Mayor Blake Campbell, together with Councillors Chris Bye, Ed Lowenberger , Derrick Wiebe and Administrator Dawnette Peterson attended the SUMA annual conference January 31 to Feb 3rd. The theme of this year’s conference was, “Adapt, Inspire, and Motivate” was well attended and educational.
Mayor Campbell attended the session, “Keeping Council out of Conflict.” The session dealt with the new conflict of interest guidelines for municipalities that have been recently passed by the provincial government. The session provided a great deal of useful information on best practices to help avoid conflict of interest issues in council.
Other sessions attended included Rail Safety Measures, and Filling the Volunteer Void. Councillor Ed Lowenburger completed the Municipal Leadership Development Program module, “Community and Land use Planning”.
This year’s guest speaker Chantal Hebert gave delegates insight into Canada’s pipeline debate from a municipal government perspective. She urged delegates to get involved in the pipeline debate. Her advice was followed, and an emergency resolution added to the list of resolutions at the general meeting. The resolution was unanimously supported by all municipal ties at the general meeting.
Dawnette Peterson received the SUMA Meritorious Service Award for 29 years of service with the Town of Gull Lake. The award was presented to Dawnette at the Annual SUMA President’s Banquet.