At the annual meeting of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) in Regina Saskatchewan, Vegreville Councillor Taneen Rudyk became the organization's newest President.
Rudyk said in her address, "All of us in this room, no matter where we might fall on a spectrum – from east to west, from north to south, from big cities to small towns – we know that there are more things that unite us than divide us."
The Vegreville Councillor takes over the position from outgoing president, Middlesex County (Ontario) Councillor Joanne Vanderheyden.
Rudyk will helm the organization, that has been a voice for municipalities from coast to coast to coast since 1901. According to the FCM website, "(FCM) members include more than 2,000 municipalities of all sizes, from Canada's cities and rural communities to northern communities and 20 provincial and territorial municipal associations."
In May of 2021, Cross Border Interviews with Chris Brown sat down with Councillor Rudyk for our series on Alberta Municipalities.
Rudyk has been severing on the board of the FCM since 2017. She previously served as First Vice President.
Rudyk becomes the first Albertan in 10 years to serve as president of the organization. Karen Leibovici, former Edmonton City Councillor served in the role in 2012.