The 1982 Brantford municipal election was held on November 8, 1982, to elect a mayor, councillors, and school trustees in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. The surrounding rural and small-town municipalities also held elections on the same day.
Mary E. Welsh is a businesswoman, farmer, and prominent volunteer in Brantford. Raised in the city, she attended Queen's University in Kingston in the 1950s. She was elected to the Brant County Board of Education in 1970 and served for six years, finishing at the top of the City of Brantford poll in 1972 and 1974. Welsh was elected to the Brantford City Council for the city's fifth ward in 1980 and was re-elected in 1982; she did not seek re-election in 1985. She made national headlines in 1987, when a cylinder from a U.S.S.R. rocket landed in her backyard. Welsh is a founding director of the Brant Waterways Foundation and promoted completion of the Trans-Canada Trail track in Brantford. She also recommended completion of a YM/YWCA condominium-hotel to promote downtown renewal in 1999, and she led a movement to rebuild the historical Brantford Collegiate Institute in the 2000s. Welsh received the 2006 Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism in Ontario, and she was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2009.
^"Cylinder traced to Soviet craft," Globe and Mail, 22 September 1987, A18.
^Allison Lawlor, "Comedian raises big money for waterways," Brantford Expositor, 26 May 1999, A1; Michael-Allan Marion, "Completion of trail top priority for foundation," Brantford Expositor, 10 July 1999, A5.
^Mary Welsh, "Different options for downtown renewal," Brantford Expositor, 23 September 1999, A10.
^Michael-Allan Marion, "Friel floats proposal for BCI: Mayor says high school could house Brant, military museums," Brantford Expositor, 9 May 2003, A1.