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London Councillor Receives Long-Standing Service Award

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London Councillor Receives Long-Standing Service Award

McGuinty Government Honours Municipal Official

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

London Councillor Bernie MacDonald is the recipient of a 25-year Long-Standing Service Award from the Province of Ontario.

MacDonald began his municipal career as a councillor on London City Council in 1980, and held this position for two years.  He returned as a councillor again in 1985, and has held this position since.

A proven leader in healthy living, safety and security, MacDonald led London's campaign to control the damaging impacts of urban graffiti, spearheaded the city's support for Ontario's legislation to ban smoking in motor vehicles with children under 16 years old, and championed the installation of North London's Optimist Community Centre.    

MacDonald is also a long-standing member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and has served on its board and committees.

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.

Quick Facts

  • Municipally-elected officials with 50 years of service started being recognized with a similar award in 2006.
  • Service does not have to be consecutive or with the same municipality for these awards.

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“The Long-Standing Service Award is a fitting tribute to recognize our locally-elected officials, and I would like to specifically thank Councillor MacDonald for his dedication to public service.”

Jim Watson

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

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