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Front Row: Deputy Mayor Sherry Senis, Mayor Mary Smith Back Row: Ennismore Councillor Donna Ballantyne, Smith Councillor Gerry Herron, Lakefield Councillor Anita Locke photo provided by Terry McQuitty, Lakefield Herald
The Township of Selwyn is a lower tier municipality governed by a 5 member Council comprised of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and three Councillors who represent the wards of Smith, Ennismore, and Lakefield. Selwyn is a part of the upper tier County of Peterborough with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor representing the Township on the County of Peterborough Council.
Council members serve for a four year term of office. As part of their role as a Councillor, members also serve on a variety of Committees that support municipal operations including: Committee of Adjustment, Accessibility Advisory Committee, Library Board, Otonabee Region Conservation Authority, Police Services Board, Heritage Committee, Trails Development Committee and the Ad-Hoc Economic Development Committee.
Council meetings are open to the public. Anyone wishing to make a presentation to Council may do so by providing the Clerk with a request in writing not less than 6 days prior to the Council meeting. The written notice must contain a clear statement of what issue or matters are to be dealt with at Council and signed by the author.
Please contact the Clerk's Department at 705-292-9507 if you require further information.
Piper Helen Batten leads the 2015-2018 Selwyn Township Councillors into the Council Chambers for the swearing in ceremony of the newly elected officials.
Mary Smith, Mayor
81 Ermatinger Street, P.O. Box 247 Lakefield, Ontario K0L 2H0 Tel: 705-652-0784 email Mary Smith
Mary Smith was elected to the position of Mayor of the Township of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield (now called the Township of Selwyn) in 2010 and again in 2014. Mary was also appointed as the Deputy Warden for the County of Peterborough in 2017.
Her municipal career began in 1998, when she was acclaimed as Deputy Reeve of the Village of Lakefield and automatically became a Councillor for the County of Peterborough. Elected Lakefield Ward Councillor for the new Township of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield in 2000, Mary served two terms in that position. In 2006, she was elected Deputy Reeve for the Township of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield.
From 2001-2014, she served on the Peterborough Lakefield Police Services Board, serving as Chairperson for 2013 and 2014. She serves as chairperson of the Peterborough Public Health Board, is on the Warden's Advisory Committee and the Joint Services Steering Committee.
A strong advocate on environmental issues and knowing the importance of clean water to our quality of life, Mary was pleased to be the Chairperson of the Municipal Sub-Committee and a member of the Trent Conservation Coalition - Drinking Water Source Protection Committee from 2008 until 2016.
Mary is an appointee from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario on the Board of Directors of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation for Ontario.
Mary believes it is a privilege to be involved in politics! She enjoys meeting people and the many opportunities to learn about the local community.
Mary has deep roots in the Kawarthas, as she grew up on a dairy farm in the former Emily Township and has lived in Lakefield with her husband Al for over 40 years. They proudly raised their 3 children here.
Sherry and her husband Wayne are residents of the Buckhorn Sands area of Smith Ward, and she is the proud mother of two daughters. She is a director of the Buckhorn Sands Ratepayers Association, Chair of the Board of Directors and Trustee for Wesley United Church, and Director of the Buckhorn Community Centre.
With a long history of community involvement, and a background in business, Sherry continues to bring her experience and strong voice to Council meetings. She feels honoured and privileged to represent the Township as Deputy Mayor, after having served two terms as Smith Ward Councillor.
She is the Chair of the Smith- Ennismore Police Services Board, and Vice Chair of the Economic Development and Business Committee as well as Vice Chair of Otonabee Conservation. She acts as liaison for the Township at the board level of the Buckhorn District Tourist Association.
At the County level, Sherry has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, and in addition, acts as Chair of the Waste Management Committee.
She believes in sustainable growth through responsible development and intends to work on creating a healthier business climate which will foster job creation. She is a staunch advocate of open and transparent government and wants to continue annual town hall meetings, the township newsletter, the Council Communicator, and to meet face to face with residents by having walkabouts through the township.
She foresees a council that will direct and initiate - not just react to issues.
Sherry is always available by email or by phone for you to voice concerns, questions, ideas or comments.
As a lifelong resident of Ennismore, Donna is confident that she understands the past, present and future needs of the Township. Donna has lived on the family farm on Robinson Road for 41 years with her husband Rollie. She has spent her life in community service. Donna worked for Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board for over 30 years, dealing primarily with exceptional students. In her spare time she enjoys golfing, reading and loves to travel.
Donna welcomes questions and concerns from the rate payers and would be happy to discuss issues as they arise. Donna prides herself in being accessible to the public and has always strived to help people find answers and/or solutions to their problems and queries. Donna is a Council Representative for both the Library Board and the Trails Advisory Committee. This is Donna's fourth term as the Ennismore Ward Councillor.
Gerry was raised in Peterborough, and has been a resident of Selwyn since 2003, with his wife Nicole and 2 labs, Molly & George.
Gerry is very involved in the betterment of the community as a volunteer. As a member of the Chemung Lake Lions, he is a past President, Zone Chair, Lion of the year and a Helen Keller Award recipient. In 2014, he received the Melvin Jones award. He was a founder of the Bridgenorth Cruise Night, and started the annual Christmas Tree lighting in Lions Park.
Being self-employed at Blue Diamond Window Cleaning, he is acutely aware of the importance that responsible economic development plays in the future of our township. He also understands that growth is important to the sustainability of Selwyn Township. He brings 24 years of business management experience to the council table.
As a member of this community, he feels it is important to listen to our customers, act on their behalf, and most importantly, do what is right for our customers.
Gerry is a Council Representative for the Trails Advisory Committee. He looks forward to working with council and staff, as well as the people of this great community.
Anita Locke, Lakefield Ward Councillor
92 Ermatinger Street Lakefield, Ontario K0L 2H0
Mailing Address: PO BOX 270, Bridgenorth, ON K0L 1H0
Anita Locke was born and raised in Lakefield, and has spent most of her years living in the area. She attended elementary and secondary schools in Lakefield, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trent University (1996).
She has three children -- a son and two daughters -- and five grandchildren (including two step grandchildren). All of her children graduated from Lakefield District Secondary School. Her son and older daughter live and work in the area; her younger daughter is currently attending college.
She and her partner Dail live in Lakefield.
Ms. Locke's employment includes serving her constituents as Lakefield Ward Councillor for the township (elected 2006; acclaimed 2010; re-elected 2014), organist and choir director for Young's Point United Church, and also works part time at a retirement residence in Peterborough.
Her past employment experience includes Administrative Assistant at Hospice Peterborough (Palliative Pain and Symptom Management Program), Office Manager (Kawartha Food Share) and journalist (Lakefield Herald newspaper).
Anita is Advisory Member for the Peterborough Police Services Board and Council representative on both the Heritage Committee and the Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee. She is actively involved in her community, sitting as a member of the Lakefield Legion Br. 77 Executive and doing other volunteer work for the Branch. She was also a member of the initial Steering Committee for the Lakefield Farmers' Market, and has volunteered with other community organizations.