The Bruce H. Yeo Award was established in memory of FPEIM’s first president, to recognize outstanding contributions to municipal government in Prince Edward Island.
The Federation of Prince Edward Island Municipalities is pleased to announce that the 2016 Bruce H. Yeo Award recipient is the late Wade Williams, former Deputy Mayor of the Town of Georgetown
Cathy Williams, widow of the Late Wade Williams, former Deputy Mayor of the Town of Georgetown, accepts the Bruce H. Yeo Award from FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall at the 2016 AGM held in St. Peter's Bay on April 25, 2016.
It was a huge loss to the Town of Georgetown when on June 25, 2015, Deputy Mayor Wade Williams passed away after a long battle with cancer. Wade was a long time resident of the community and a member of Council since 2004. Along with being an elected official, Wade had shown his commitment to the community by volunteering with the Georgetown Area Development Corporation, S.T.E.P., West St. Beach Project, King’s Playhouse Expansion, Water Street Upgrades, the Eastern PEI Municipal Coalition Group and a list that is too long to mention everything.
Wade continued this tremendous commitment even when faced with the burden of a diagnosis of Stage IV melanoma. Despite this diagnosis, Deputy Mayor Williams reoffered and was successful in his last two elections. It was Wade’s desire to continue to serve his community even while receiving treatment. This can only be described at exceeding any and all expectations of a member of municipal council.
Wade continued to contribute beyond the call of duty and worked to advance projects including the A.A. Macdonald Memorial Gardens, the Town’s Sewer Utility, The Town’s Public Works Department, Maintenance and Beautification. His overwhelming community pride continued to shine and drive his efforts despite the state of his health. Wade Williams exemplified a municipal official who gave his all for the benefit of his community.
“It is truly a privilege to present the 2016 Bruce H. Yeo Memorial Award to the late Deputy Mayor Wade Williams,” said FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall. The award was accepted by Wade’s wife, Cathy.
Past Winners of the Bruce H. Yeo Award
Former Mayor Michael Farmer, Town of Stratford
Deputy Mayor Stu MacFadyen, City of Charlottetown
Chairperson Terry McGrath, Community of Hunter River
Mayor Richard Collins, Town of Montague
CAO Robert Hughes, Town of Stratford
Chairperson Faye Fraser, Community of Murray Harbour
Councillor Irene Dawson, Town of Cornwall
Deputy Mayor Steve MacDonald, Town of Stratford
Mayor Basil Stewart, City of Summerside
Harry Gaudet, former Administrator, City of Charlottetown
Dianne Dowling, Administrator, Community of New Haven-Riverdale
George MacDonald, former Mayor, City of Charlottetown
Brenda MacDonald, Administrator, Resort Municipality
Mayor Gerald McCarville, Town of Kensington
Noel Wilson, former Chairperson of the Community of Cardigan