A Timmins councillor has earned a provincial association's highest honour.
Andrew Marks was presented the Alex Ling Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) annual conference held April 24-27, 2022 in Niagara Falls.
"This award is the highest honour that can be bestowed by the OBIAA, and is awarded annually to someone who has been involved in the growth of the BIA organization locally and provincially, and is a strong advocate for the small businesses that form a BIA," said Downtown Timmins BIA executive director Cindy Campbell.
"Coun. Marks began working for a small retail store in 1987 in Downtown Timmins and became an elected member business representative on the Downtown Timmins Board of Management. Upon election to city council, he has an appointed representative on the Downtown Timmins Board of Management by the City of Timmins for over 20 years, and has been a provincially elected member of the OBIAA Board of Management since 2012 representing Timmins and the northern BIAs.
"Coun. Marks is passionate about small business success and has dedicated his political career to ensuring that BIAs are a strong advocate voice at the municipal and provincial level."
Last October, Marks was also awarded the Downtown Timmins BIA's first-ever award of distinction for his 35 years of support.