SENATOR BERNADETTE CLEMENT
MS. BERNADETTE CLEMENT Ms. Clement was the first woman to be elected as Mayor of Cornwall and the first Black woman to serve as a mayor in Ontario and to hold this
position in the 235 year history of Cornwall, a medium-size community on the shores of the Saint-Lawrence River. She is also the first black woman to ever hold the position of Mayor of any municipality in Ontario. Prior to this, she served three terms as city councillor. She was elected to City Council in November of 2006, re-elected in 2010, and again in 2014, as the first choice of voters on all three occasions.
Along with her participation on numerous Cornwall City Council committees, including the St. Lawrence River Institute, Ms. Clement has been active in her community. She has been co-chairing the Race Equity Advisory Committee for the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario since 2020, and served as member and Chair of the Maison Baldwin House, a women’s shelter, for approximately 15 years. She also volunteered with the Kinsmen Community Residence and the Cornwall and District Immigrant Services Agency, and was a member and the Chair, for over 20 years, of Inspire Community Support Services, a counselling agency providing support for families and persons with disabilities.
Ms. Clement is a recipient of a Cornwall District and Labour Council award for outstanding service to injured workers and a Legal Aid Ontario GEM award for outstanding achievement.
Ms. Clement holds degrees in Civil Law and Common Law from the University of Ottawa.
HIS MISSION: “LOVE. SHOW UP. BE RESILIENT”
FAVOURITE QUOTE “LOVE, SHOW UP, BE RESILIENT” ~SENATOR, BERNADETTE CLEMENT
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