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Mayor Doug Lawrance

Mayor Doug Lawrance

Doug was born in Scotland in 1950 and came to Canada with his family in 1957. The family lived in Montreal where Doug spent his elementary schooling and first year of high school. In 1964 the family moved to Thunder Bay where Doug completed high school and then attended Lakehead University taking a BA in psychology and sociology. While at Lakehead, Doug met his future wife, Cherry, who was taking a BSc in Nursing.  Following marriage in 1972, Doug and Cherry moved to Toronto and lived there while Doug earned a diploma in engineering technology at Ryerson and Cherry worked at Women's College Hospital. Doug and Cherry worked in St. Lucia and then Mocambique from 1975 to 1981. Doug worked on water supply and road construction projects. In 1981 now with daughter Jennifer, the family moved to Smithers, British Columbia. Doug worked one year for the Municipal Engineering Department and one year with the Province on forestry roads. In 1983 Doug returned to Lakehead University to complete an engineering degree. On graduation in 1985, Doug was pointed to an opportunity with a new engineering firm in Sioux Lookout and moved here to start a career with Keewatin-Aski Ltd. By 1986, the family, with daughter Jennifer and two sons Keith and Robbie, were settled into Sioux Lookout.

For most of the next twenty-five years Doug managed a successful small engineering and architectural business while undertaking planning, design, and construction phases of building and municipal projects throughout Northwestern Ontario. The client base included regional Municipalities, First Nations, Provincial and Federal agencies, and private clients. Following retirement from Keewatin-Aski Ltd. in 2010, Doug has worked as an independent Project Manager primarily at the Meno-ya-win Health Centre. From March 2011, Doug managed the completion stage of the hospital project while undertaking other assignments for the Health Centre including the preliminary planning phase of a 96-bed long term care facility for Sioux Lookout. 

During the years his sons grew up playing hockey, Doug was very involved in both in coaching and the hockey executive. As well as volunteering in various sports and recreational activities, Doug has sat on various Municipal Committees and is currently a Director of the Meno-ya-win Health Centre Foundation, a fund-raising arm of the Meno-ya-win Health Centre.

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