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Heron ends her Alberta Municipalities presidency

The local mayor didn't run for another term
FILE/St. Albert Gazette

St. Albert Mayor Cathy Heron closed out her two-year term as president of Alberta Municipalities at the group’s annual conference Sept. 27 to 29.

The event saw roughly 1,200 delegates learn about issues important to Alberta’s urban communities, vote on resolutions related to municipal issues, and elect a new board.

Heron said she chose not to run for any positions on the new board in order to give other leaders a place on it. She has served on the board for eight years.

“This has been a fantastic and humbling opportunity,” she said of her time as president at a Sept. 26 media conference.

Heron encouraged her successor, Wetaskiwin Mayor Tyler Gandam, to keep building the board’s relationship with the province and to bridge the gap with rural communities represented by the Rural Municipalities of Alberta.

“It’s a big job being president of this association, but I know it’ll be in good hands.”

Heron said one of the highlights of her time on the board was getting the province to bring in extended producer responsibility — a policy she believes will keep more resources out of landfills by making producers, not municipalities, responsible for recycling.

“It’s good news for Albertans and the planet.”

Kevin Ma

About the Author: Kevin Ma

Kevin Ma joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2006. He writes about Sturgeon County, education, the environment, agriculture, science and aboriginal affairs. He also contributes features, photographs and video.
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