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Town Council has unanimously appointed John Kirby to fill the vacant Council position following the passing of Councillor Steve Bruce in June.

Provincial legislation requires that Council either appoint or call a by-election within 60 days of a vacancy occurring.  Mayor Bernice Jenkins stated “Considering the cost of the election and because we are in the last half of our term, we decided to appoint a new Councillor. This is a unique position for Council as it is normally the job of our citizens to decide who sits at the Council table to represent them. We took this responsibility very seriously. The criteria in making this appointment were: the person must be a Dungannon resident, someone known to Council, proven interest in the community, history of volunteering and a sense of Council protocol. I am delighted to welcome John to our table”.

John Kirby’s community involvement includes: volunteering for the Art Gallery of Bancroft since 2001 and a Director since 2006, Board member of the Community Futures Development Corporation for the past 10 years (he recently resigned as secretary due to this appointment), and past municipal appointee to the Quinte Health Care volunteer committee.

Prior to retirement in 2001, Mr. Kirby was a technical sales and marketing representative, specializing in international business. John and his wife Carol live in Dungannon ward and have attended Council meetings on a regular basis.


For further information please contact:

Mayor Bernice Jenkins: (613) 332-3331      

Steven Silver, Interim CAO: (613) 332-3331 ext. 208


Bancroft and Hastings Highlands Disaster Relief Committee

Applications for funding assistance are now available through the Ontario Disaster Assistance Relief Program (ODRAP) for eligible applicants with respect to the April 2013 flooding. 

Forms may be obtained: 

  • In person:  Town of Bancroft office at 24 Flint Avenue, Bancroft, Ontario or Municipality of Hastings Highlands office at 33011 Hwy 62 North, Maynooth





Further information regarding this program can also be obtained from the municipal websites or by calling the Disaster Relief Committee at 613-338-2811.                                  



(Bancroft, Ontario) – On Wednesday the 03rd of July 2013, the Bancroft detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received the report of a vehicle entered on Cleak Avenue in the Town of Bancroft.  Investigation revealed that sometime overnight a vehicle was entered and cash was stolen.


The Bancroft OPP would like to remind Bancroft and area residents to protect their vehicles from theft and the theft of contents in it.  A vehicle can be stolen in less than 30 seconds and an unlocked vehicle or open window is an easy target. 


You can protect your vehicle from theft by following a few precautions:

  • Always roll up your windows, lock the doors and pocket the key, even at your residence.
  • Never leave valuables such as wallets or electronics in your vehicle.
  • If you have a garage, use it and lock your vehicle and the garage door.
  • Never leave your vehicle unattended while it is running.






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Contact:  Susanne Cox

                 Community Service Officer

                 Bancroft OPP


Phone:  613-332-2112


Council Congratulates Doug Soucha

The Council of the Town of Bancroft congratulate Doug Soucha, Chief of the Hastings Quinte EMS in his appointment as Portfolio Manager for the Paramedic Community of Practice in the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP). 


Council is very proud and honoured that Bancroft’s John O’Donnell has been appointed Chief of the Hastings Quinte EMS during Mr. Soucha’s time with DND.  John continues to reside in our community and is well known for his many years of professionalism, exceptional service and community contributions not only with EMS but with volunteer based organizations and efforts. 

June 28

,, 2013


County EMS Chief Leaving for Department of National Defence



Hastings County EMS Chief Doug Socha has been recruited by the Department of

National Defence to work in their Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP). He is

representing the paramedic community across the country as the Paramedic Portfolio


This is a two year secondment from his duties as EMS Chief in Hastings County.


“Today we are announcing the signing of an Interchange Agreement between the

County and the Department of National Defence which will mean our EMS Chief Doug

Socha will be moving to DND for the next two years,” said County Warden Rick Phillips.

“All of us on County Council are thrilled for Doug and happy that his skills and abilities

are being recognized by the Federal Government. It is a real compliment to Doug and

as his employer we are very pleased to support him and National Defence with this

secondment” added Phillips.

“I am very thankful for the support of the County Council and my colleagues on the

Department Head team,” said Socha. “It is, in my opinion, a measure of the progressive

and forward thinking approach that I see on a daily basis in Hastings County,” he



Chief Socha will serve as Portfolio Manager for the Paramedic Community of

Practice in the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP).

The CSSP program aims to develop science and technology solutions to

anticipate and prevent incidents that threaten Canada’s safety and security, to

prepare and respond to these incidents when they happen and, ultimately, to

recover from their aftermath.

•  The program brings together the best minds from all levels of government,

industry, academia, and response and emergency management agencies in

emergency and security planning/operations

•  During Mr. Socha’s time with DND he will be replaced by Deputy Chief John

O’Donnell who takes on, immediately, all the responsibilities and authorities as

Chief of the Hastings Quinte EMS.

•  Mr. O’Donnell is currently the Deputy Chief of Operations and has 36 years of

paramedic experience.

For more information contact:

Rick Phillips, Warden

(613) 966-1319


Jim Pine, CAO


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8 Hastings Heritage Way, P.O. Box 790
Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0

Phone: (613) 332-3331
Fax: (613) 332-0384

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