She feels that distinction is not only a breakthrough for Kippens but also for highly skilled and competent women in western Newfoundland who might be looking at politics as an option and taking on leadership roles.
She’s a strong proponent for women in politics and believes there should be a lot more of them involved, and that the number still need to rise.
“I’m so excited. I’m exactly where I want to be at this time — leading the town of Kippens,” Brake Patten said.
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She’s also proud to be following in the footsteps of Gertrude Benoit, who served as chairperson of the local service district of Kippens back in the 1960s, whom she recognized as a strong woman who stood up for the community.
Brake Patten said she believes women are good in leadership roles because they are generally used to multi-tasking, juggling careers, families and being involved in communities.
“I have visions and plans for Kippens and I’ll follow through with them,” she said. “I’m so excited to work with my team and put Kippens on the map.”
Brake Patten said he has a great council, a great group of volunteers and residents in the town. She said with those pieces of the puzzle put together they will put the town on the map as a place to live.
Brake Patten and the remainder of council members are being sworn in Monday.