Sheila Fitzgerald selected to represent the Municipal Sector on the national Green Municipal Fund Council
Sheila Fitzgerald is the Mayor of Roddickton-Bide Arm, a small rural community of approximately 1000 on Newfoundland’s Northern Peninsula. Mayor Fitzgerald was first elected to council in 2013 and has tackled many environmental challenges head on. Known for her energetic spirit and strong desire to make a positive impact, Sheila is looking forward to working with her fellow Green Municipal Fund (GMF) committee members on tackling issues of environmental sustainability. GMF is offered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.
“This is an incredible opportunity, and I am honoured to be taking on this new role with the GMF Council,” said Fitzgerald. “The GMF supports initiatives that demonstrate an innovative solution or approach to municipal environmental issues, and I’m excited to being a part of that selection process.” The GMF Council comprises 15 members recognized as leaders in the federal, municipal and environmental sectors and as innovators and champions of environmental sustainability.
The GMF Council is guided by a council chair and a vice-chair. One-third of Council members are Government of Canada representatives, one-third are elected municipal officials appointed by the FCM Board of Directors, and one-third are external members representing the public, private, academic and environment sectors.
The GMF Council plays a key governance role for GMF and an advisory role for the FCM Board of Directors. The Council reviews completed peer review assessments on funding applications at its monthly meetings and makes funding recommendations to FCM’s Executive Committee. Final decisions on GMF funding allocations are made by FCM’s Executive Committee.