Ron Holman, the former Mayor of the Township of Rideau Lakes, will be honoured for his 33 years of service to the community as an elected official. The afternoon event will be on November 8, 2019 at the South Elmsley Municipal Complex, 441 Highway 15, from 2:00pm-4:00pm. The drop-in style event will include remarks at 3:00pm.
Mr. Holman entered elected office in the former Township of South Elmsley in 1983. Following amalgamation, he led the newly formed Township of Rideau Lakes and its successive Councils between 2000 and 2018. This period was marked by rapid municipal change and modernization locally and across Ontario.
Under his tenure, the Township initiated a number of key programs and public works. These included a major road hard surfacing campaign, new and expanded community halls in North Crosby, Elgin and South Elmsley, community-wide curbside collection, a private road improvement grant program and the in-progress village revitalization campaign.
Many of the programs developed in Rideau Lakes have since been adopted by neighbours and other rural municipalities across Ontario. This speaks to the innovative spirit and drive for continual improvement that marked Mr. Holman’s time in elected office.
Program and policy innovation led Mr. Holman to be elected to the Board of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA). Through this work and the related work on the Rural Caucus of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), Mr. Holman played a direct role in advocating for the interests of rural Ontario and its residents with the provincial Cabinet and its Ministers.
Mr. Holman also served on the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Council, including two terms as Counties Warden.
Current Rideau Lakes Mayor, Arie Hoogenboom, said of the event “Council and I wanted to recognize Ron for his unwavering support for our community and rural Ontario as a whole. As a former Chief Administrative Officer and now elected official, I can attest to the courage, perseverance and humility this role demands.” He followed, “A 33-year commitment of any kind is amazing. A 33-year commitment to an often thankless, but hugely important role, is a testament to Ron.”
Friends, colleagues and residents at large are welcomed to the event. At Mr. Holman’s request, donations to the area foodbanks will be accepted at the door.