Advocating for Lincoln's Priorities - 2017 Association of Municipalities Ontario Conference and AGM

Lincoln, ON – (Aug. 17, 2017) – Members of Lincoln Council and staff attended the 2017 Association of Municipalities Ontario conference and annual general meeting in Ottawa this past week to advocate for our community with provincial Ministries. The conference also served as an opportunity to engage with our municipal colleagues from across the province on municipal best practices, new and innovative approaches to service delivery, and discuss approaches needed to make our communities sustainable.

Considering Lincoln’s priorities, the following meetings took place over the past three days with members of Council and staff:

  • Minister Kathryn McGarry, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Minister Jeff Leal, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Minister Eleanor McMahon, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
  • Parliamentary Assistant Daiene Vernile, Ministry of Transportation
  • Parliamentary Assistant Lou Rinaldi, Ministry of Municipal Affairs
  • Parliamentary Assistant John Fraser, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • The Ontario PC Caucus

The objectives of these meetings included continued relationship building with our provincial government officials, emphasizing Lincoln’s priorities, and in some cases, advocating for specific support. The Province of Ontario is a key partner in municipal business and critical to municipalities in building stronger and healthier communities. The Town of Lincoln was appreciative for the opportunity to sit with each of these Ministries and represent our community.

In addition to AMO, Mayor Sandra Easton, Deputy Mayor Paul MacPherson and staff met with Global Affairs Canada to discuss international trade opportunities and how to best position Lincoln as a destination for foreign tourism and commerce.


“Our role as Council is to advocate for our community, at every opportunity,” said Mayor Sandra Easton. “Securing additional resources through advocacy at other levels of government demonstrates this Council’s commitment in keeping Lincoln an affordable place to live, work and play.”

 “The Town of Lincoln is grateful for the opportunity to sit with our Provincial officials to discuss the financial and infrastructure resources required to best execute our work,” stated Michael Kirkopoulos, CAO. “Achieving long-term financial and infrastructure sustainability of municipal assets is a collective partnership, across all levels of government.”

One-pager's provided to each Ministry are available if requested. Email

Photos are available upon request. Group photos were taken at each meeting.



Carrie Beatty
Senior Communications Specialist
Town of Lincoln
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