Carma Williams voted 2022 SD&G warden

SD&G Coun. Bryan McGillis (South Stormont)(center) addresses county council on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 while Coun. Carma Williams (North Glengarry)(far right) looks on. Also shown are Coun. Stephanie Jaworski (South Glengarry)(far left) and Coun. Steven Byvelds (South Dundas)(second from left). Williams was elected warden of SD&G for 2022. (SD&G/YouTube via Newswatch Group)

SD&G – North Glengarry Deputy Mayor Carma Williams will be warden of the United Counties of SD&G for the final year of the upper-tier government’s term.

In her address to county council Monday, Williams highlighted three strategic priorities: being a progressive regional government, no municipality being left behind, and partnerships being essential to the county’s success.

She says council needs to “look forward” and find new and better ways of doing things and be the “new pioneers of municipal government.”

Williams said she wanted to “be the helm for this positive change” and wants to make sure no municipality is left behind. “Every member of council must have a voice and a say,” she said.

She also talked about the importance of rural schools and advocating at Queen’s Park for rural education.

Williams says “great strides” have been made in shared services with the City of Cornwall but “more needs to be done to build stronger relationships” with entities like senior governments, Akwesasne and neighbouring municipalities.

Williams was nominated by Coun. Tony Fraser (North Dundas) and supported by Coun. Stephanie Jaworski (South Glengarry).

She will be officially sworn in during a ceremony in December.

Coun. Bryan McGillis (South Stormont) was also nominated.

The exact vote count of county council was not disclosed.

Prior to the vote, council agreed to not have the sitting warden vote to ensure there wasn’t a tie and rid the voting process of drawing names from a hat.