Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff, the regions only government member, did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
\”Theyve got very capable senior staff at the Niagara Parks Commission, and now (chief operating officer) David Adames is currently taking the lead position\” as acting chief executive officer, said Diodati, Niagara Regions representative on the parks board.
\”Hes been there long enough and hes proven his abilities, he understands the mandate and the direction of the Parks.\”
In addition to two terms as mayor, from 2003 to 2010, he also served as a federal citizenship judge for six years until November 2017 and was a member of the provinces Alcohol and Gaming Commission from 2001 to 2004.
\”I certainly would,\” he said. \”I think it would be a natural progression for me in terms of the service Ive had in the past, given the fact Ive been mayor of the city for seven years, I sat on the parks commission for three of those years and I have experience at the regional level.
He applied for a provincial posting through the Appointments Secretariat of Ontario. With more than 300 appointments to fill on boards and agencies across the province, the parks chair position has not yet been officially posted.
Queens Park is responsible for filling eight of the 12 seats on the parks board, including the chair and vice-chair.
Vice-chair Joan Andrews term is due to expire Dec. 31. With the appointment of Sandie Bellows of St. Catharines last month, there is one more vacancy to be filled through Queens Park.
The other four members are named locally by the Region and the municipalities of Niagara Falls, Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the-Lake.
\”There was a few issues, and weve stepped in as a management team,\” said John Brewer, executive director of the Welland animal shelter.
\”The board of directors felt the shelter needed some leadership,\” he said, adding he could not discuss the nature of the issues.
\”Youre seeing this regionalization of services more and more,\” he said. \”The United Way did it, the chambers of commerce did it and everything becomes so much more efficient and cost effective.\”
\”At the end of the day, this is all about the animals and we want to do whats best for the pets and pet owners and animals in the city.\”
Gala 2018 Roarin 20s will feature a dinner, a silent and live auction and entertainment. Tickets are $75 each and are available at both shelters. For more information on the gala, visit www.nfhs.ca or www.wellandspca.com.