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Vaughan City Clerk Honoured with 2015 AMCTO Prestige Award
June 18, 2015

Jeffrey Abrams, City Clerk for the City of Vaughan, is the recipient of the 2015 Prestige Award from AMCTO (the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario). Mr. Abrams was presented with the Award at AMCTO's 77th Annual Conference held in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

AMCTO is the largest municipal professional association in Ontario. AMCTO presents the Prestige Award annually to a member in recognition of a career of outstanding commitment to the ideals of the Association, and to endeavours which raise the profile of the municipal profession.

One of the most respected voices in the municipal profession today, Jeff Abrams is frequently sought out for his expertise and insight on a range of issues. Abrams has spent his entire career in public service, beginning as a municipal lawyer at Metro/City of Toronto, and then moving on to the Municipal Clerk's role. He has served AMCTO in a variety of volunteer capacities, sharing his expertise and knowledge as a Committee Chair and member; as a conference and seminar speaker; and as a program facilitator.

A great passion and focus for Jeff is mentoring young people. Through AMCTO's Municipal Management Internship Program, he has mentored three new graduates over the past three years. He is also an informal mentor to many fellow municipal professionals and, in particular, to young people starting out in the profession. He unhesitatingly offers support to anyone who calls upon him.

Abrams has also served in a number of other volunteer capacities. He currently serves on the Seneca College Public Administration Graduate Certificate Program Advisory Committee, is Vice-Chair of the Board for OMEX, and previously served as Chair of the Municipal Education and Research Foundation. Abrams also attained a black belt in karate and taught karate skills at his club. Jeff is currently a member and active volunteer at the Toronto Cricket and Skating Club.

Said Vaughan Mayor, Maurizio Bevilacqua, P.C.: "The City of Vaughan is proud to learn that Jeffrey Abrams, Vaughan's City Clerk, is this year's recipient of the AMCTO Prestige Award. It is worthy recognition of someone who has dedicated 30 years of his life to public service. Since joining the City in 2008, he has proven himself as a leader who embodies the qualities of integrity and professionalism. He has been a mentor to staff as well as fellow municipal professionals and young people considering a career in government. On behalf of all City of Vaughan residents, I offer my sincere congratulations to Jeffrey Abrams, on receiving this prestigious honour."