Lynn Dollin named as Source Protection Chair

Newmarket – September 25, 2007

The South Georgian Bay-Lake Simcoe Watershed Region, comprised of the Black-Severn, Lake Simcoe, Nottawasaga Valley and Severn Sound watersheds, is pleased to announce that Lynn Dollin has been appointed Chair of the Drinking Water Source Protection Committee for the local planning region. Lynn Dollin, a Councillor in the Town of Innisfil, comes with a solid background of community involvement, consensus building and leadership skills.

“I’m looking forward to working with my fellow committee members, to create a plan to protect our drinking water sources, now and into the future,” Dollin said.

The new Chair was chosen by the Hon. Laurel Broten, Minister of the Environment, after considering a locally developed short list of highly qualified nominees. Her appointment is a highly anticipated benchmark event for the ongoing process of establishing the South Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe Watershed Region Source Protection Committee (SPC). The SPC will oversee the planning process to establish programs and policies to protect municipal drinking water sources in the region, as called for in the recently proclaimed Clean Water Act, 2006.

Local officials are pleased with the appointment. “Having the opportunity to be on the SPC Chair interview panel, I am very confident in the Minister’s choice to appoint Lynn Dollin to this position. We look forward to working with Lynn and the new SPC as they formulate the plan,” said Phil Sled, Mayor of the Township of Severn.

“The SSEA is very pleased with the Minister’s appointment. Lynn is a proven and accomplished public servant, and I look forward to working with her over the coming years,” said David Parks, Chair of the Severn Sound Environmental Association.

“I am really pleased that Lynn has been appointed because she is familiar with Conservation Authorities. Having worked with her in the past, I know we will have a great working relationship in the future,” said Fred Nix, Chair of the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority.

Virginia Hackson, Chair of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, echoed the sentiments, “The South Georgian-Bay Lake Simcoe Source Protection Region is delighted to have a Chair as qualified as Councillor Dollin to facilitate this important process.”

A Councillor in the Town of Innisfil, Lynn Dollin was first elected in 1994. She has served as a Board Member and a member of the Administrative Committee of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, as well as a Board Member and member of the executive committee of the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority where she also chaired the planning committee. Other appointments have included the Royal Victoria Hospital Board, the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee, the Innisfil Economic Development Committee, the South Simcoe Economic Alliance and the Administrative Development Advisory Committee. Lynn is an active volunteer with the Cookstown Chamber of Commerce where she lives and operates a retail business.

As SPC Chair, Lynn Dollin will fulfill the important steering role to guide local watershed source protection planning over the coming years. Applications for the committee member positions are being accepted until October 8, 2007.