Ontario’s Ford Government  Appoints St. Catharines Regional Councillor and former Ford Candidate Sandie Bellows As New Chair of Niagara Parks Commission

News from Ontario’s “Government for the People”

Posted February 5th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

A Brief Foreword Note from NAL reporter and publisher               Doug Draper –

Ford government picks fellow Tory traveller Sandie Bellows to chair board of Ontario’s time-honoured Niagara Parks Commission

This news should come as no real surprised for those who have been following rumours for months now that Ontario’s Ford Government would begin to appoint Tory partisans to positions on a Niagara Parks Commission (NPC)  that has been under the jurisdiction of the province since it was founded more than a century ago.

So it is no surprise that Sandie Bellows, who ran as a Ford candidate in St. Catharines  last June’s provincial elections, and received an appointment from the Ford government as a member on the Parks Commission board weeks before she won a seat in St. Catharines on Niagara’s Regional Council, has now been appointed as chair of the NPC’s board, replacing Janice Thomson, a Niagara-on-the-Lake resident who held the position for seven years.

It will be interesting to see who else gets appointed to positions on the NPC in the days and weeks ahead. We’ll be watching.

Now here is the Ford government’s news release on Bellows’ appointment – 

The Honourable Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, has announced the appointment of Sandie Bellows as the new Chair of the Niagara Parks Commission. She will begin her four-year term immediately.

Ms. Bellows is currently serving her first term on Niagara Regional Council, after representing Grantham Ward as a St. Catharines city councillor for four years (2014-18). Ms. Bellows worked as a senior executive with Telus and general manager for CNN Staffing Solutions. During her tenure at Telus, Ms. Bellows was a member of the Presidents Club, excelling in top sales for Canada. In 2018, she was appointed as a commissioner on the board of the Niagara Parks Commission. 

Niagara West MPP and Ford Tory Sam Oosterhoff heaps praise on Sandie Bellows as she receives chair appointment at Niagara Parks Commission

Ms. Bellows has also been involved in community work, as Tournament Director for Niagara Sports and Entertainment, Vice-President, Board Member and Tournament Chair of the St. Catharines Minor Hockey Association and Executive Board Member of both the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival and Crime Stoppers of Niagara. She worked as a long-term care home volunteer at Linhaven in St. Catharines and as a volunteer trainer at Niagara Victims Support. 

“The Niagara Parks Commission plays a significant role in the region’s economy and vitality. No one knows that better than Sandie,” said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.  “Born and raised in St. Catharines, Sandie has extensive volunteer experience, is actively involved in the community and has considerable expertise in sales and development. I am looking forward to her bringing those skills and insights to the table as Chair of the Niagara Parks Commission to support and advance the Commission’s mandate.”  

“Sandie Bellows brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role as Chair of the Niagara Parks Commission,” said MPP Sam Oosterhoof. “I’m pleased to welcome her to the Board and I’m confident that she will be a strong advocate for the Niagara Parks Commission.”

Established in 1885, the Niagara Parks Commission is mandated to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of Niagara Falls and the Niagara River corridor for the enjoyment of visitors and future generations.

Quick Facts

The Niagara Parks Commission is governed by the Niagara Parks Act.

Additional Resources

Read more about how appointments are made

Find out more about the Niagara Parks Commission

Former Niagara Parks Commission chair Janice Thomson

From Niagara At Large –

To read a piece Niagara At Large posted this past November on former Niagara Parks Commission Chair Janice Thomson’s departure, click onhttps://niagaraatlarge.com/2018/11/15/janice-thomsons-seven-year-tenure-as-chair-at-ontarios-niagara-parks-is-over/  

To read a piece Niagara At Large posted this October , featuring the full text of Niagara Parks Chair Janice Thomson’s address to members of the public and her board, click on –https://niagaraatlarge.com/2018/10/31/in-less-than-10-years-ontarios-niagara-parks-has-progressed-from-financial-losses-to-surpluses-and-to-an-ever-brighter-future/

To read a full transcript of Sandie Bellows’ appearance before an all-party standing committee of the Ontario legislature over her candidacy for a seat on Niagara Parks’ board, click on – https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/committees/government-agencies/parliament-42/transcripts/committee-transcript-2018-oct-02#P78_3734 .

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