Guelph-Eramosa Township Mayor Chris White was elected to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) board of directors on Aug. 26, at the annual conference held here.
White is one of five members representing the rural caucus.
The AMO board of Directors is made up of elected municipal officials and staff from all regions and communities in Ontario. The board meets to discuss key municipal issues, sets policy priorities, and serves as a support system for municipalities, lobbying the provincial government.
“I am pleased to serve on the 2008-2009 AMO board of directors, representing the rural caucus,” White said. “I look forward to working together on key issues facing rural communities in Ontario. I believe that rural Ontario, with all its diversity, needs to have a unified voice. We need place-based policies, non-competitive infrastructure funding, and an upload of provincial services.”
In addition to his duties as Mayor for Guelph-Eramosa, White’s political experience includes being a member of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA), the Ontario Rural Council (TORC) and the OMAFRA panel on rural policy board. White has also worked on the AMO planning, brownfield and the rural and northern affairs task forces and the sustainable rural communities research committee.
“I’d like to congratulate Mayor White on his election to the AMO board of directors rural caucus,” said county Warden John Green. “He has served the community of Guelph/Eramosa and the county very well. He brings a lot of rural political experience to the table.”
AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of the 445 municipalities in Ontario. AMO provides a variety of services and products to members and non-members.