Local leaders receive achievement and inspiration awards at Women’s Leadership Summit

November 13, 2019

St. John’s, N.L. – Two municipal leaders in the province have been recognized today at the first Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL) Women’s Leadership Summit for their contributions to women’s mentorship, achievement and inspiration. Mayor Kelly Nash Power of Branch was awarded the first MNL Women’s Achievement Award. Receiving the Women’s Inspiration Award was Mayor Carol McDonald of Portugal Cove-St. Phillips.

MNL launched the Municipal Award’s Leadership program this year with two categories. The Achievement Award is given to an individual who, over a short period in a leadership position, has demonstrated guidance or management which led to specific actions and/or observable changes or accomplishments within their community. The Inspiration Award recognizes leaders whose long-term dedication to local government has benefited the people of their community and has inspired other women to step forward into leadership roles. Nominations were supported by letters from close colleagues with first-hand experience on the impact of these women’s leadership approaches.

“We are so pleased to be recognizing the efforts of these women in their roles as municipal leaders. They are inspirations to women across the province,” said Sheila Fitzgerald, MNL vice president and women’s caucus chair.

The awards were presented by Her Honour, The Honourable Judy M. Foote P.C., O.N.L. Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador during an awards ceremony luncheon.

The Women’s Leadership Summit luncheon is sponsored by Benson Buffett.


Mayor Kelly Nash Power, MNL Women’s Achievement Award winner

Kelly was first elected to Branch Town Council in September 2013. Shortly after that, she was selected among her peers for the position of Mayor. Kelly has strong connections with the people of her community and works daily to improve services and activities for her neighbours and residents. A tireless volunteer Kelly serves on many municipal committees that include the volunteer fire department, community garden, seniors club, community centre and Remembrance Day celebrations. Kelly also leads the Town’s children’s program that includes Christmas tree decorating, the Christmas parade, Halloween festivities, outdoor winter events such as skating and sliding.

Kelly is a Sacristan for Holy Rosary Church and also a member of the parish finance committee, children’s Sunday mass program, and the branch bereavement committee.

Kelly’s true passion is spending time with family and friends baking, cooking, sewing, playing darts and enjoying the outdoors.


Mayor Carol McDonald, Women’s Inspiration Award winner

Carol comes to the position of Mayor very ready, with having already served as the Mayor of  the Town of Portugal Cove, the first mayor after incorporation. A retired business operator and entrepreneur, she has also served as a member and commissioner for several provincial and federal boards including Canada Ports Corporation, St. John’s Ports Corporation, Human Rights Commission, among many more. An active volunteer, Carol has volunteered with the Association for New Canadians for over 20 years. In addition, she has served on the Association’s Board of Director since 1994 and is currently its President.