A lifelong resident of the Town of Gladstone, Manitoba, Eileen Clarke has a diverse background as an entrepreneur, municipal politician and community activist.
Eileen became a business owner and manager at the age of 18, growing her local jewellery, gift and flower shop into what became known as “Manitoba’s Largest Gift Shop”. Eileen is an active member of the local Chamber of Commerce and has served in a number of executive positions including President throughout her over 35 years volunteering with the Chamber. In 1998 she was named the Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur of the Year for Impact of the Local Economy.
After selling her business in 2005, Eileen enjoyed a very short retirement before being acclaimed as Mayor of the Town of Gladstone in 2006. During her eight years as Mayor, she was an active member of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities, serving as Urban Midwestern Director and being elected the Association’s Vice-President in 2010. She was also a leading voice opposing the closure of Hydro and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) offices in rural Manitoba and funding cuts to Rural Economic Development.
Outside of business and public service, Eileen is also passionate about improving the quality of life for Manitoba seniors. She has been actively involved with Age Friendly Manitoba since it was founded in 2008 and has developed a deep understanding of the services and partnerships needed for our seniors to age with dignity and peace of mind.
Eileen is proud to have called the Town of Gladstone home. While juggling the demands of running a growing business, she and her husband Bob raised two wonderful children and are now proud grandparents.
Eileen is delighted to serve Manitobans as the Minister of Municipal Relations.