Brampton councillor named vice-chair of FCM anti-racism and equity committee

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Published August 9, 2021 at 5:56 pm

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Brampton regional councillor Rowena Santos has been appointed to a high-profile position with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).

Santos, who represents wards 1 and 5 in Brampton, was appointed vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Anti-Racism and Equity by FCM president Joanne Vanderheyden.

“At the City of Brampton, people are at the heart of everything we do. We are dedicated to embedding diversity, equity and inclusion into all of our programs and services, and to removing barriers so that all of our residents are treated fairly and equitably regardless of race or gender,” said Santos, who also sits on the FCM board of directors.

“I am honoured to be appointed as vice-chair and am eager to get to work with fellow municipalities to celebrate our country’s diversity, foster inclusivity, and strengthen the strong relationship between Canadian municipalities and the federal government.”

FCM’s standing committees facilitate detailed debate and provide the FCM Board with recommendations on priority policy and program issues. Each committee meets three times per year, in conjunction with the meetings of the Board of Directors.

“Collaboration among all levels of government is essential to getting results for Bramptonians and everyone across our country,” said Brampton mayor Patrick Brown.

“On behalf of council, I’m pleased that Councillor Santos – a passionate anti-racism and equity advocate who is committed to getting results for our residents – has been appointed as Vice Chair. I know she will continue the work our city has been doing to identify and remove barriers.”

FCM has been the national voice of Canada’s municipal government since 1901. Members include more than 2,000 municipalities of all sizes, from Canada’s cities and rural communities, to northern communities and 20 provincial and territorial municipal associations. Together, they represent more than 90 per cent of all Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Municipal leaders from across Canada assemble each year to set FCM policy on key issues.

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