DURHAM: The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has honoured the late Roger Anderson with a Roll of Honour Award—recognizing his exceptional contributions to local government and to FCM itself.
As a long-time board member with FCM, Anderson served as a Director and Chair of the Ontario Caucus. He took great pride in his leadership of the Standing Committees on International Relations, Municipal Finance and Intergovernmental Arrangements, where he shared his knowledge and experience in municipal government with developing political economies.
He was also active in the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) for 25 years. Under his leadership, municipalities gained access to federal gas tax funding for infrastructure and transit; funding that was made permanent in 2008.
Locally, Anderson was the longest-serving Chair of Durham Region—a role he held for more than 20 years. In 2014, he became the first person directly elected into the role.
Prior to his terms as Regional Chair, Anderson served as a constable on the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) and as a broker with a local real estate business. He was first elected as a local councillor in 1985, serving as Regional Councillor and Deputy Mayor for the Town of Ajax from 1991 to 1997. He served as Chair of the Durham Region Transit Commission (since its inception in January 2006) and served several terms as Chair of the DRPS Board.
Anderson passed away, in March 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer.
The FCM Roll of Honour Awards recognize individuals who have made exceptional contributions to local government.
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