Town hires new treasurer

The Town of Fort Frances has added a new member to its management team, hiring Margaret “Peggy” Dupuis as its new treasurer.
Dupuis officially will start in her new role Aug. 11, filling the vacancy left by Diane Pearson, who left the job July 11.
Dupuis holds her Certified Municipal Officer designation and brings with her 17 years of municipal and management experience.
She graduated high school in Red Rock, about 100 km east of Thunder Bay, and went on to a position as acting clerk-treasurer for the Township of Dorion.
In 1990, she moved to the position of clerk-treasurer for the Township of Beardmore, and in 1998, became treasurer for the Town of Geraldton.
Through a subsequent amalgamation, Dupuis then became Treasurer/Director of Finance and Administration for the new Municipality of Greenstone.
She will be relocating here with her husband, Dave, who specializes in fine furniture building and also is a certified literacy instructor.
In her free time, Dupuis enjoys tai chi, reading, walking, and volunteering in the community and her church.
Pearson resigned to work for the Town of Black River-Matheson, about a half-hour east of Timmins, as CAO/treasurer. She first took the job here in November, 2000 after moving from North Bay.
In related news, Doug Brown, who was hired to replace former Operations and Facilities manager Pat Hickerson in mid-June, started work here Monday.
Most recently having worked as the manager of the Works and Operations Department for the Town of Marathon, Brown was raised in Atikokan, where his father, Dennis, is mayor.
In his role as manager of the Works and Operations Department there, Brown was responsible for engineering design and project administration, and the Operations Division, which included water treatment, sewer and water systems, waste, roadways, recreation, and cemetery operations.
He also functioned as co-administrator for an extended period of time.
Brown has relocated with his wife, Joanne, who is a teacher, and his two children, Dustin and Emily, who are involved in hockey and swimming.
Hickerson worked his last day in early May, relocating to a job as an engineering consultant in British Columbia.
Superintendent of Works (Facilities) Bruce Spottiswood had assumed this role until Brown was hired and started work this week.