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September 8, 2010
City commemorates John Niedra with a plaque in the Kennedy Margdon Parkette
Toronto Mayor David Miller, Alex Ling, Co-chair of Bloor West Village BIA, and representatives of the City of Toronto joined members of the Niedra family and the community last night to honour the many contributions of John Niedra. His dedication to Bloor West Village and the City of Toronto was commemorated with a plaque unveiling at the Kennedy Margdon Parkette (behind Runnymede Library). His daughter, Elizabeth Niedra, spoke on behalf of the family.

John Niedra, former Director in Transportation Infrastructure Management and then the Director of Etobicoke-York District for the City of Toronto, started his career in 1983 as a civil engineer with the Works Department in the former City of Toronto. In his role as Director of Transportation Services, he transformed St. George Street through the St. George Revitalization project, probably the first of its kind in the city.

"John was well-known and highly-respected for tackling the most complex and sensitive issues with incredible skill and professionalism," said Mayor David Miller. "Residents in this community, and across the city, will benefit from his ability to see the big picture and to think long term for decades to come."

The former Chair of the Ontario Good Roads Association, John Niedra was also an active member of the Transportation Association of Canada, the Ontario Public Works Association and both the Canadian and American Public Works Associations.

Within his own community, Mr. Niedra was a dynamic member of the Latvian-Canadian community and St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, and he worked closely with the Bloor West Village BIA on the Roads and Sidewalk Improvement Project that revitalized that area.

"John was a terrific person with a big heart for the community," said Alex Ling, Co-Chair of Bloor West Village Business Improvement Association (BIA).

John Niedra passed away suddenly on October 27, 2009.

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