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Burlington Mayor’s Office Welcomes New Executive Administrator

Hannelie van Niekerk, Mayor’s Executive Administrator and Constituent Liaison.

Over the holidays, the Mayor’s Office saw some changes.

I would like to introduce my new Executive Administrator and Constituent Liaison, Hannelie van Niekerk, who recently started in her new role just yesterday (Monday, Jan. 6) — we’re very excited to have her on board.

Hannelie comes to us with a wealth of similar experience from the private sector. I’m really thrilled she has joined the team and look forward to the expertise she will bring to constituent customer service, external partner relations, scheduling and logistics, Mayor’s correspondence, meeting and events support, and budget management.

Originally from South Africa, Hannelie has now been a resident of Burlington for 5 years and lives here with her husband and 2 children.

Darian Mills, my former executive administrator, took an opportunity for career advancement and left us in December 2019. While she was only with us for a short time, Darian was a great asset to my team and we were sad to see her go. We wish her the best success in her new role.

The Mayor’s Office Team:

  • Victoria Al Samadi, Mayor’s Chief of Staff;; 905-335-7600, ext. 7703 (contact for policy and strategy)
  • Hannelie van Niekerk, Executive Administrator and Constituent Liaison;; 905-335-7607 (for general enquiries);
  • John Bkila, Media and Digital Communications Specialist;; 905-335-7600, ext. 7478 (for media inquiries).

To help ensure all inquiries and emails to the Mayor’s Office are attended to in the most efficient manner, please continue to email

We’ve also streamlined the process online for all inquiries related to the Mayor’s Office with regards to event invites, and requesting a proclamation, congratulatory letter or certificate, a flag-raising, or a meeting with the me. This is to help us deal with all inquiries I and my team receive, as well as to ensure your request gets handled as quickly and efficiently as possible.

For events, proclamations, letters/certificates or flag-raising requests, please head to

For requesting a meeting with me, please visit

— Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward

*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialst.

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