A longtime Brandon politician was recognized for his contributions to the Association of Manitoba Municipalities on Tuesday.
Drew Caldwell, the former NDP MLA for Brandon East and Brandon city councillor, was named an honorary life member at the association’s annual conference at the Keystone Centre.
Caldwell was a founding director of the organization in 1997-98 after the Manitoba Association of Urban Municipalities and the Union of Manitoba Municipalities amalgamated. He had previously served on the boards of both organizations.
During his 17 years in the provincial government, Caldwell further worked with the AMM during the Doer and Selinger governments, including a stint as minister for municipal government.
"I’m very appreciative, it’s a very, very nice gesture," Caldwell said. He said that he first heard about the honour a couple of weeks ago before the convention program was released and was pleasantly surprised.
"The AMM is such a great organization," he added. "The work that municipal councillors do across this province really does make a positive difference in people’s lives."
Since losing his seat to Len Isleifson in the 2016 election, Caldwell has retired to private life. He told the Sun that he is currently in the process of building a couple of houses and enjoying his downtime.
» The Brandon Sun