Coun. Lawrence Lee, seen here at the annual Westerner Days chili cook off, was recently elected to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities board of directors. (Advocate file photo)

Red Deer City Coun. Lawrence Lee thrilled with Federation of Canadian Municipalities board of directors election

Honoured with his new position, Lawrence Lee was elected to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities board of directors.

Red Deer City Coun. Lee was one of 50 people elected as members of the board at the FCM’s annual general meeting, from June 1 to 4 in Ottawa.

The members come from across Canada including councillors from Alberta communities such as Vegreville, Lac Ste. Anne County, Calgary and Edmonton.

With humility, Lee said there were many high quality candidates and he is excited with the opportunity.

“It means a lot more meetings down in Ottawa,” he said, adding he will work to advocate for municipalities across Canada, but in particular Alberta.

“I’m assuming its going to be a lot to do with where my interests lie such as municipal infrastructure, transportation and socioeconomic development.”

He’s already submitted a list of standing committees he’s interested in working with including international relations, municipal infrastructure and transportation, safety and finance and taxation.

“Like everything I’ve done in the past, I’d like to continue to strengthen and broaden my horizon of experiences,” he said.

“I got congratulations from everywhere,” he said. “I haven’t even sat on an FCM committee before, but I have lots of board experience through chairing the Red Deer Public School District Board and the Public School Boards of Alberta and the Red Deer and District Chinese Community. I think that certainly helped my bid.”

Red Deer City Councillors passed a resolution in support of Lee’s bid.

“I’m very new into the role and I certainly look forward to expanding my discoveries and experiences for Red Deer and Alberta’s benefit,” said Lee.

The FCM board develops policy and advocates to the federal government in the interests of municipalities. Members include Canada’s largest cities, urban and rural communities and 20 provincial and territorial associations. Founded in 1901 as the Union of Canadian Municipalities, it is the national voice for municipal governments.

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