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Services Board reconnecting with municipalities

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

By Michael Christianson

In his mission to present the 2015 Kenora District Services Board (KDSB) budget to the municipalities under its auspices, CAO Henry Wall is also taking the time to promote to the district’s freshly elected councils what it is they do.

Wall presented the KDSB’s 2015 budget to the Committee of the Whole in Dryden on April 13.

“I’m very happy to be invited to give our presentation to the city council in Dryden to give an overview in terms of what the KDSB does,” said Wall. “Our obstacles sometimes is just the fact that a lot of our stakeholders aren’t fully clear what it is we do and the services we provide so having this opportunity and giving the municipal council too the opportunity to ask any question they want of us to really have that open dialogue the transparency as well and for them to know that we need to work together if we’re going to come to a common meaningful solution.”

The report highlighted the four core services that they provide, early learning and care (child care), Ontario Works, social housing and land ambulance.

The service contract for the early learning and care program is held by the Ministry of Education and is legislated by the Day Nursery Act. The goal of the early learning and care is to provide quality services to children and families so they are able to reach their full potential.

Ontario Works service contract is held by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and is legislated by the Ontario Works Act. The goal of the program is to assist people in their shortest route to paid employment

KDSB manages senior, single and family units in Dryden, Dinorwic, Ear Falls, Hudson, Kenora, Minaki, Red Lake and Sioux Lookout.

For EMS staff KDSB employs eight full-time and one part time staff in Dryden and Dryden made up roughly 13.7 per cent of the call volume base for the region.

Mayor Craig Nuttall who is on the KDSB board of directors was happy to have Wall present to council.

“I think that being on the board is very interesting because he has actually cut down what we have to give to KDSB,” said Nuttall. “He is very cautious because he was in a municipal world so he knows what we’re going through and I was very impressed with his presentation. He pretty well spelt it out a hundred per cent that a lot of this stuff is mandated by the government and they have to do it.”


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