Don Emes - President's Message
The Manitoba Association of Municipal Emergency Coordinator’s (MAMEC) is a new association which was created to share information, best practices, assistance and guidance with all MEC’s in Manitoba. This new initiative was started by a group of long-serving MEC’s who saw a need to help professionalize and advance our roles in community emergency preparedness in light of the many changes that were taking place.
Our working group met throughout 2017 and we launched into a not-for-profit Association for all Municipal MEC’s in 2018. It is our hope to use this newsletter to communicate with all of you and provide ideas, professional offerings, as well as useful articles to assist you in your jobs. We also welcome input and articles from all of you.
As we move forward, and the association grows in strength, we will require participation and support from all members. We are currently trying to fill District Director positions across the province. These important positions need MEC’s who will be willing to lead a group of their area colleagues through quarterly meetings, share ideas on how to grow our profession, and keep their regions informed of upcoming events, training and changes. All information coming from the board and the District Directors will be coordinated and through our Executive Director, Shelley Napier. If anyone is interested in becoming involved, please contact Shelley directly.
We are excited to host our inaugural MAMEC conference on June 18, 2019 at Canad Inn Polo Park in Winnipeg. Guest rooms are being held for the evening of June 17th for those of you travelling in and requiring a room. Please book early to avoid disappointment. We will be sending out more information on cost, registration requirement and speakers attending in the near future.
The Board had the opportunity to meet with Minister Jeff Wharton from Municipal Relations in December 2018. We had a very positive meeting and discussed the governments increased requirements placed upon municipalities while there is decreased support to assist us. Many MEC’s are very new in their positions and the regulations, policy, procedures and checklists are proving arduous for many. Minister Wharton listened to our concerns, asked questions and passed along information to Manitoba EMO. We will report outcomes to all members as it becomes available.
We are excited to move forward, build a strong association that works for each and every one of you. Let’s work together to provide the professional development and recognition that we all deserve.
Don Emes, President, MAMEC