08/18/2010

Windsor, Ontario August 18, 2010 – The AMO named Doug Reycraft, Mayor of Southwest Middlesex, to the AMO Honour Roll on August 17 at the 2010 AMO Conference in Windsor.
Reycraft served as AMO President from 2006-2008.  During his term, he chaired the Joint Fiscal and Service Delivery Review that AMO undertook with the Province of Ontario.  That process led to the uploading of Ontario Drug Benefits and Ontario Disability Support Program costs, as well as a commitment to upload the costs of Ontario Works benefits and court security costs from the property tax base. When all these uploads are completed, the Review will result in a net annual benefit to municipalities of more than $1.5 billion

AMO continues to benefit from Doug’s leadership on many municipal matters, including economic development and public health files.  He presently serves as Chair to the Association’s Municipal Employer Pension Centre of Ontario (MEPCO), a not-for-profit corporation created by AMO to ensure that its OMERS representatives are well-resourced and supported by leading pension expertise. 

A former teacher, Reycraft served as Councilor, Deputy Reeve and Reeve in the Village of Glencoe and as Warden of Middlesex County before serving in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1985-1990.  Following his return to municipal politics, Reycraft was elected as Mayor of Southwest Middlesex in 2000 and is a long–standing AMO Board member.
  
AMO’s Honour Roll recognizes people who have gone beyond their normal roles and responsibilities and who have stepped up to represent municipal governments provincially and nationally, advocating for the betterment of municipal government and service to communities.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments.  AMO supports 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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