Academic award for TLTI official

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Leeds and the Thousand Islands administrator Kim Goodman is the recipient of the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario's (AMCTO) provincial Academic Excellence Award.

Goodman started out as a coordinator, and over time worked her way up to manager of business and community services for the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands.

"On behalf of AMCTO, I am extremely pleased to announce that Kim Goodman has achieved the highest cumulative grade for this past year upon graduating from the Executive Diploma in Municipal Management, and as a result, is this year's recipient of AMCTO's Academic Excellence Award for this diploma," AMCTO president Dean Sauriol wrote in a letter to the township's mayor and council.

According to the AMCTO website, the course is the most comprehensive career development program specifically designed for municipal managers.

"This course is very tailored to municipal issues and improving municipal management skills," said Stephen Donachey, the township's chief administrative officer.

Goodman, who participated in and completed the course while still on the job, said she wasn't expecting the award.

"I have to admit, it came as a bit of a surprise, but a welcome surprise," she said.

"I'm so fortunate to be in this position, and with courses like this it makes me more effective and better at what I do."

The year-long course is offered across the province in small groups of about 20 to 25 people, said Goodman.

Much of the course is taught online and requires participants to complete projects and sit exams.

"It was really, really nice to see that letter from AMCTO commending director Goodman. I really do believe that we now have a senior management team to rival any within the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, let alone Eastern Ontario," said Mayor Corinna Smith-Gatcke.

Heddy Sorour, Local Journalism Initiative, Brockville Recorder and Times