Wally Dingman is named OARA's member of the year

Markham, Ontario – March 28, 2018 -- After fifteen years on the OARA board and eleven as the chair, Wally Dingman announced he would be stepping down late last year.

To celebrate Wally's years of dedication, he was presented with the OARA member of the year award from executive director Steve Fletcher and current chair Greg Woodbeck of Woodbeck Auto Parts.

"I don't want to speak for Wally, but I am sure he would agree that his work promoting and implementing EASR is one of his greatest accomplishments on the board," said Woodbeck. "Wally's presence on the board will be missed."

“It was, by far, the most important initiative during my tenure,” Dingman said during an interview after the ceremony. “I will continue to be involved in talks with the government over the next two years.”

While Dingman may be stepping away from OARA, he is happy to see that younger members, like Woodbeck and newly appointed board member Darryl Pittman of P&G Auto in North Bay, are interested in becoming involved.

“It is great to see that a new generation is stepping up to the plate,” says the 51-year-old Dingman, joking that, “I looked that young when I joined.”

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