In 1969 an important development took place which was to have a significant future impact upon municipal administration in the Province of Nova Scotia. That event was the graduation of twenty-six individuals from the four year Certificate Program in Municipal Administration offered by the Institute of Public Affairs, Dalhousie University (now known as the Centre for Public Management).
The need for a formalized program of professional study for municipal administrators had long been recognized. Its development was the culmination of many years of effort and commitment by the Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs, the Institute of Public Affairs, Dalhousie University, the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, and the Provincial Chapter of the Municipal Finance Officers' Association.
The graduation of the first individuals from this course represented a milestone in municipal professional development and provided a forum for discussion which led to the establishment of the Association of Municipal Administrators, Nova Scotia in 1970-71. The twenty-six graduates who, in turn, became the "Charter Members" of the Association of Municipal Administrators, Nova Scotia are:
|D. Armstrong||D. Large||W. Hebb|
|G. Blennerhasset||S. MacLellan||J. Whalley|
|E. Bonn||B. Mason||R. Handspiker|
|C. Boudreau||A. McDermid||C. Warner|
|A. Cameron||V. Parrett||J. Vickery|
|G. Christie||H. Rhodenizer||D. Gilroy|
|N. Cohoon||L. Russell||B. Sterns|
|W. Crowell||T. Sheppard||P. Flemming|
|C. Donaldson||E. Snow|
Since that time, the Association of Municipal Administrators, Nova Scotia has been a major participant in providing leadership direction, funding and programming in areas of local governmental professional development and training.
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