Director of recreation and culture bidding farewell as he heads for Collingwood

 

Dean Collver, seen here shortly after being hired, is now leaving for Collingwood where he will become director of parks, recreation and culture. Collver cites family reasons for his departure from Amherstburg.

Dean Collver, seen here shortly after being hired, is now leaving for Collingwood where he will become director of parks, recreation and culture. Collver cites family reasons for his departure from Amherstburg.

By RTT Staff

 

The town is now looking for a second new director as Dean Collver is leaving the town for family concerns.

Collver, who was the director of recreation and culture until his title was recently changed to director of community and corporate services, is moving on to become the director of parks, recreation and culture for the town of Collingwood.

“The decision to move on wasn’t an easy one and it comes with a lot of mixed feelings,” said Collver. “The big motivator was the opportunity to move to a closer proximity with both my extended family, and that of my wife. We’ve wanted to be able to access our parents more easily as they work through some illnesses and this gave us the chance to do that.”

Collver describes his new job as “a great work opportunity” and said he will be able to draw heavily on what he has learned in his two-and-a-half years in Amherstburg. Admitting he needs to learn more about his new home, he said it appears to mirror Amherstburg in that there “seems to be an emphasis on special events and festivals, the arts community both as cultural attraction and a defining characteristic of the community, agri, outdoor, and adventure tourism, and the continuous development of recreation facilities for the community.”

Collver stated that “everyone has been very sincere and accommodating in this transition both on the Collingwood and Amherstburg sides of the coin” and that “Amherstburg has been outstanding to both my family and myself. This position gave me an opportunity to use skills and abilities that were developed from a number of career experiences leading up to this one. I was able to absorb a lot of learning from my colleagues both within my department and in other areas of the organization.”

Stating he is grateful to have worked with staff that has taught him a lot and “made me look good in the process,” Collver said he will miss everyone.

“There are some incredibly talented people within the town organization and a whole lot more goes into the operation of a municipality than I ever would have imagined before arriving here,” he said. “If anything stands out to me it’s the commitment that the employees of this organization make to the betterment of the community. For a vast majority of staff it is apparent to me that the pride of what they are doing drives their actions and attention to their role.”

Collver added his family will miss Amherstburg “and all that it has to offer.

“For my two youngest children, Amherstburg represents the majority of their life experiences to date,” he said. “As a parent it has been a luxury to live in a community that feels this safe, has so many amenities and opportunities with which to enjoy life, and where we’ve been able to make so many friends. In leaving I don’t take any of this for granted – as excited as we are for our new adventure in Collingwood and exploring everything that it has to offer, we will definitely miss Amherstburg.”

During Monday night’s town council meeting, Mayor Wayne Hurst noted it was Collver’s final meeting in Amherstburg and thanked him for his contributions.

“We are pleased with what you contributed to the town of Amherstburg,” said Hurst, praising Collver for his expertise, knowledge and ability to be a team player.

“Because of you spending time in Amherstburg, you have made our recreational facilities so much better,” said Hurst.

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