Township of Oro-Medonte 2018-2022 Council
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After the unfortunate passing of Ward 2 Councillor Scott Macpherson and Deputy Mayor Scott Jermey in November 2019, Township Council was required by legislation to declare both Council seats vacant; this decision was made at the
November 27, 2019 Council meeting. Following legislative requirements, both vacancies were required to be filled within 60 days (January 24, 2020).
December 11, 2019 meeting, Council directed that the vacant positions be filled through appointment. Subsequently, at the
December 18, 2019 meeting, Council directed that the runners up from the 2018 election, Ralph Hough for Deputy Mayor and Tammy DeSousa for Ward 2 Councillor, be appointed for the remainder of the 2022 Council term.
Existing Township Council and staff welcome Mr. Hough and Ms. DeSousa to the Oro-Medonte team and we look forward to working together starting in January 2020.
Harry Hughes is honoured to continue to serve as Mayor for the Township of Oro-Medonte for a fourth consecutive term. In addition, Mayor Hughes served as Deputy Warden for the County of Simcoe for four years. He Chaired the County of Simcoe Audit Committee, and served as the County Council representative to Georgian College, Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital and RVH, as well as serving on a number of Provincial committees including Lake Simcoe Protection. He has also been the Chair of Governance Committees for two multimillion-dollar corporations and the founding member of a local service club.
A former school principal, Mayor Hughes holds a Masters degree in Measurement and Evaluation from the University of Toronto, and bachelors degrees from Laurier University. He has extensive mediation expertise as demonstrated through his experience as a Superior Court Mediator and Supervisory Officer.
Mayor Hughes has a strong interest in healthcare holding previous Board positions with RVH and Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital. He is actively engaged with the provincially funded Nurse Practitioner Clinic located in Oro-Medonte.
Mayor Hughes has volunteered his time extensively by coaching a variety of sports teams (hockey, ringette, baseball) who achieved Provincial Championship level and was named Oro-Medonte Coach of the Year. He is also an inductee to the Ringette Hall of Fame. Mayor Hughes has also volunteered with the Youth Justice Committee.
Mayor Hughes is proud to have led the team that ensured the integrity of the African Church in Oro-Medonte. He is a recipient of the Canada 150 Volunteer Award, along with winning a national award for innovative use of technology.
Mayor Hughes and his wife Loretta have two children and three grandchildren.
Ralph Hough is commencing his 22nd year as a member of Oro-Medonte Council. Ralph served 9 years as Ward 2 Councillor, and 12 years as Deputy Mayor.
Ralph, a retired Inspector with Orillia Police, and his wife Wendy have lived in Oro-Medonte Township since 1984.
During his previous terms on Council, Ralph has served on many committees and has represented the Township on the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport Board, and the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA.) He was elected as the 'Chair' of the SSEA in 2003.
Ralph is very involved in community activities, which include Chair of the Eady Hall Board, and is one of the founding members of The Village Players of Coldwater
He enjoys what little spare time he does have collecting and restoring Messerschmitt micro cars
Ian Veitch has a broad professional background in government, business, and town planning. As a former senior public administrator with the Province of Ontario, he understands how government works this includes over 25 years as an executive in the public, private and not for profit sectors.
Ian's combination of work experiences in both the land-use planning and environmental regulatory areas, combined with experience in real estate, financial services and infrastructure, provide a “balanced" perspective on promoting smart growth.
Ian is a family man and successful business man. He and his wife Lisa have been involved in the Oro-Medonte area for more than half a century, and have lived in Horseshoe Valley for more than 13 years
Ian has a passion for “giving back" to the community in charitable and advocacy roles, including: as Vice President, Planning and Development, for the Horseshoe Valley Property Owners Association (HVPOA); and as Board Chairman and executive board member of the $48 million/year YMCA of Simcoe-Muskoka.
He has a Master's degree from York University in environmental town planning, and a B.Sc. (Hon.) from U. of T. Ian has been a former adjunct professor at U. of T. and lecturer at Ryerson in tourism planning.
Cathy was born in Ontario, and raised later in Newfoundland and Labrador. She studied at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador and the University of Guelph and is currently working toward a Bookkeeping Certificate.
Cathy's employment history includes 15 years at the Agriculture and Agri-foods Branch of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador as a Veterinary Technologist/Coordinator Disease Surveillance.
In a volunteer capacity, Cathy worked with the City of Mount Pearl's municipal Council on a variety of initiatives including creating the city's first Dog Park, and implementation of more economical beautifying enhancements. Cathy participated in the “Walk for MS" for several years and the Arthritis Society's “Joints in Motion" marathon fundraiser.
Cathy enjoys several hobbies including: gardening, traveling, sewing, swimming and exploring trails in the community with her dogs. Cathy and her husband Allan are proud parents to their 8 year old son Elliott. The family shares their home with two beloved dogs and cats.
Shawn was born and raised in Mississauga and moved to Oro-Medonte almost 16 years ago. Since this time, he has resided in Ward 4 with his wife and daughter.
Shawn retired in 2016 having served almost 33 years with a large municipal police service. He retired as a Sergeant and served as an Acting Staff Sergeant for 3 of his last five 5. His professional career has afforded him the opportunity to experience a wide range of sub-professions ranging from Uniform Patrol to Corporate Research. This experience broadened his abilities to not only engage in conflict resolution, but to prepare business cases, monitor and improve policies, manage a large workforce and manage multi-million dollar budgets. During the course of his career he worked in Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Intelligence Services, Operational Planning and Resources, Internal Affairs (Human Rights Investigator) and the Communications (911) Centre.
Shawn has earned his Police Exemplary Service Medal and the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canada. He is a past member of the International & Ontario Association's of Law Enforcement Planners, as well as a member of CISO (Criminal Intelligence Services Ontario).
Shawn earned his Leadership Certificate at the University of Waterloo, as well as his Senior Police Administration Course Certificate from the Canadian Police College. He returned to the Canadian Police College the following 2 years as a Guest instructor and facilitator on that course.
He has volunteered with community events extensively throughout his life, most notably; Track Official – Oro World's Fair; Victim Services; Cops for Cancer; United Way; MS Society and 'non-parent' Goalie Coach.
Randy Greenlaw grew up in Hillsdale, Ontario before attending Trent University where he graduated with an Honors Degree in Business Administration and Policy Studies. For over 25 years, Randy worked for a number of corporate leaders such as Labatt Breweries and Akzo Nobel. Today Randy runs a successful business in Oro-Medonte. Randy's experiences in the corporate and entrepreneurial world have allowed him to develop strong leadership, clear communication and a strong business acumen. These skills will be beneficial to Randy in his role as Ward 5 Councillor.
On a personal note, Randy feels very fortunate and honoured to have the time, passion and life experience to represent Oro-Medonte as Ward 5 Councillor. With an ambitious vision, Randy is positive that great strides can be made in shaping Oro-Medonte into a Township that is increasingly vibrant, innovative, inclusive and sustainable; while maintaining the environment and “small town" closeness and warmth to which we are all accustomed.
Randy, his wife Janet and two children, Jill and Chad feel very fortunate to live, work and play in Oro-Medonte. The progress that previous Councils have achieved, and the future prosperity ahead, is nothing short of exciting.