WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27/10



Aylmer –   The Aylmer Police Services Board announced Friday that  Deputy Chief Andre Reymer will replace Chief Bil Segui when he retires on January 1st. Chief Segui announced his retirement earlier this month. The Deputy Chief has 22 years of policing experience with the last 10 as Deputy Chief.  The Deputy Chief position would not be replaced in 2011 with other management strategies being discussed.

Deputy Chief  Reymer was born  in the Netherlands, the eldest of 3 brothers. His family immigrated to Canada in 1971 and still farms in Woodham, Ontario.  He attended secondary school in Exeter and then completed post secondary at Fanshawe College  graduating from the Law and Security program . With some family and friends in the Aylmer area he applied to a recruit position here and  was hired at the age 21.  RudyGheysen was Chief of Police and then Constable Bil Segui was assigned as his coach officer. The police service consisted of 9 officers and two civilians. He became Police Association President in 1992. In 1996 he was promoted to Sergeant after Bil Segui was promoted to Chief. In 2000 he replaced Wayne Lamoure as Deputy Chief.  He resides in Aylmer, has been married 18 years to his wife Chris and they have two teenage sons. (Only Sgt. Michael Knight has been with Aylmer Police longer – 23 years)


Aylmer – Police Chief Bil Segui, who announced his retirement recently , effective January 1st, 2011,  was raised in Mt. Salem and attended EESS. He was the son of Francisco Louis and Oral Segui and he had two older brothers who also went into policing. He was hired with in Aylmer  in 1975 when the force consisted of Chief Reg Armstrong and 5 other officers – there are now 13 officers. In 1990 he became Sergeant and in 1996 Chief. He had served under Chiefs Rudy Gheysen and Bill Kavanagh.  He is married to wife Betty and they have two sons.


Aylmer – Mayor Bob Habkirk hinted at last week’s Council meeting that the town may soon join other municipalities in setting up a recycling and depot program of their own. He made the suggestion just after the  St Pauls United Church Club 7 group made a special presentation to Council on their paper recycling efforts which have been going on here for over sixty years. There was no mention of what future Club 7 might have in the new venture. Club 7 advisor Keith Hunt told AylmerNews that the Club has been saving Aylmer taxpayers a considerable sum with their paper program even though he believes only about 20% of paper is being recycled in town. The Club, with ten paper drives yearly (including this Saturday) sells to Therm-O-Comfort in St.Thomas, earning about $70 a ton currently. Their collection total slipped somewhat last year from averaging 120 tons yearly to 80 tons with the loss of one major supplier. The Club uses their earnings mostly for both local and international charitable causes.


(This info is provided by Shelley Olivier, YWCA Manager of Education, Employment)

“The program has been running in Aylmer for over 10 years providing learners the opportunity to develop their goals, employment skills, and access community services. Our dedicated facilitators and volunteers provide training in Essential Skills, Goal Setting, Numeracy, Computer, and English Skills. We provide a variety of programs in Aylmer, St. Thomas, and West Lorne. Our Aylmer office currently has a wait list as does our St. Thomas site, and we are limited by our capacity at this time. We offer services to a wide range of clients and have seen many trends over the years. We certainly are seeing more laid off workers this year and expect this trend to continue. We offer continuous entry, childcare and transportation subsidies, and flexible training programs geared to our learner’s needs. We have classes Monday to Thursday from 9 – 2:30 from September to June. Since we are funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, all of our programs are free to the learner. Cheryl Van Raes is the lead instructor in Aylmer. (Aylmer office 519-765-2082)”


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