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Coquitlam councillor acclaimed UBCM president

Coquitlam's Trish Mandewo is now leading civic governments on change in policies around the province.
Newly elected UBCM president Trish Mandewo, a Coquitlam city councillor, on Sept. 20, 2023.

A Coquitlam city councillor will now lead civic governments on policy change around the province.

Yesterday, Sept. 20, Coun. Trish Mandewo was acclaimed president of the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) at its convention in Vancouver.

Previously, Mandewo held the title of first vice-president on the executive board.

She was named to the top job at the 120th annual event that's seeing more than 2,000 civic politicians and delegates from across B.C. come together to share ideas about governing local communities.

The week-long gathering ends tomorrow, Sept. 22, with a speech from BC Premier David Eby.

Besides being a city councillor, Mandewo is also the president and founder of Synergy On Boards consulting group.

A Coquitlam resident since 2009, Mandewo is trained in embryology and clinical microbiology. She is the co-founder of the Women's Collaborative Hub Society, an organization that supports youth and women.

As well, Mandewo has won many awards including the 2017 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant and she is a recipient of the Canada 150 Sesquicentennial pin for leadership and community service.