Dal­gleish gone from St. Lawrence Parks Com­mis­sion

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - FRONT PAGE - elfer­gu­son@post­media.com EL­LIOT FER­GU­SON

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.

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