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Kawartha Lakes named winner of 2014 E.A. Danby Award

AMCTO (The Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario) has awarded the City of Kawartha Lakes with the 2014 E.A. Danby Award in Municipal Administration for municipalities with a population of 20,000 or more for their Initiative Management program.

The late E.A. Danby was AMCTO’s first President. Mr. Danby demonstrated his vision and innovative spirit when he set out to establish AMCTO over 70 years ago.

The E.A. Danby Award recognizes that same spirit of vision, and innovation in Ontario municipalities.

“This is a great day for the City of Kawartha Lakes and for our staff,” said CAO Mark Fisher. “Our staff has worked extremely hard over the last year and they are the reason this program has been such a success.”

The E.A. Danby Award is presented annually to a municipality that demonstrates, through a specific initiative, a willingness to employ innovative techniques and is able to demonstrate the tangible results of those efforts as they impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of the municipal corporation.

Previous winners in the Municipal Administration for municipalities with a population of more than 20,000 include the City’s of Vaughan, Ottawa, Brampton, Windsor and Oakville.

“To be recognized for Initiative Management across the Province is a tremendous honour,” said Director of Initiative Management Mary-Anne Dempster. “More than 250 of our staff have been involved in initiative management projects and have worked tirelessly to improve our performances and be more accountable to our residents. This award is theirs to celebrate and embrace.”

AMCTO (The Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario) represents excellence in local government administration. AMCTO has provided education, accreditation, leadership, and implementation expertise for Ontario’s municipal professionals for the past seventy five (75) years. With 2,200 members working in municipalities across Ontario, AMCTO is Canada’s largest association of local government professionals, and the leading professional development organization for municipal administrative staff.

AMCTO is known as 'The Municipal Experts' because of the breadth of expertise and knowledge of its members in a range of municipal operation areas and legislative issues.

“I have believed for some time now that Kawartha Lakes would emerge as a championship organization in the future,” said Kawartha Lakes Mayor Ric McGee. “This award is proof that our people are among the most talented in Ontario. When you look at the previous award winners and their excellence recognized through the AMCTO, this award is especially symbolic.

“Change is sometimes challenging and in these challenging times our people met and continue to exceed expectations,” he added. “The future for Kawartha Lakes looks very bright as we continue to empower our employees to be the best that they can be. I am proud of our staff for this accomplishment.”

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