Territory Without Municipal Organization Elections 2022

The Territory Without Municipal Organization (TWOMO) Elections will be held on October 24, 2022.

The Kenora District Services Board is responsible for administering its local Territory Without Municipal Organization Elections.

The Kenora District has 4 spaces that represent the TWOMO area:

  • 1 member represents area 12: Lac Seul Electoral Area
  • 1 member represents area 13: Oxdrift Electoral Area
  • 1 member represents area 14: Lake of the Woods North Electoral Area
  • 1 member represents area 15: Lake of the Woods South Electoral Area

Get To Know the Candidates

All candidates were given the opportunity to submit a photo and brief biography outlining their priorities for the Kenora District Services Board.

DISCLAIMER: The content of the profiles have not been edited in any way. The view and opinions expressed in the profiles are those of the candidates and do not reflect the position of the Kenora District Services Board.

Candidates for Area 12 – Lac Seul Electoral Area

Mark Sobchuk

My wife and I have been permanent residents in the Lac Seul Electoral Ward for the last 10 years. Prior to that we had a cottage in the ward.  After our retirement we decided to convert our cottage to a permanent residence for our retirement. We chose this area in which to spend our retirement time because of the unique lifestyle that this area offers.

I feel that my residency in the ward, coupled with my experience in government and on the board of directors of the Kenora District Services Board and District of Kenora Unincorporated Residents Association (DoKURA www.dokura.com), provides me with a strong awareness of the challenges that residents in this unincorporated area face.

I have had the privilege of representing the residents of the Lac Seul Electoral Ward on the Kenora District Services Board for the last 8 years. In addition to being a Board member I have held the positions of Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee. Along with the other representatives of the unincorporated wards, I have brought forward the perspectives of residents of unincorporated areas in all of the areas of responsibility mandated for the KDSB. These areas of responsibility include ambulance/paramedic services, early years services and child care, employment and financial services and community housing. A collaborative approach with the municipalities in the area serviced by the KDSB has resulted in a variety of innovative programs that have benefited all residents.

As a member of DoKURA board of directors I have participated in consultation and advocacy efforts related to improving internet and cell phone service, keeping provincial land tax increases reasonable, improving access to paramedic ambulance services, keeping hydro rates reasonable and, increasing access to roads funding/use of gas tax money,

There are ongoing challenges and issues that can affect residents of unincorporated areas that still need to be addressed including developing a comprehensive voters list for unincorporated areas, proposed increases to the provincial land tax, improving medical services and improving access to seniors housing.  I remain committed to representing the interests of residents of the Lac Seul Electoral Ward.

Roderick Bergman

Hello my name is Rod Bergman.

I am interested in being on the board of directors for Kenora District Services Board.

I have lived in the Ear Falls Perrault Falls area for 50 years of my life.  After I retired I moved to Kenora but kept my summer residence in Perrault Falls were I reside 6 months and spend the winter in Kenora.

I was involved in the construction industry in Northwester Ontario for

45 years.  This resulted in my working and traveling to every community in the area including many in the far north.

I have been following the works of Kenora District Services Board for many years.  I find on the whole they are doing a good job but I have noticed that some areas are lacking.  I feel if elected I would be a team player and work to address the needs in areas that are lacking.

Thank you for your possible Support

Candidates for Area 13 – Oxdrift Electoral Area

Ed Murray

I have been a resident of the Township of Wainwright most of my life. As I am retired and worked most of the time in the Kenora District, and enjoy the area, I wish to continue represent you for the Oxdrift unorganized area. At present I am on the KDSB Board as Director, and sit on Governance and Audit committees. I am also on the Kenora Unincorporated Residents Association. Oxdrift Service Board. Life member of the Royal Canadian Legion and being on various committees there. And Past chairman of the Canadian Blood Services for Dryden area.

I wish to keep bringing forward the perspectives of the residents in all of the unincorporated and incorporated wards in the KDSB area. Those responsibilities include ambulance services, child care, family housing, and financial services. Working for the betterment of everyone in the Kenora District.

Working with the DoKURA board on such things as hydro rates, ambulance/paramedic services, road funding and use of gas tax money, provincial land taxes, internet and cell-phone service.

I am committed to representing the Oxdrift ward, bringing forward your concerns and working towards improvements for the betterment of our area.

Laurel Huffman

Hi, my name is Laurie Huffman, and I am running for a seat on the KDSB. I am a long-time resident of the area except for a few years when I thought it would be better to live in the city when I was younger.

I have been involved in many different committees and clubs during the years.  My husband and I were self-employed for 10 years owning and running the store that was located at the junction of Hwy. 594 and Hwy. 17.  I have been part of Machin council twice in the past years.  Currently, I am the chair of the local roads board in Mutrie (Waldhof).  I am very interested in what is happening in our area and I feel that I would make a good addition to the KDSB. It would be nice to see more opportunities developed for the area to bring new businesses and residents to our piece of paradise.

So, I hope you would consider me for the seat on the KDSB.

Candidates for Area 14 – Lake of the Woods North Electoral Area

Barry Baltessen


Bio coming soon.

Candidates for Area 15 – Lake of the Woods South Electoral Area

Dennis Wallace

Dennis grew up in Kenora and then worked from sea to sea to sea in his career.

He was at the deputy minister level in the government of Canada for five years, served ten years as an assistant deputy minister and he operated his own consulting company for ten years. In his government positions he was responsible for regional economic development, grain inspection and weighing and led pension and health care benefits delivery to veterans across Canada. The latter included a 640 bed hospital in Montreal.

As a consultant, Mr. Wallace was the chief federal negotiator on a comprehensive claim, worked on northern power and road projects, served as a mediator on a claim that was at the stage of litigation and carried out several other contracts across Canada.

He has served on many boards including that of Lakehead University, Confederation College (chair for two years), the Last Post Fund (Montreal), Canadian International Grains Institute, United Way Cabinet – Winnipeg, Winnipeg Symphony and the Muse in Kenora.

Dennis helped form then was Chair of the Lake of the Woods Development Commission in Kenora for six years.

He is Chair of the Keeman Local Services Board and is a Director of the Kenricia Road Board.

Mr. Wallace has a Master’s Degree in Business from Western, a Degree in Political Science from Lakehead University and a diploma in Business Administration from Lakehead University.

KDSB Priorities

Residents of the KDSB area deserve a quality of life equal to other Ontario residents.  This includes access to employment, health care, housing and social support.  My interest is to ensure that residents have full and equal access to these services and we have an economy that provides good jobs and security. In addition, governance must be financially prudent, ethical and ensure that services are delivered well.

Robert Kitowski

Photo and bio coming soon.

Nomination period for the Territory Without Municipal Organization (TWOMO) Elections has now closed.
The deadline to accept Nominations was August 19, 2022, by 2:00 pm.


TWOMO Election Resource Guide – Fall 2022

Voter Information

Voting will take place using a Vote-By-Mail system.

Voting kits will be mailed out to eligible voters on September 26, 2022.

All persons who are entitled to vote but who do not receive a Ballot are required to register in person with KDSB Returning Officer, Corrine Owen, at 20 King Street, Dryden, ON, (during regular business hours).

If persons who are entitled to vote but who do not receive a Ballot on or after Monday, October 3, 2022, that reside in the Kenora area, please email elections@kdsb.on.ca to set up an appointment as needed to register.

Proof of eligibility, including proof of qualifying address, will be required.


Completed ballots can be returned:

  • via Postage Paid Return envelope included with the Vote-By-Mail kit PRIOR TO October 13, or
  • dropped off in person at the main administration office at 20 King Street in Dryden, ON, between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, Monday, October 17 up to and including Monday, October 24 (closed on weekends).
  • dropped off in person at our satellite offices at 120 Matheson Street in Kenora, 210 Howey Street in Red Lake, or 64 King Street in Sioux Lookout between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, Monday, October 17 up to and including Thursday, October 20 (closed on weekends).

When you receive your vote by mail kit, it will have:


  • voting instructions and declaration form
  • a ballot
  • a white ballot secrecy envelope
  • a yellow return envelope with prepaid postage

To properly cast your ballot by mail, please complete these steps in order:

  1. Mark your ballot by following the instructions;
  2. Place your ballot in the secrecy envelope and seal it;
  3. Complete and sign your voter declaration form. You must SIGN the voter declaration form for your vote to be counted;
  4. Place the secrecy envelope and the voter declaration form in the yellow return envelope. Ensure that the mailing address is visible through the window of the yellow return envelope prior to sealing.

If you have more than one person in your household voting by mail, they must each complete their own vote by mail kit. Do not place multiple ballots in one return envelope.

Mail or Deliver Your Ballot

You can deliver your vote using one of the following options:

  1. Send your vote by mail by using Canada Post as you would any other item of regular mail. Postage is prepaid and additional postage is not required. We strongly advise that you mail your ballot by October 13 so that it is received in time. Ballots received after October 24 will not be counted.
  2. AFTER OCTOBER 13, Drop off your return envelope at your nearest drop location:
    1. October 17 – October 24 (closed on weekends) at the main administration office 20 King Street in Dryden between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm
    2. October 17 – October 20 at our satellite offices between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm
      • 120 Matheson Street in Kenora
      • 210 Howey Street in Red Lake
      • 64 King Street in Sioux Lookout