COVID-19 restrictions forced staff with the City of Dryden to switch gears earlier this week, but leadership at City Hall says the move was a success.

Dryden was the host of this year’s Kenora District Municipal Association Annual General Meeting, which brings leadership from nine northwestern Ontario municipalities together to discuss concerns and issues they’re facing in their home communities.

In a Council meeting earlier this week, Dryden’s Chief Administrative Officer, Roger Nesbitt, says the City was forced to make a last-minute decision and switch the event from in-person to virtual, due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions – but it was still a successful event.

“The conference was fantastic,” said Nesbitt. “It was well-planned, well-organized and well-executed by city staff. I really want to thank our Clerk, Allyson Euler, and the team and the administration department for all of the hard work that they put into that successful conference.”

Speakers at the 2022 AGM included the Kenora District Services Board, the Northwestern Health Unit, Pinecrest Home for the Aged, Kenora MP Eric Melillo and more. Melillo has said many of the discussions at the event surrounded healthcare and housing in the north.

KDMA’s Annual General Meeting took place virtually on January 20. The first annual conference took place in 1976.

KDMA represents Kenora, Dryden, Machin, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, Ear Falls, Ignace, Pickle Lake and Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls. The association is led by KDMA President and Ear Falls Mayor Kevin Kahoot, with Red Lake Mayor Fred Mota and Machin Mayor Gord Griffiths each serving as Vice-Presidents.