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Roll of Honour

For the 33rd straight year, FCM is honouring the true difference-makers of local government with our Roll of Honour Awards. These awards pays tribute to FCM officers, and to officials of member municipalities and municipal associations who have made an outstanding contribution to FCM and to municipal government in Canada.

Current Recipients

Hazel McCallion

Hazel McCallion is a legend on the municipal scene. She was first elected Mayor of Mississauga, ON in 1978. She then proceeded to serve for an incredible 12 terms. In her 36 years as mayor, Hazel transformed Mississauga from a semi-rural bedroom community into Canada’s sixth-largest city. She’s a member of the Order of Canada, and in 2005 was runner-up for the prestigious World Mayor Award.

When Hazel finally ended her mayoral run in 2014 — at the young age of 93 — she did so as a trailblazer for women in politics, and for anyone who dedicates their life to the service of others.

Brad Woodside

Brad Woodside spent a remarkable 25 years as the mayor of Fredericton, NB. He’s the longest-serving mayor in Fredericton’s history. In that time, Brad’s leadership helped transform the city into a place that fosters entrepreneurship and small business, while being recognized internationally for its greenhouse gas reductions.

Brad also had an illustrious career at FCM. He served as President in 2014-2015, helping lay important groundwork ahead of the historic 2015 Federal Election — which put local priorities front-and-centre on the national agenda. And he did it, as always, with his trademark quick wit.

Russ Powers

The public service career of Russ Powers has taken on many forms. He’s been elected to town council in Dundas, ON, as well as to the Hamilton-Wentworth Regional Council, Hamilton City Council and the House of Commons. No matter where he’s served, Russ has stayed true to the commitment he has to his community — and to all communities.

As a Member of Parliament, Russ played a role in securing federal gas tax transfers for municipalities, as well as funding for FCM’s Green Municipal Fund. He’s also served as President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, and on FCM’s Board of Directors.

Debra Button

Debra Button was first elected as councillor in the City of Weyburn, SK in 1997 and went on to serve three terms as mayor. In 2013, Debra made history as the first female President of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association. It’s there she further developed her reputation as a passionate advocate for municipalities.

Debra also served in a number of key roles on FCM’s Board of Directors. Debra participated in missions to Ukraine — through FCM’s programming there — where she brought an inspiring message on the need for gender balance in public policy decision-making.

Joanne Monaghan

Joanne Monaghan spent 35 years in public office. As a former councillor and mayor in Kitimat, BC, she served her community with passion and pride. She brought that same energy well beyond her hometown as president of the Union of BC Municipalities, and as FCM President in 2000-2001.

Joanne is also a pioneer, serving as the first female president of the North Central Local Government Association. Whether it's helping secure 911 services, or recruiting more doctors and nurses to her region, Joanne's legacy can be found in the improved quality of life of every single person she represented.

Page Updated: 16/06/2017