Dalgleish gone from St. Lawrence Parks Commission
KINGSTON — Darren Dalgleish has officially left his position with the St. Lawrence Parks Commission.
Dalgleish stepped down from his general manager position in late February.
“I can confirm that the general manager has left the St. Lawrence Parks Commission as of Sept. 7,” said Mike Semansky of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “As this is a confidential human resources matter, we are unable to provide further comment.”
Dalgleish joined the parks commission in 2011, coming from the Town of Gananoque, where he was chief administrative officer.
In the following six years, the commission introduced the Skywood Eco Adventure Park in Mallorytown and Lumina Borealis, a sound and light show held at Fort Henry during the winter months. A number of new programs wera introduced at Upper Canada Village near Morrisburg, including the popular Pumpkinferno that runs through the month of October and Alight at Night, which runs through December.
The parks commission licensed Pumpkinferno a few years ago and is now associated with at least one other Ontario community that runs an event under the same name.
In 2016, the commission also partnered with the City of Kingston and Correctional Service Canada to operate the wildly popular walking tours of the former Kingston Penitentiary.
Just prior to stepping down, Dalgleish and the commission were heavily criticized by residents living near the Ivy Lea Campground, located near the Thousand Islands Bridge, after the commission approved the culling of trees at the campground. The commission moved forward with an aggressive tree-management plan after an incident at one of its parks in Glengarry, where a tree limb fell and significantly damaged a private camping trailer.
Dalgleish was replaced by Ronald Holgerson, who remains as interim general manager of the commission.
“The good work of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission will continue under his interim leadership,” Semansky said.
Holgerson is a senior executive who most recently held the position of president and chief executive officer of the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corp., an agency of the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport.