From the Niagara Falls Review:
After more than a year as chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission, Fay Booker has a new job.
The Burlington accountant and management consultant has been selected by the commission’s search committee as Niagara Parks’ new general manager.
The announcement was made official Thursday.
She fills the vacancy left by long-serving GM John Kernahan, who retired at the end of last year. A search was launched in April to find his replacement.
Janice Thomson, former vice-chairwoman of the Niagara Parks board, has assumed the role of interim chairwoman.
Booker said she is honoured and proud to be the new GM of a “fabulous” and “tremendous” organization.
“I want to have a positive impact. I want to be more involved from an operational level,” she told The Niagara Falls Review Thursday afternoon.
From the Niagara Falls Reporter:
Chalk up a victory for justice and the Niagara Falls Reporter — whose articles on Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) and their secret arrangements with James Glynn, longtime owner of the Maid of the Mist — led to more than the unraveling of his lease.
Last week, four NPC commissioners, including staunch Glynn ally Archie Katzman, were fired by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism. Katzman sat on the board for 40 years. The others were Fred Louws, Italia Gilberti and Ed Werner.
NPC General Manager John Kernahan announced he would retire effective immediately. He had been there 12 years. NPC Business Development Director Joel Noden, Kernahan’s righthand man, was unceremoniously fired from his $130,000 job after 13 years. Prior to that, there was the resignation of NPC Chairman Jim Williams, who was replaced by accountant Fay Booker.
In short, all the architects of the Maid of the Mist secret lease arrangements are gone at the NPC.