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.
The recipient is chosen by the FCM Board of Directors and is presented with the award at our Annual Conference. Take a look at our past recipients.
2017 Recipient—Claire Detheridge, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
This year’s recipient, Claire Detheridge (middle), receives the award from the hands of Ann MacLean herself and the then-President, Clark Somerville
In 1982, Claire became the first woman elected to Cape Breton County Council. Her determination would be a constant theme in her 34 years in office, where she inspired many other women to put their name on a ballot. Using a leadership style that her daughter calls "humble, yet successful," Claire consistently advocated for the importance of more women in governance. Deeply passionate about her community, Claire would turn her family basement into ground zero of a huge operation to deliver food, clothes and toys to residents in need every holiday season. In 2015, Claire was elected president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. It was through this role that she was able to bring local priorities to the provincial agenda—something she was very proud to do. It was also through this role that she contributed to FCM's Board of Directors.
Now retired, Claire will always be remembered for her commitment to mentoring other women and for leading by example.