Honouring Western Region Municipal Officials
McGuinty Government Recognizes 25 Years of Municipal Service
Fourteen municipal officials from western Ontario are the latest recipients of a provincial long-standing service award.
The municipal officials were honoured for 25 years of service at the annual Ontario West Municipal Conference held recently in London.
Long-standing service awards are given to municipally elected officials with at least 25 years of service. The program was introduced by the Ontario government in 2004. As of 2006, those with 50 years of service are also recognized.
25-year long-standing service awards were presented to:
Mayor John Adams, Municipality of Leamington
John Adams has been in municipal politics for over 25 years. He was first elected as the mayor of the Municipality of Leamington in 2003 after serving as councillor since the amalgamation of the Town of Leamington and the Township of Mersea in 1999. Adams helped guide the amalgamation process while serving on the council of Mersea Township.
Deputy Mayor Roland Anstett, Municipality of Brockton
Roland Anstett was elected, at the age of 25, the youngest councillor for the Township of Greenock in November 1982. Anstett has been serving the people of Greenock, now part of the amalgamated Municipality of Brockton, continuously since then in different capacities. He has served on Brockton council since its inception and has held the position of councillor and now, deputy mayor.
Mayor William E. Bilton, Township of Dawn-Euphemia
William E. Bilton was first elected to public office in 1982. He served, at different times, as councillor, deputy reeve, reeve and mayor in the former Township of Euphemia. In 1998, Bilton was elected the first mayor of the amalgamated Township of Dawn-Euphemia where he is currently serving.
Councillor Joe Faas, Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Joe Faas was first elected councillor to Dresden town council in 1976 and served 21 years, including eight years as mayor. In 2003, he was elected Ward 4, North Kent councillor in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and was re-elected in 2006. Faas has served on various committees over the years, and is active in the Dresden Legion poppy campaign and Remembrance Day service.
Mayor Howard Greig, Township of Chatsworth
From 1982, Howard Greig served at various times as councillor, deputy mayor and mayor for the former Township of Sullivan. He has served as mayor of the Township of Chatsworth since amalgamation in 2000. Greig has been active with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, including two years as chair. He operates a beef farm and is a current member of the Agricultural Society.
Mayor Jamie Hahn, Town of St. Marys
Jamie Hahn was first elected in 1978 as councillor in the Town of St. Marys where he served for 13 years. He served as mayor from 1991 - 2003 and was re-elected in 2006. Hahn is a great promoter of the Town of St. Marys and works hard to preserve what is important to the community.
Councillor E.L. "Ted" Higgins, Township of North Dumfries
E.L. (Ted) Higgins, a World War II veteran, has represented the Clyde area of the Township since 1982. He has been re-elected nine straight times and is regarded as the voice of experience and reason around the North Dumfries council table.
Mayor Ross W.J. Kelterborn, Township of Wellesley
Ross W.J. Kelterborn first served as Ward 3 councillor in the Township of Wellesley from 1973-1980. After a short hiatus, he was re-elected as Ward 3 councillor and served for another 12 years. Kelterborn is currently serving as mayor of the Township of Wellesley and regional councillor for the Region of Waterloo. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Waterloo North Hydro.
Councillor Carol Lawrence, Township of West Grey
Carol Lawrence has served in public office in different capacities since 1976, first for the Town of Durham, and currently as councillor for the amalgamated Municipality of West Grey. In her political career, Lawrence has been a member of numerous committees of county and local councils, most notably as building chair for the Grey County Long-term Care Homes - Rockwood Terrace in Durham and Grey Gables in Markdale.
Councillor Robert Lennox, Township of Georgian Bluffs
Robert Lennox was first elected councillor for the Township of Keppel in 1978, a position he held for 19 years. He continues to serve as councillor in the newly amalgamated Township of Georgian Bluffs, where he sits on the transportation committee.
Mayor Milt McIver, Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula
Milt McIver was first elected reeve of the former Township of Lindsay in 1982 and served in that position until 1999. He has served as mayor since the amalgamation of the four northern Bruce Peninsula municipalities in 1999. McIver is also on his third term as warden for the County of Bruce. He is active in the community and is a dedicated supporter of agriculture, tourism and small industry and business.
Councillor Steve Miller, Township of St. Clair
Steve Miller was first elected councillor for the Township of Sombra in 1982, a position he held for 19 years. He continues to serve as councillor in the newly amalgamated Township of St. Clair. Aside from being active in numerous committees and boards, Miller is also a retired volunteer firefighter and well-known community leader.
Councillor Gerald Shortt, Municipality of Meaford
Gerald Shortt was first elected councillor for St. Vincent Township in 1973 and served in that position for nine years. He then served as reeve and was elected the first mayor of the amalgamated Municipality of Meaford. He has been active with the Rural Ontario Municipalities' Association and was chair in 1995. He is currently a councillor for the Municipality of Meaford.
- Deputy Mayor Leslea Williams, Township of Dawn-Euphemia
Leslea Williams was the first woman elected to council in the former Dawn Township and served the municipality for 16 years. She continues to be active as deputy mayor of the amalgamated Township of Dawn-Euphemia.
- Long-standing service awardees are currently serving on Council.
- Service does not have to be consecutive or with the same municipality.
“The Long-standing Service Award is a testimony to the dedication of our locally-elected officials to their communities and the people of Ontario.”