QUESNEL, B.C. – Quesnel Councillor Mary Sjostrom will join representatives from across B.C. who make up the 18-member Board of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, following her successful bid as Director at Large.
Sjostrom was elected Friday at the UBCM annual convention and will sit as a Board member for the next year.
“I’m thrilled to be able to represent all 185 UBCM members, including Quesnel, on such an influential body as the UBCM executive,” said Sjostrom. “To be able to have greater input in how municipalities and regional districts are treated by senior levels of government and to be an advocate on their behalf is a great honour. I look forward to representing the interests of B.C.’s communities of all sizes in this forum.”
This was Sjostrom’s first bid to become a Director at Large on the Board. She had previously served as the North Central Municipal Association representative from 2004 to 2006. Among the priorities she lists that need attention are infrastructure funding, community policing and safety, and municipalities’ concerns regarding industrial taxation.
“On behalf of Council I congratulate my colleague on her success,” said Mayor Nate Bello. “I know she will represent us well and will do her utmost to ensure the rights of local government are respected and protected.”