Memo to Membership

Election Day is over, and the voters of Newfoundland and Labrador have made their choices for mayor, councillors at large, and ward councillors.  Today many of you are celebrating; some are still catching their breath, while others of us are reflecting on the memories we have made and the colleagues we will cherish.

The MNL team would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who participated in this process; the municipal clerks and returning officers, candidates who put their name forward, campaign managers and volunteers, all of whom did their part to ensure the day went off smoothly and voters were able to execute their democratic right.

I would like to extend my thanks to the MNL Board of Directors.  The two years I have served as President have been a treasured experience.  The unbelievable passion and vision my fellow directors have for our province is awe-inspiring, and I have full confidence that, while the path may not always be easy, our future is bright.

Leading up to the election MNL worked with Equal Voice to encourage more women to consider running for municipal politics. I would like to thank Sheilagh O’Leary, Lynn Hammond and Lori Lee Oates for delivering their campaign school for women, and empowering young women to become active community leaders.  I would also like to thank  Minister Eddie Joyce and the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment for their continued work and dedication to the municipal sector.

We’ve talked endlessly about voter turnout and pondered voter apathy and disinterest. However, we are reassured by the voters who cast their ballots in yesterday’s election and by each and every candidate who took a leap of faith and put their name on a ballot that our democratic process are values still held in high regard.

My deepest gratitude goes out to you all,

Mayor Karen Oldford, President
Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador