her, for Thompson, and for municipalities across Canada.

She’ll share her plans and aspirations, her thoughts on collaboration, and how she intends to address the pressing issues facing our communities from coast to coast. This is Municipal Affairs.



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