City of Mississauga intern, Emily Frauts, recently won the Ontario Municipal Administrators’ Association (OMAA) 2017 bursary award.

She was presented with a cheque in the amount of $5,000 at the OMAA fall workshop, held at Stratford, in front of an audience which included 85 municipal chief administrative officers from across Ontario.

“The inflow of young talent into the municipal sector is vital to cultivate the required skills that will provide future leadership for Ontario local government,” said Neil Garbe, OMAA president and Town of Richmond Hill CAO, in a news release. “Emily is an excellent example of the energy and fresh views that young professionals can bring to municipal good governance.”

Frauts has an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario, graduating with an honours degree in health sciences. She is currently enrolled in the public policy masters program at the University of Toronto, which is geared towards developing leaders who can address complex policy problems. At the City of Mississauga, she works in the enforcement division where her main responsibilities include policy research and report writing.

“It is an honour to be recognized for my experience and commitment to public policy and I am excited by the prospect of a career in municipal government,” said Frauts.

The bursary is awarded annually to a student who has entered a post-secondary program that has the potential to lead to a career in municipal government.

The OMAA has been in existence for almost 60 years as an organization devoted to professional management in municipalities and support for senior executive roles in local government.

In the photo, Emily Frauts, receives the 2017 bursary Award from OMAA president Neil Garbe. Photo courtesy of the OMAA.