Local priorities take centre stage at national conference
Councillor Wayne Bokenfohr joins communities to ignite campaign to Build Better Lives
Sturgeon County, AB - Councillor Wayne Bokenfohr joined municipal leaders from across the country at FCM’s 2019 Annual Conference to deliver a united message to the federal government: Support for local governments is critical to delivering results for Canadians.
“Whether it’s better roads, transit, housing or water systems, local governments are building better lives. We make the most of the tools available, but the upcoming federal election needs to empower us to get even more done for people in Sturgeon County and for Canadians across the country,” said Bokenfohr.
Held in Quebec City, Quebec and themed Building Better Lives, this year’s conference showcased the power and influence of local government by bringing together 2,100 delegates representing communities from across the country. At the conference, attendees shared ideas about how to improve lives in their own communities. This included a presentation by Leanne McBean of Sturgeon County’s economic development team, who presented on the Sturgeon County Bounty.
“Sturgeon County Bounty is an initiative aimed at connecting our agriculture sector with chefs and consumers to build relationships and support growth and diversity within the county,” said Bokenfohr. “Our Culinary Cookout event has become the flagship for this initiative, with all food vendors including ingredients from local producers. We are also preparing for our second Sturgeon County Kitchen Party, which is a unique invite-only networking event for producers, area chefs, and food vendors. We’re very proud of our work in promoting the agriculture sector and seeing the new partnerships and collaborations.”
The conference also provided opportunities for delegates to bring their diverse realities to discussions of some of Canada’s most pressing issues, including housing affordability, national broadband and transit. Local leaders also explored ways to advance energy infrastructure while protecting the environment.
“I was inspired to see thousands of local leaders so energized and engaged,” said incoming FCM President Bill Karsten. “The mutual respect and common experiences our delegates shared provided those in attendance with a deeper appreciation of their colleagues’ work and an enriched understanding of our country.”
“We’re the governments closest to people’s daily lives. That’s exactly the message we delivered to the Prime Minister and the other federal party leaders,” said Bokenfohr. “My colleagues and I left this conference united and determined to use the next federal election to drive the quality-of-life and economic progress Canadians deserve. And we’ll work with every party to make those lives better and more affordable.”
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is the national voice of local government, with nearly 2,000 members representing more than 90 per cent of Canadians.
Wayne Bokenfohr was first elected to Council on October 21, 2013, and re-elected for a second term as Councillor for Division 3 in Sturgeon County on October 16, 2017. In 2016, Wayne was the first member of Sturgeon County to be appointed to six FCM committees and was appointed to six again in 2017 and 2018.