Rideau Lakes mapmaker wins Bill Thake award

Rideau Lakes trail promoter Doug Bond is presented with the Bill Thake Memorial Award for economic development leadership in Kemptville, Ont. on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Pictured are the first Bill Thake award recipient Glenn Allen, Bond, Leeds-Grenville Warden Robin Jones and Bill Thake's widow, Marlene. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

KEMPTVILLE – A heritage mapmaker from Rideau Lakes has charted a distinguished course and he’s been named the winner of the Bill Thake Memorial Award for 2018.

Doug Bond was revealed as the winner of the economic development leadership award Friday during the 10th annual Leeds-Grenville Economic Development Summit in Kemptville.

The retired teacher has been a decades-long trail promoter and designer of the local Heritage Map, known simply to locals as “The Map.”

Bond is also the chairman of the Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee, which has put together walking tours of the five Rideau Lakes communities (Chaffey’s Lock, Delta, Elgin, Newboro and Portland) as well as three driving tours of township historical sites.

Also nominated for the award was Geraldine Taylor – a North Grenville trailblazer in the art and business sectors.

Bill Thake served 52 consecutive years on Westport town council, still holding the distinction as the longest serving head of a municipality in Canada. He was also warden of the United Counties of Leeds-Grenville four times.

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