Member Service Award Winners
Member Service Awards recognize extraordinary service and significant contribution to the Institute by OPPI’s volunteer leadership.
Nominations may be submitted by District Chairs on behalf of District Leadership Teams and/or Nominations-at-large signed by two members in good standing (other than the nominee).
To make a nomination, read the Member Service Award Criteria and then submit the Nomination Form. Only applicatiions received through the nomination form will be considered. The deadline for completed nomination forms is June 1.
OPPI would like to congratulate the 2018 Member Service Award winners for their contribution to their local District and to the Institute as a member of OPPI. To learn more about our winners, please click on their images below:
Charles Lanktree, RPP
Charles Lanktree has been significantly involved with OPPI at different levels over the years, and has tirelessly provided his ongoing support to the Institute. Charles served as a member of the Eastern District executive for many years, and volunteered for several OPPI Committees and Task Forces - Professional Standards and Regulations, Registration, Membership and Planning for the Future Task Force. In addition, Charles served on OPPI Council as Director of Membership Services. For many years, Charles was also involved on the Exam A Working Group and as an examiner.
Charles is now a retired member of OPPI, and he was a former Planner at the City of Ottawa for the majority of his career.
Leslie McEachern, RPP
Leslie McEachern has been actively engaged in OPPI for many years and has significantly contributed to the Institute. From 2008 to 2013, Leslie served on OPPI's Policy Development Committee as the Northern District representative. She is also a valued past member of the Northern District Leadership Team and served as Chair form 2014 to 2016. During this time, Leslie was instrumental in implementing the successful CPL Northern District Lunch and Learn series. She is credited with bringing this concept of CPL to all OPPI Districts. In addition, Leslie has taken the time to mentor new, young planning professionals who practice in Northern Ontario.
Leslie was instrumental in 2015 when the Ontario Planning Journal focused on planning in the north. While it was intended to connect planners throughout the province with their northern colleagues, it also served to strengthen connections among planners in the north like never before. Leslie co-ordinated all the submissions for that Journal edition, as well as contributed, and proved that notwithstanding vast distances, planners do work collaboratively together.
Leslie McEachern is the Director of Planning Services for the City of Thunder Bay.
Nancy Mott, RPP
Nancy Mott has been an active member in the OPPI for some time starting as a student member (1983-1984) and having full standing since Febraury of 1995. Ms. Mott has acted has a mentor for a number of candidate members throughout the years. She is currently finishing up a mentorship with a colleague and has another individual ready to mentor upon completion.
Nancy is a vocal advocate of the OPPI, its importance to the planning professional in Ontario, and the benefits it provides to practicing and aspiring planners. She is responsible for having a number of planners she works with gain membership through her advocacy of OPPI and is steadfast in upholding the core values and ethics embodied by the Institute.
Over the years Ms. Mott has participated in a number of OPPI related conferences and talks; most recently she spoke as part of a panel at the OPPI Conference that took place in Hamilton that focused on providing career advice to students and recent graduates. She was also part of a focus group regarding the development of a professional course on Change Management and Succession Planning.
Kelly Weste, RPP
Kelly Weste has worked in the planning profession since 2000, and has held positions with the Township of Georgian Bay, the Township of Tiny, Lower Trent Conservation and now the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in Peterborough as a Municipal Planning Advisor. In Kelly’s current role, she has worked on various policy development initiatives including the Provincial Policy Statement 2014, Coordinated Plan Review and the Wildland Fire Reference Manual.
In addition to Kelly’s professional experience she is a RPP and has been involved in OPPI leadership for almost a decade. She’s been the Lakeland District Chair and Vice-Chair, and continues on in the capacity of a member of the District Leadership Team (DLT) and as the programming lead in Lakelands East. Throughout her continuous years of work on the DLT, Kelly has coordinated many fantastic initiatives for the District, such as: Jane’s Walks, 8 Ball Challenge, Source Water Protection, World Town Planning Day and Asset Management.
Kelly is a role model and mentor to young planners. She believes in lifelong learning and engagement in her community. She contributes volunteer time to various organizations, including being a volunteer fitness instructor at the YMCA of Central East Ontario.
Darryl Young, RPP
Darryl Young has been a member of the OPPI Transportation Working Group since 2010, and was appointed its Chair in 2013. He has played an integral role in drafting a number of transportation, land use planning and health-related policy responses on behalf of OPPI. This work has required coordinating knowledge and expertise from planners across Ontario to provide messaging with a focus on achieving actionable outcomes. This work benefits the planning profession and public as well as raising the profile of the Institute at the provincial level.
Darryl has also contributed to OPPI publications including "Planning and Implementing Active Transportation in Ontario Communities and Implementing - A Call to Action". The OPPI Journal article "TDM and the Land Development process" highlighted the need for intervention of sustainable transportation infrastructure and processes in an increasingly urban and mobile population. He has also made presentations on cycling and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) as well as transportation planning on the environment.
Christine Thompson (Posthumous)
Jeff Celentano initiated the member “Service Awards” for 1994.
Prior to 1994 "Volunteer Service" awards were given out to recognize volunteers who had made significant contributions with OPPI and the planning profession.