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Roll of Honour

For the 32nd straight year, FCM is honouring the true difference-makers of local government with our Roll of Honour Awards. These awards pays tribute to FCM officers, and to officials of member municipalities and municipal associations who have made an outstanding contribution to FCM and to municipal government in Canada.

Current Recipients

Don Forfar

Don Forfar served as Mayor of St. Andrews, Manitoba for a remarkable 16 years, from 1998 to 2014. Don is a truly gifted leader and during this time he showed an exemplary commitment to his community. He is driven by the belief that the job of those in local government is to leave our communities better off for future generations. That was evident in his time as Mayor. Don implemented flood defense systems to lessen the impact of spring flooding. He mentored newly elected officials.

Don chaired a number of organizations that served his community and was always looking for ways to make his town and home province of Manitoba safer, stronger and more sustainable.

Don also served as Manitoba Director with FCM from 2009-2014, communicating with Manitoba communities and often travelling across the province to promote FCM membership. It is his passion and dedication that led to Manitoba reaching the benchmark of 100 per cent FCM membership. This is a truly remarkable achievement.

Lise Burcher

Lise Burcher was first elected to Guelph, Ontario City Council in 2003, and quickly put her passion for community building and engagement to good use. In her first term, she co-founded "The Guelph Civic League", a citizen-driven organization created to mobilize and engage residents to come together, and drive innovation from the ground up. 

In 2006, Lise brought her passion, knowledge and enthusiasm to FCM as a member of the Board of Directors.  Lise made significant contributions over the years as an integral part of a number of committees, including the Standing Committee on International Relations, the Standing Committee on Increasing Women's Participation in Municipal Government and the GMF Council. 

As a member of the Standing Committee on Environmental Issues and Sustainable Development, she collaborated with her FCM colleagues to help ensure a municipal seat at the table at the COP15 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

Since leaving politics, she has remained involved in community engagements. Lise is a co-chair of the Guelph, Ontario based 10 Carden, a collaborative "living lab" for social change.

Page Updated: 07/06/2016