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New Commissioner

City of Waterloo hires new commissioner of community services

Waterloo - The City of Waterloo announce Mark Dykstra as the new commissioner of community services starting January 18, 2016. A seasoned corporate professional with more than 20 years of private sector and municipal/provincial government experience, Dykstra will join the city’s corporate management team from the Niagara Parks Commission (NPC), where he holds the position of senior director of parks, planning and properties. Within this role, he is responsible for strategic direction and leadership for the master planning, property management and delivery of world-renowned parks, botanic gardens, natural lands, marinas, recreation and historic attractions/programs, the School of Horticulture, and the Butterfly Conservatory.

Prior to working at the NPC, Dykstra worked at the City of Waterloo for 11 years in the roles of director of environment and parks and the director of transportation.

Dykstra is a licensed professional landscape architect and holds a masters certificate in municipal leadership. He has held a number of positions with professional organizations including a board member of the Ontario Parks Association and participation with the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association.

Mark Dykstra will begin his role with the city on January 18, 2016 and will oversee service delivery in divisions including fire rescue, municipal enforcement, environment and parks, recreation and facilities, and community programming and outreach.

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