I am seeking nomination to the Board member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. It has been an honour to serve on the board and committees for the past three years. I have learned an incredible amount about the issues that weight on our communities and thoroughly enjoy the discussions and the lobbying working on your behalf.
Strathroy-Caradoc is the municipality where I was born, raised, attended school, work, go to church, married and raised a family. Interestingly enough I have five brothers and sisters and we all still live here, which in this global world is quite unique.
As a lifelong resident of our municipality I have had many opportunities to volunteer. Having been involved as member and then leader of the Ontario 4-H Program, and also of a young women's program run from The Christian Reformed Church I had the opportunity to hone my leadership skills. This led me to two terms on Strathroy Recreation Board which instilled in me a desire to run for council.
In 1994 I was elected a councillor for Strathroy, followed by four terms as Deputy Reeve/Deputy Mayor and in 2010 Mayor, which is the post I currently hold. I have listed below some of the major organizations that I have had the privilege of serving on.
In 2006 as Warden of Middlesex County I had the opportunity to attend the FCM Conference and when I reported back to council I suggested we should become a member. Since that time I have attended numerous Conferences and gotten to know more about the scope of work FCM does on behalf of its membership. As a member of the board and working on committees I have advocated strongly on the issues that we all face and ask for your support to carry on this important work.
As a board member I will commit to helping build on FCM's strengths and communicate to our members the value FCM provides and the strength we garner by working together. I would like to be part of a strong team that achieves progress towards our shared goals and objectives.
If you have questions or concerns feel free to call me or e-mail.
Regards Joanne Vanderheyden
Bachelor of Arts Western University
FCM Board of Directors 2015 - 2017 (International Committee, Rural Caucus, Ontario Caucus, Finance, Convention Planning)
Libro Financial Group Service Representative
Elected Warden of Middlesex County 2006,2010,2011,2014
President Ontario Good Roads 2013 (Chaired both Members Services and Policy Committee)
Middlesex-London EMS Authority
Strathroy-Caradoc Police Services Board
Lake Huron Pipeline Board
Board of Governors Western University
McIntosh Art Gallery Board
Board of Governors Western Fair (Programming Council, Governance and Strategic Planning committees)
Just Appointed to Middlesex-London Health Unit
Past Chair Western Ontario Wardens Caucus
Association of Municipalities of Ontario as Chair of WOWC on Rural Caucus for two years
Past Chair Middlesex Community Living
Past Chair Middlesex Library Board
Past 4-H Ontario Member and Leader
Mentor at Kings College and Brescia College