Today, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced that Brampton Regional Councillor Rowena Santos has been appointed by FCM President Joanne Vanderheyden as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Anti-Racism and Equity 2021-2022.
“I am honoured to be appointed as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Anti-Racism and Equity, and am eager to get to work with fellow municipalities to celebrate our country’s diversity, foster inclusivity, and strengthen the strong relationship between Canadian municipalities and the federal government. Through ongoing partnership and collaboration, we can fight against racism, remove barriers and create a more equitable country for all, and improve transportation and infrastructure across Canada,” said Santos.
FCM’s Standing Committees facilitate detailed debate and provide the FCM Board with recommendations on priority policy and program issues. Standing Committees require strong leadership in their Chairs and Vice-Chairs who guide the committees’ deliberations on issues and strategies related to their mandate, ensuring that all committee members have the opportunity to engage in focused and productive discussions. Each committee meets three times per year, in conjunction with the meetings of the Board of Directors.
In June, Wards 1 and 5 Councillor Santos was re-elected to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board of Directors for a one year term. She is a member of the FCM Standing Committee on Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government, Standing Committee on Municipal Finance and Intergovernmental Arrangements, and Standing Committee on Municipal Infrastructure and Transportation Policy.
FCM has been the national voice of Canada’s municipal government since 1901. Members include more than 2,000 municipalities of all sizes, from Canada’s cities and rural communities, to northern communities and 20 provincial and territorial municipal associations. Together, they represent more than 90 per cent of all Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Municipal leaders from across Canada assemble each year to set FCM policy on key issues.
“On behalf of Council, I’m pleased that Councillor Santos – a passionate anti-racism and equity advocate who is committed to getting results for our residents – has been appointed as Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Anti-Racism and Equity,” said Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown. “I know that she will continue the work our City has been doing to identify and remove barriers – like laying the foundations of an Equity Office to serve our employees and citizens and launching the City’s first-ever Anti-Black Racism Unit – and work to collaborate with our federal partners to get results on transportation, COVID-19 recovery support and other issues important to Brampton residents.”