Wayne Redekop, Regional Councillor (Fort Erie)

Wayne Redekop

Biography

Councillor Wayne Redekop is serving his fifth term on regional council in his capacity as mayor of the Town of Fort Erie where he was born and raised.

Councillor Redekop attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island; Western University (B.A.) in London; Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto (LL.B.) and has been a practising lawyer since 1977.

His community involvement includes:

  • Former president of Welland County Law Association
  • Councillor for the Town of Fort Erie, 1991-1994
  • Mayor of the Town of Fort Erie, 1997-2006, during which time he was chair of the Mayors Slot Revenue Coalition
  • Member of Niagara River Bi-National Mayors Coalition, Ontario Mayors Automotive Coalition, Mayors Transportation Corridors Coalition and Niagara Parks Commission;
  • Establishment of the first municipal Gaming Corporation in Ontario, a community health and wellness committee, the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee
  • Developing strategic alliances with City of Buffalo, Niagara Parks Commission, Buffalo-Fort Public Erie Bridge Authority and Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators.

Councillor Redekop has been the mayor of the Town of Fort Erie from 2014 to present and promoted the municipal administration credo of efficiency, accountability and responsiveness. During that time, the town invested heavily in infrastructure renewal, new parks and public transit; experienced a boom in residential construction; actively engaged residents in a number of policy initiatives; and promoted the value of Fort Erie's expansive waterfront, rich natural heritage and opportunities for growth and prosperity.

He is or has been a member of:

  • Ridgeway Lions Club since 1978
  • St. Paul's Anglican Church
  • Niagara Land Trust as first chair from 2009 to 2011
  • D'Youville College, Buffalo as trustee from 2008 to 2015 and chair from 2013 to 2015
  • Fort Erie Economic Development Corporation
  • Fort Erie Mayor’s Task Force to Save Our Hospital as co-chair
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Fort Erie Public Library Board
  • Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
  • Head Injury Association of Fort Erie
  • Fundraising Committee for Crystal Ridge Library branch
  • Ridgeway Blood Donor Clinic as convenor from 1990 to 2009
  • Fort Erie Multicultural Centre
  • Douglas Memorial Hospital Board

Councillor Redekop is married to Cathy and has three adult daughters, Lindsay, Hilary and Kylie, along with two grandsons, Brody and Cullen. He qualified for and completed (with Lindsay) the Boston Marathon, 2008 and 2009.

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