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Bob Gale - Chair of the Board

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Regional Councillor Bob Gale is serving his first term on Regional Council.  Born in St. Catharines, raised in Niagara Falls, and living in Niagara-on-the-Lake has made him a well-rounded Regional citizen.  In the 1970's, Councillor Gale was a Niagara Regional Police Officer and was the 1978 Police Officer of the Year, including being awarded the Medal of Merit.  For over 30 years he owned and operated Gale's Gas Bars Limited.  His daughter has now taken over control and ownership of the company.  Over the years he has been a baseball and hockey coach; a Big Brother and made countless commitments to help the less fortunate.

Councillor Gale has spearheaded the Gale family's involvement in many volunteer and philanthropic endeavors to benefit the community, including the renovation of the Greater Niagara General Hospital emergency room; the construction of the "Gale Centre"; and the first and largest private donation to the new Niagara Falls Museum.  Councillor Gale has also donated time to various organizations.  He has served on several boards including the YMCA, Big Brothers, Niagara Falls High School Advisory Board, as President of the Boys and Girls Club (and still an honourary member), and a previous Charter Member of the Niagara Falls Sunrise Rotary.

He has been the recipient of the prestigious Canadian Red Cross Power of Humanity Award 2006 and the Paul Harris Award for his Rotarian efforts, in addition to many others.  Through his world-wide travels Councillor Gale has also helped the less fortunate in other areas of the world - most notably, with a friend, financing a school and reservoir being built in southern Kenya for a Masaii tribe. 

He is known for fighting for fairness as a past Niagara Parks Commissioner and credited with saving provincial taxpayers up to $300 million when the lease for the Maid of the Mist was fairly tendered out.  As a result, he was asked to be an Advisory on a National Watchdog Group over Government waste.  Councillor Gale is married to his wife Vera with three children and four grandchildren.