Province Honours Municipal Dedication To Strong Communities

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Province Honours Municipal Dedication To Strong Communities

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Long-Standing Service Awards Presented PARRY SOUND, ON, May 13 - The Ontario government is recognizing the dedication of municipally elected officials by presenting them with an award for their long-standing service. "The strength of Ontario has always been dependent on the spirit and dedication of its municipal officials," said John Gerretsen, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "Our government is proud to recognize the commitment and contributions of these recipients and thank them for their outstanding work in helping to build strong communities in northern Ontario." The long-standing service program was introduced by the Ontario government in 2004 to recognize municipally elected officials with at least 25 years of service. The award recipients representing municipalities in northeastern Ontario were announced today at the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) conference in Parry Sound. "We are proud to acknowledge and celebrate these hard-working individuals who have shown dedication to their communities," said Ted Knight, Mayor of Parry Sound. Disponible en français www.mah.gov.on.ca www.resultsontario.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- LONG-STANDING SERVICE The long-standing service program was introduced by the Ontario government in 2004 to recognize municipally elected officials with at least 25 years of service. Recipients representing municipalities in northeastern Ontario received their awards at the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) conference in Parry Sound today. Congratulations to: Colleen Belanger Gerald Bell Mayor Local Councillor Township of Coleman Township of McKellar Robert Gallagher Frank Gillis Mayor Local Councillor Town of Blind River Town of Espanola Austin Hunt Frank Manzo Sr. Reeve Local Councillor Township of Billings City of Sault Ste. Marie Hugh Moggy Dennis Mortson (posthumous) Local Councillor Mayor Township of Assiginack Town of Englehart James Swift Harry Vanderweerden Local Councillor Local Councillor Township of Seguin Town of Gore Bay Laurier Bourgeois Elgin Schneider Reeve Mayor Township of Val Rita-Harty Village of Sundridge Henry Goertzen Bill Vrebosch Local Councillor Mayor Township of Laird Township of East Ferris Ellwood McKinnon Mayor Township of Johnson Disponible en français www.mah.gov.on.ca www.resultsontario.gov.on.caFor further information: Contacts: Patti Munce, Minister's Office, (416) 585-6333; Lynn Buckham, Municipal Services Office - Northeast Region, (705) 564-6858