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Land Trust taps experience with new director PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matthew Desrosiers, Editor,The Highlander
Friday, 21 March 2014 20:20
 

The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust has hired its first executive director.


Larry O’Connor has been coming up to the Highlands for almost 40 years, the last 15 of which were spent on 12-Mile Lake at his summer home. He moved here full-time a year-and-a-half ago.
O’Connor is the past chair of the Kawartha Region Conservation Authority, a former parliamentary assistant to the Ontario Minister of the Environment, a member of the Ontario Legislative Assembly and mayor of the Township of Brock.
“I always had an interest in what’s happening in the community,” he said. “It’s partly my interest that got me into politics, and the community engagement piece I think is the most important piece of it.”
He said working for the Land Trust was an easy choice.
“When I came here, I saw this as a perfect fit. Hopefully we can engage the community a little bit more and reinvigorate the membership list.”
O’Connor always took a keen interest in the environment.

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 22:31
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Land Trust Hires First Executive Director PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dianne Mathes, Chair of the Board
Friday, 21 March 2014 20:06
 

Land Trust Hires First Executive Director
and New Administrative Assistant

The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Larry O’Connor as its first ever Executive Director.

O’Connor, who is a resident of Minden Hills, brings a wealth of experience that will take the Land Trust to the next stage of its development.

As a past Chair of the Kawartha Region Conservation Authority, O’Connor has a deep understanding of environmental issues and not-for-profit management. His career in public life includes roles as parliamentary assistant to the Ontario Minister of the Environment, a member of the Ontario Legislative Assembly, and as Mayor of the Township of Brock.

O’Connor said: “I am excited to be joining the Land Trust as its first Executive Director. I have watched as the organization has grown to become the leading voice in land conservation in Haliburton County, and I look forward to helping it meet its goals.”

Dianne Mathes, Chair of the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust, said the board of directors is delighted to have a new executive director, a key goal of its recent strategic plan.

“Larry brings a wealth of experience in municipal politics and not-for-profits that will ensure that our organization continues to increase its capacity to protect the natural environment of the Haliburton Highlands,” she said. “Larry lives here in the Highlands year round and is committed to our community.”

The role of Executive Director was made possible through the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

O’Connor begins his role with the Land Trust on Monday, March 3, 2014.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 20:23
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Brock Volunteers Recognized PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ted Foster
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 14:32
 

 

As you know very well, volunteering is the most fundamental act of citizenship in our society. Every day, 1,000’s of us give of our energies, life’s experience and talent to community organizations. By caring and contributing their time, volunteers hold a community, like ours, together.

Since the incorporation as a not-for-profit organization in 2002, we have had nearly 3 dozen serve on the Brock CHC Board. We have four charter members who have contributed for more than 10 consecutive years to building a community health centre in Brock Township.  And their continuous service even pre-dates the incorporation. 

I am pleased to advise you that these four colleagues have been recognized by the Government of Ontario for their vision and contribution to the Brock CHC. Larry O’Connor, past-chair, Shirley Wheatley, vice-chair, Nancy Parliament, secretary and Anne Kewley, member-at-large were officially recognized for this commitment and dedication at the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards Ceremony, June 10, in Peterborough by the Provincial Government.

Our Executive Director, Ron Ballantyne, and I, as Chair, were privileged to be present at the awards ceremony.

Please join with me in expressing our appreciation to these colleagues for their ongoing and active service to our organization.  A public service well done folks!

 

Ted Foster, President

Brock Community Health Centre

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 14:38
 
SEEKING THE DURHAM NDP NOMINATION PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry O'Connor
Friday, 19 October 2012 13:13
 

LARRY O'CONNOR TO SEEK DURHAM NDP NOMINATION

DURHAM - Former Mayor and MPP Larry O'Connor is hoping to carry the NDP banner in the upcoming by-election in the federal riding of Durham.

“I’m ready to hit the doorsteps and connect with voters and members here in Durham. I hope I can earn their trust and go on to represent the NDP in the upcoming by-election.” said O'Connor. “This campaign will give us an opportunity to send a strong message to Stephen Harper and the Conservatives that it’s a time for change."

O'Connor has served as Mayor of Brock Township and as a member of the provincial parliament, representing Durham-York. O'Connor has also served as a Durham regional councillor and is an active member of the community.

“People here in Durham deserve a representative that will stand up for them in Ottawa, not someone who spends their time wasting taxpayer dollars on lavish trips and perks," said O'Connor. "I will stand up for my fellow constituents and make sure their voices are heard."

The Durham seat was declared vacant after Cabinet Minister Bev Oda resigned.

 

As a footnote, while Larry was elected to represent the New Democratic Party Candidate, he was unsuccessful and finished with a strong second place showing on Election Day.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 14:35
 
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