Town bids farewell to retired planning co-ordinator

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Lory Bratt got the opportunity to work for the community she was raised in and got a chance to say thank you Monday night.

The town also had a chance to thank her for her years of service.

Bratt retired recently after 37 years of service, first with the former Malden Township and then the amalgamated Town of Amherstburg. She was hired by Malden June 15, 1976 and worked her way up from duties in the clerk’s department and became Amherstburg’s planning co-ordinator when Malden, Amherstburg and Anderdon amalgamated Jan. 1, 1998.

Bratt also has performed secretarial duties for numerous committees since she was first hired as well as assisting with various grant applications. Presenting a summer day camp for youth over the years was also something Bratt was credited with doing.

“Thirty-seven years goes by fast,” said Bratt. “I’m not sure many people get to work in the community they grew up in for a career.”

Bratt explained her background which includes clerk duties, policy preparation, drainage, recreation in addition to planning. The numerous aspects of her job never meant she wasn’t acquiring new knowledge.

 

Town bids farewell to retired planning co-ordinator

Town bids farewell to retired planning co-ordinator

“It’s a job where you never quit learning,” she said.

Bratt said she was “very proud” of her agricultural roots and added she is also proud of work she did in sectors such as natural heritage, recreation, commercial, residential and industrial. Saying she was grateful the town made planning and development a priority since amalgamation, she noted her work in drafting Official Plans, zoning bylaws, pre-development manuals and other pieces of policy that helped shape the town.

“I am so very happy to be part of that growth,” said Bratt.

Over the course of 37 years, Bratt added she “learned from so many people” and that there were “so many positive experiences” gained from those she worked with. She thanked all current staff members, including director of engineering and infrastructure Lou Zarlenga. Zarlenga, she said, worked with her dating back to their days in Malden and she referred to him as a mentor. She also praised treasurer Paul Beneteau as well as chief building official Steve Brown and the “family” in the planning department.

“Lory has had a very distinguished career in serving the municipality for 37 years,” said Mayor Wayne Hurst.

Hurst also praised the work she has done over the years.

“We certainly appreciate all you have done for all of us,” Hurst told Bratt.

Councillor Bob Pillon, who also worked with Bratt in Malden Township, said her work was always for the betterment of her community.

“We’ve been together a long time,” said Pillon. “Her heart was in this town and she did what was best for this community.”

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