Oakville Town Clerk honoured with Prestige Award

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 18 /CNW/ - Cathie Best, Clerk for the Town of
Oakville, was the recipient of the 2008 Prestige Award presented June 10th, by
AMCTO (the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of
Ontario) at its 70th Annual Meeting in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
    AMCTO is the largest voluntary professional association in the municipal
field in Ontario, and the leading professional development organization for
municipal administrative staff. AMCTO presents the Prestige Award annually to
a member in recognition of a career of outstanding commitment to the ideals of
the Association and exceptional contributions to the Association and the
municipal profession.
    Throughout her 29 year municipal career, Cathie Best has earned a
reputation for introducing innovative methods of service delivery to enhance
the efficiency and effectiveness of the municipality, while increasing the
level of service to the public. Her noteworthy achievements have included the
introduction of e-document technology for the circulation of public
information and, serving as a member of the restructuring team for the
amalgamation of the City of Toronto.
    Cathie has generously supported her staff through mentoring and training.
As one of her colleagues noted: "her professional knowledge is not only sought
out by her staff, but by staff in other Departments, her peers in the
municipality and in other municipalities, and by other senior levels of
Management. She is well-respected for such knowledge and for her communication
    Ms. Best was caught completely off guard when her name was announced as
the 2008 honoree. She expressed in her typically modest style that she was
"truly humbled to be named along with her colleagues and mentors who had
previously won the Prestige Award." Said Town of Oakville Mayor, Rob Burton:
"The Prestige Award is a fitting tribute to Cathie Best's dedication,
leadership and loyalty to her municipality, her community and to her
    Cathie Best is an active member of AMCTO and served as the Association
President in 1997-1998. Ms. Best is also actively involved in her community,
participating in myriad fundraising events for causes such as Big Brothers Big
Sisters, and Breast Cancer research. Cathie has participated in the Rotary
International program and in the late 1990s, served as the Vice-President for
Volunteer Etobicoke.

For further information:

For further information: Craig Wellington, Manager, Communications and
Marketing/AMCTO, Tel: (905) 602-4294 ext. 24, e-mail: cwellington@amcto.com

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