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Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward announces her new staff

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I am pleased to announce the new office staff that will be joining the mayor’s office.

Victoria Hughes-Al Samadi is assuming the role of Mayor’s Chief Communications and Strategic Advisor, beginning Jan. 7. A South-East Burlington resident, Victoria brings a wealth of experience in communications and strategy, having worked with senior executives at companies like Manulife and Sun Life on their internal & external communications, as well as helping create innovative new corporate policies in the highly regulated financial industry. She joins us from her most recent role as AVP at MD Financial Management where she oversaw content, social media and digital marketing.

Hughes-Al Samadi is the co-author of a book on inheritance planning, and spent time over the years partnering with many local Burlington business owners through the Burlington Downtown Business Association as well as Burlington Tourism to create digital content and strategy.

A key role for the mayor is building relationships toward shared goals and Victoria has the background and experience to make it happen.

John Bkila is taking the role of Media Specialist and Community Liaison, beginning Dec. 17. John comes to the Office of the Mayor with nine years as an award-winning journalist for community newspapers in Mississauga, Oakville, Milton and Burlington. Most recently, he covered Burlington City Hall matters and provincial and federal politics for Halton. John also has experience working communications during a brief volunteer stint with Engineers Without Borders. He has an Honours degree in Political Science and a deep interest in all levels of politics, particularly municipal. John’s previous work kept him connected to the pulse of the community and made him eager to assist the public with their issues and concerns.

Annemarie Cumber has taken the role of Constituent Assistant. Raised in the downtown core of Burlington, Annemarie brings strong dedicated city experience having worked in various departments within the city.  Prior to coming to the City of Burlington, Annemarie worked for senior executives at Ontario Hydro and Electrical Safety Authority providing executive assistance support.  Annemarie also has experience working in the community’s fitness industry helping others keep healthy. In the few weeks we have worked together since the election, Annemarie has been compassionate and dedicated in serving residents and getting results, often going above and beyond the call of duty.

Until the Mayor’s Office will be fully staffed, in the interim please direct all inquiries for scheduling, proclamations and media requests to Annemarie.

My Take: Marianne Meed Ward, Mayor, City of Burlington

“I’m pleased to welcome them all to the team and delighted to bring their experiences on board to serve our community. I know my whole team is excited to get started serving residents and delivering on the priorities you have entrusted to us. Please join me in welcoming them on board.

Communications has always been a key part of my service to residents – letting you know what’s happening in advance so you can share your thoughts with me and shape decisions. With communications strength from both Victoria and John, I’ll connect with residents across multiple platforms on social media, through local radio and television broadcasts, via my newsletter, website and social media.

As always, I’ll provide My Take on the issues and seek your input.”


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2 thoughts on “Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward announces her new staff”

  1. Would like to see Cost/Benefit analysis for all these media/public relations types. Are they permanent staff or on contract as needed?

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Marianne Meed Ward

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A Better Burlington began in 2006 after my neighbours said they felt left out of city decisions, learning about them only after they’d been made. As journalist for 22 years, I thought “I can do something about that” and a website and newsletter were born. They’ve taken various forms and names over the years, but the intent remains: To let you know what’s happening at City Hall before decisions are made, so you can influence outcomes for A Better Burlington. The best decisions are made when elected representatives tap the wisdom of our community members, and welcome many different perspectives.This site allows residents to comment and debate with each other; our Commenting Guidelines established in 2016 aim to keep debate respectful. Got an idea or comment you want to share privately? Please, get in touch:

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