Mayor Burkett presenting Councillor Ron Stevens with the Key to the Township of Severn

Severn, Ontario: Township of Severn hosted a service recognition event on November 14 to thank the outgoing members of Council for their contributions. 

Mayor Burkett welcomed members of the public, friends and family of the honoured guests, as well as local dignitaries to join the recognition of service.

"It’s been an incredible honour to be part of a Council that has achieved so much, and as we are gathered today, it is important to reflect and acknowledge the tremendous success that we have had in the face of a very challenging term. With Council’s direction and leadership, we were able to reach many of our goals, and that would not have been possible without the contributions of those we are here to recognize today, Deputy Mayor Jane Dunlop and Councillor Ron Stevens."

—Mayor-elect Mike Burkett

Mayor Burkett thanked Deputy Mayor Dunlop (outgoing) for her 12 years of service, noting that Severn has been transformed by her beautification efforts and community art initiatives. Mayor Burkett emphasized that her hard work was always evident and sincerely appreciated by many, and that the Deputy Mayor's contributions truly helped to make Severn a special place. Although unable to attend, Deputy Mayor Dunlop sent her sincere regrets and kind regards to those in attendance.

Mayor Burkett shared a summary of Councillor Ron Steven's (outgoing) 43 years of municipal service, thanking Councillor Stevens for his professionalism, guidance, and leadership. Mr. Stevens began his municipal service career in 1978 at the City of Orillia, first as Councillor and then Deputy Reeve for the next 16 years. When the new Township of Severn was formed in 1994, Ron was elected as the first Mayor. He then served six years for the Township of Severn and went on to serve as the Mayor of Orillia for three consecutive terms from 2000 to 2010. Councillor Stevens returned as a member of Severn Council in 2010 and served the Severn community for another 12 years.

Mayor Burkett presented Mr. Stevens with the Key to the Township of Severn, a symbol of appreciation and trust for his many years of service. The Government of Ontario and the Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, awarded Ron a Lifetime Achievement Award, thanking him for his 43 years of service and recognizing this considerable milestone. 

“It has been a privilege to represent the citizens of Severn and Orillia, and I would encourage other members of the community to consider a seat on council. It has been a very rewarding experience that has added significance to my career and given me a great sense of accomplishment.”

Councillor Ron Stevens, Ward 4

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