South Dundas honoured by Economic Development Council of Ontario for initiative that helped save Seaway District High School

From left, South Dundas Economic Development Officer Rob Hunter, Councillor Marc St. Pierre, Mayor Evonne Delegarde and CAO Shannon Geraghty — with the Award picked up in Toronto yesterday, Feb. 7. Courtesy photo

TORONTO — Born of the successful effort to save Seaway District High School, the Municipality of South Dundas took top honours in the Public-Private Partnership Award (population 10,000-50,000) category at the Economic Development Council of Ontario (EDCO) Conference Awards Gala Ceremony, Feb. 7 in Toronto. Honouring economic development efforts across the province, it was the first time South Dundas picked an EDCO Award.

It recognizes an initiative spurred by the local municipality’s proposal to the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) as it controversially mulled the closure of both Seaway and Morrisburg Public School last winter.  The resulting South Dundas Student Technology Partnership involves the municipality, Ross Video and the UCDSB.

Mayor Evonne Delegarde, Councillor Marc St. Pierre, Chief Administrative Officer Shannon Geraghty and Economic Development Officer Rob Hunter were on hand to accept the Award at the Sheraton Centre Hotel.

“With membership of over 1,000, EDCO is the country’s largest provincial Economic Development Association and the awards competition is extremely competitive,” explained Hunter. “Winning this award in the Public-Private Partnership Population Category is a real honour for our municipality, especially given EDCO received over 115 award submissions.”

“Council is very proud that South Dundas won this Provincial Economic Development Award. It would not have been possible without the efforts of the entire community who pulled together during this process; school family, residents, staff and Council,” added Mayor Delegarde.