The MLP held its 2017 AGM in the growing city of Brandon, on May 5 and 6. The event was co-chaired by Laurie Jackson and Stephen Montague-- local members from Brandon East. The pair organized the event schedule and venue details as well as acting as community ambassadors for out-of-town delegates.
Highlights of the AGM included:
Provincial Council elected Michelle Finley as their new Chair and re-elected Vice-Chair, Neil Johnston. The Council also started a review of the constituency association support and evaluation document that was crafted following the 2011 election.
Our MLAs Judy Klassen - Kewatinook, Jon Gerrard - River Heights and Cindy Lamoureux - Burrows attended a well-attended Q & A panel and heard questions and feedback from MLP membership.
Leadership co-chair Wendy Martin White, held an information session on the upcoming Leadership Contest. Our other Co-Chair Sandy Chahal was out of the country on business but sent her good wishes to delegates.
The on-going efforts of MLP volunteers were recognized with the following awards:
Most Improved Constituency - Point Douglas
Best Constituency - River Heights
The Gildas L. Molgat - This award was presented to Judy Hardy, our wonderful and long-time volunteer from Tuxedo Constituency.
Leader's Award - Interim Leader Judy Klassen acknowledged the mentorship of Jon Gerrard by presenting him with this award.
The Margaret Workman Award - this award is named in honour of one of Brandon's own and was awarded to Vern Byers of Brandon .
The MLP Board elections were a popular topic of discussion at this year's AGM. There were many contested positions and only a few acclamations. The results for open positions are:
President - Paul Brault
Vice-President - Harbans Singh Brar
Secretary - Sim Pannu
Director of Communications - Michelle Finley
Director of Fundraising - Scott Newman
Director of Membership - Ian McCausland
Director of Organization - Chris Di Lullo
Director of Policy - Lloyd Talbot
Aboriginal Association - Steven DeMontigny
Multicultural Association - Patricia Kumbakisaka
Seniors Association - Mark Molloy, President Elect
Women's Association - Catherine Moltzan
Young Liberals - Ben Bawdon