The Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities (NSFM) has appointed Juanita Spencer as chief executive officer after Betty MacDonald stepped down as executive director.

Spencer was previously the executive director of the Spring Garden Area Business Association. She is replacing Betty MacDonald at NSFM, who retired in December. NSFM’s board of directors voted unanimously in favour of Spencer’s appointment on Friday. Spencer’s first day at NSFM will be Monday, February 4th, 2019.

“Juanita is an accomplished organizer and spokesperson who has a deep understanding what it takes to lead a successful member association,” said Waye Mason, president, NSFM. “I am excited to see how she will help NSFM and our member municipalities with our work of delivering better government and building stronger communities.”

Juanita Spencer

“I am eager to take on this new role, working with the team at NSFM, in representing all of Nova Scotia’s municipalities. NSFM has always been a strong advocate for its members and I look forward to further strengthening that voice,” said Spencer. “Effective local government and strong, sustainable communities are critical to the future health and prosperity of Nova Scotia. Supporting our local leaders as we achieve this will be challenging and rewarding work.”

Speaking on behalf of the board, Mason said, “We are fortunate to have Juanita join us. Her approach and experience will assist NSFM in providing strategic advocacy, education, and collaboration.”


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