Ann MacLean Award
The Ann MacLean Award for Outstanding Service by a Woman in Municipal Politics recognizes retired women municipal politicians who have shown exemplary service to their community and constituents and to mentoring women who want to run for elected office. It is named in honour of FCM Past President, Ann MacLean, who led FCM´s campaign to increase the number of women in municipal politics across Canada.
Shirley Kalyniuk was first elected in 1983 as a councillor in what was then the Village of Rossburn, MB; population about 650. She was then the first woman elected since the village's incorporation in 1913, and was elected mayor in 1993.
She was elected mayor in 1993 and served until 2014. During her career in municipal politics, Shirley also served as chairperson for the Manitoba Department of Education Board of Reference, and for almost a decade with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities; first as urban director for the Mid-Western District and later as Urban Vice-President.
Shirley's community involvement has supported a wide range of organizations, including the Rossburn Regional Library, the Rossburn and District Fire Board, the Manitoba Ukrainian Arts Council, the Rossburn and District Chamber of Commerce and the Safe Communities Policing Committee to name just a few. She has also been recognized with awards such as the Rural Economic Leadership Award, the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee medal and Diamond Jubilee medal; and the LCIF Melvin Jones Award for Dedicated Humanitarian Services.
During her political career, Shirley and her husband raised five children. She remains active in community issues such as adult literacy and numeracy, accessibility, and services and affordable housing for seniors.