Town of The Blue Mountains set to honour Robert B. Waind as Senior of the Year

Monday, June 19th at 7 pm at the regularly scheduled Council Meeting.

Date:                          June 15th, 2017

Town of The Blue Mountains set to honour Robert B. Waind as Senior of the Year

At an upcoming meeting, the Town of The Blue Mountains Council will honour Robert B. Waind as the Town of The Blue Mountains, Senior of the Year for 2017. This award is part of a Provincial program that gives each municipality in Ontario the opportunity to honour one outstanding local senior, who after the age of 65 has enriched the social, cultural or civic life of his or her community.

Mr. Waind will receive his award from Council on Monday, June 19th at 7 pm at the regular Council meeting at Town Hall.

Mr. Waind, moved to the Swiss Meadows area of The Blue Mountains with his wife, Georgina, in 1981. He has been a very active presence in our community and his commitment and time investment in the issues important to him, earned him this recognition.

 Mr. Waind has always been very passionate about preserving the heritage of the Town. As a former Council member, he developed the Heritage Cemeteries Program which encouraged residents to adopt a cemetery to ensure that these heritage properties were maintained. He took on the maintenance of Banks Cemetery, something he has continued to this day.

Mr. Waind has also been an enthusiastic ambassador for the Town, spending over 30 years on the board of the Georgian Triangle Tourism Association (GTTA). Mr. Waind first joined the GTTA in an official capacity, but was asked to continue on as a “member-at-large”. He believes that the region must work together if the Town and its neighbours were to become a true four season destination.

Mr. Waind is also Chair of the Nottawasaga Watershed Improvement Project (NWIP), an arms-length committee that was established with members from the public at large. This committee has been able to secure over $400,000 in federal and provincial funds over the past 7 years which were used for stream bank fencing, stream relocation, tree planting, and more.

Because of his NWIP experience, Mr. Waind was asked to join the board of the Beaver River Watershed Alliance, helping them draft a constitution and by-laws. He sat on the board until they were up and running.

When the F2 Tornado hit the Town in 2009, Mr. Waind was there for the Town again. As one of the Town appointees to the Grey County Tornado Disaster Relief Fund, set up by the Province to manage restoration fund disbursements, the committee spent 2 years processing funding applications. This committee helped get people back to work, back to business and most importantly, back to their homes.

Mr. Waind has contributed to this Town as a tourism advocate, a board expert, a historical preservationist and a protector of the environment.  Council wants to thank Mr. Waind for his countless contributions to the Town of The Blue Mountains. He has devoted over 35 years to the Town, and I think it is safe to say that this Town is a better place for having him here.

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For more information, contact:

Elizabeth Cornish

Communications and Economic Development Coordinator

(519) 599-3131 ext 282



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