Toronto, Ont., August 21, 2003 – Austin Hunt, Mayor of the Township of Billings, has been named to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s Honour Roll.

This award is given annually to individuals in appreciation of their exemplary service to municipal government and to AMO. 

“Aus has an incredible 50 year record of excellence in municipal service, where his expertise and hard work is acknowledged and respected,” said Ken Boshcoff, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.  “As a member of the AMO Board of Directors and a valued colleague, he has contributed greatly to the goals of our organization.”

Hunt was one of three individuals named to AMO’s 2003 Honour Roll.  The presentations occurred at AMO’s annual conference held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, from August 17 – 20, 2003.  More that 1200 municipal politicians and government officials attended the conference.  The awards were presented at the banquet dinner on August 19.

“Each of our award winners has shown an immense commitment to providing top-quality municipal services and efficient and effective local government,” said Pat Vanini, Executive Director of AMO.   “They are truly representative of elected officials all across Ontario, who work hard every day to provide excellence in municipal government.”  

Hunt was first elected in 1953.  For thirty of those years he has served as Reeve of the Township of Billings on Manitoulin Island.  He also was campaign manager and aide to the Right Honourable Lester B. Pearson in his riding of Algoma East, for Mr. Pearson’s entire career.  He is an active member of AMO’s Northern Caucus and the Federation of Northern Municipalities (FONOM).  He has served as President of the Manitoulin Municipal Association, the Manitoulin Tourism Association, LAMBAC Community Futures and the Ontario Association of Community Development Corp 1995.

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is a non-profit organization with member municipalities representing 95 per cent of Ontario’s population.  AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.

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