Councillor Lloyd Ferguson was acclaimed the new Chair of the Hamilton Conservation Authority Board of Directors during its annual general meeting, June 6th. Santina Moccio was elected Vice-Chair.
The 11-member HCA Board is composed of representatives appointed by the municipalities within the Hamilton Conservation Authority watershed; 10 from the City of Hamilton and one from the Township of Puslinch.
Councillor Ferguson was elected in 2006 as the Ward 12 councillor and has been a member of the HCA Board for 13 years. He also previously served on the HCA Board from 1986 to 1991 as a former council member for the Town of Ancaster, with one term as Chair of the Conservation Advisory Board. He has been a life-long resident of Ancaster and spent a career with Dufferin Construction Company, with 32 years of service, 12 as general manager. Councillor Ferguson is an active community and industry volunteer with deep family roots in municipal politics. The family dynamic in Ancaster has been a long one, as there has been a Ferguson holding an elected position in Ancaster without interruption since 1955.
Ferguson expressed his appreciation for his fellow members’ confidence in him. He congratulated Susan Fieldling for an admirable job as Acting Chair over the past six months. He also welcomed two new citizen board members Cynthia Janzen and James Cimba and congratulated returning members. He expressed in his remarks that the talented and dedicated staff of HCA were the reason for his interest in holding the office of Chair of the Board of Directors.
Santina Moccio, a citizen member of the Board of Directors, was elected Vice-Chair, a position she has previously held with the Board. Moccio was appointed as a citizen member of the Board of Directors in 2011.
Maria Topalovic was also re-acclaimed as Chair of the Conservation Advisory Board (CAB). A citizen member of the HCA’s Board of Directors since 2011, Topalovic was first elected Chair of the CAB in 2012 and has been re-elected for 7 consecutive terms.