Marianne Wilkinson has spent her adult life as a motivated, effective community leader and builder. At the end of this term of Council, she will have served 25 years over a 45 year period on the Councils of March Township, the City of Kanata, the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton and the City of Ottawa, including nine years as Mayor of Kanata.
She has also been a lifetime volunteer, contributing extensively in a variety of roles at the local, provincial and national level. Among her recent activities has been serving on the Boards of both the local and provincial Councils of Women; as Chair of the Board of Director’s of the Ottawa Talent Initiative, a grassroots movement to assist laid off technology workers; a Treasurer of both the Canada Day Committee and the Canadian Federation of University Women Kanata; as a Director of the Beaverbrook Community Association, contributing significantly on planning issues; as Chair and key volunteer for the Kanata Food Cupboard and as Warden of St. John’s Anglican Church where she was Chair of the Committee for an addition to the church hall and represented the church on the Board of the Blue Heron Co-operative Housing Development that was built on church lands.
A true pioneer woman in municipal government she has used that experience to help others and to start new organizations and activities. Her ability to define a problem, and inspire those around her to work towards a common goal has resulted in great achievements in community building. She has a unique ability to see the big picture clearly, without losing sight of the myriad of detail that is essential to bringing the vision to reality. Her awards include the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal and the 2005 Y Woman of Distinction award for Lifetime Achievement. Marianne mentors young women interested in municipal affairs and has organized and run several workshops and seminars.
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