The Mighty Mayor: A tête-à-tête with the Brilliant Bernadette
This glass-shattering, cosmic genius of a woman allowed me the privilege of sitting down with her and discussing her role as the mayor of Cornwall (Ontario, Canada) and the future for this immensely innovative city. Spending time in Cornwall, meeting with business owners, historians and residents, I quickly became enamoured with this powerhouse of a city and wanted to sit down with their mayor to discuss its, well for a lack of a better word, amazingness. As you listen, you may quickly gather that Mme. Mayor Bernadette Clement is both inspirational and encouraging. Her limitless capacity to lead with compassion and empathy is refreshing and awe inspiring. Her humble yet strategic approach to progress the future of Cornwall is evident via her deliberate relationship building technique with pretty much anyone she meets. Whether it is breaking bread with the Grand Chief of Akwesasne, discussing mental health awareness with youth or working with council to include environmental sustainability in purchasing decisions and creating targets to lower the city’s carbon footprint, Mayor Bernadette actively participates within her community to create positive change for the future. She is exactly the type of person the world needs more of!