Province Gives 25 Years Service Award To Municipal Official

    Chatham-Kent Councillor Honoured

    LONDON, ON, Nov. 9 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is recognizing the
dedication of Chatham-Kent Councillor Frank Vercouteren with a long-standing
service award.
    "I congratulate Councillor Vercouteren for 25 years of dedicated service
to his community," said Jim Watson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
"The long-standing service award acknowledges the commitment and contribution
of our municipal leaders to the well-being of our communities."
    Vercouteren has been councillor of the municipality of Chatham-Kent since
1997. He was Reeve of the town of Ridgetown for two years, from 1968 to 1970,
and later served on the council of the town of Blenheim for 14 years. He was
recently inducted to the Kent Agricultural Hall of Fame for his contributions
to rural agriculture in the community.
    The award was presented to Vercouteren today at the Ontario Southwest
Municipal Conference held at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn in London.
    Long-standing service awards were introduced by the Ontario government in
2004 to recognize municipally-elected officials with at least 25 years of
    For more information about the long-standing service program, visit

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For further information:

For further information: Adam Grachnik, Minister's Office, (416)
585-6492; Micheline Riopelle, Southwestern Municipal Services Office, (519)

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