Sarnia City Council Members
Contact Information and Bios
Left to Right (Front Row): Councillor Dave Boushy, Councillor Cindy Scholten, Councillor Bev MacDougall, Mayor Mike Bradley, Councillor Anne Marie Gillis, Councillor Andy Bruziewicz, Councillor Mike Kelch.
(Photograph by Lou Sprenger)
City Council consists of the Mayor, four City and County Council members, and four City Council members.
City and County Council members are elected to serve on both the City of Sarnia and Lambton County Councils, along with the Mayor. City Councillors serve on City Council only.
Members of Council are elected by residents to a four-year term of office.
Council Member Contact Information and Biographies
Dave Boushy, City and County Councillor
1413 Lakeshore Road
Sarnia, ON N7S 2M3
Dave Boushy is married with 5 children and has a municipal career spanning some 35 years as a member of city and county council. During those years he served on the majority, if not all civic committees.
In June of 1995 David was elected as member of provincial parliament and served until 1999. During that time he served on almost every provincial government committee and was vice – chair of the standing committee of regulation and private bills.
David returned to Sarnia Council in 2004.
On November 2005 a Long-Standing Service Award was presented to Dave by the Ontario Government for his “over 25 years of Municipal Service and for showing immense leadership and commitment to his community of Sarnia Lambton”.
Andy Bruziewicz, City and County Councillor
Home: 665 Stonecrest Avenue
Sarnia, ON N7V 2K3 Business: P.O. Box 2373
Sarnia, ON N7T 7S6
Andy Bruziewicz was born August, 8, 1953 in Pinczow, Poland and has resided in Sarnia since October 1974. Councillor Bruziewicz was first elected to City Council in November 1994, and was re-elected in 1997, 2003, 2006, 2010, and 2014. He was first elected to County Council in 2014.
- Board of Directors St. Clair Region Conservation Authority – 1999-2013, served as Chair 2010-2013
- Corporate Director, Nordex Explosives Ltd, Kirkland Lake, ON, 2010-2012
- Served on most City Committees including: Sarnia Transit, Police Commission, Environmental Advisory Committee, Heritage Committee, Accessibility Committee, Accessibility Committee, Lambton Area Water Supply System
- Board of Directors, Sarnia Power Corporation, 2000-2003
- Finance Committee, Municipal Electric Association, 1988-1991
- Former Chair, Sarnia Hydro Electric Commission. Served on Sarnia Hydro Board 1986-1991
- Former Employee, Research Department, Imperial Oil
- Graduate, University of Western Ontario and of Lambton College
- Member, Port Huron Chess Club Hall of Fame
Anne Marie Gillis, City and County Councillor
Born and raised in the Maritimes, Anne Marie moved with her family to Sault Ste. Marie where she attended and graduated from Sault College, Health Sciences Division, with Honours. She worked in the CCU unit of the General Hospital as a Registered Nurse in Sault Ste. Marie, moving to Sarnia with her husband in 1976 working as a Private Duty RN. Together they have raised 3 children and are now proud grandparents of 2 little girls.
- Chair of Parent Councils – Lambton R.C. School Board
- Trustee St. Clair Catholic School Board, Special Education Advisory Committee
- South-West Director Ontario Catholic School Trustees Association
- Chair Sarnia Police Service,
- Secretary Zone 6, Ontario Association of Police Services
- Deputy Warden Lambton County
- Presently: City /County Councillor City Sarnia ( 4th term)
- Ontario Director for Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
- Chair: Lambton Community Health Study
- Chair: Adult Enrichment Centre Advisory Committee
- Member: Audit Committee [County of Lambton]
- Past Director :Tourism Sarnia Lambton Board
- Past Chair: Lambton County Committee for Long-Term Care, Corporate Services, Financial Services and Social Services
- Past Director: St. Clair Conservation Authority
- Past Member: Sarnia Heritage Committee
- Past Vice Chair: Bluewater Trails Committee
- Past Member: Lambton Heritage Trails Committee
- Past Member: Lambton Historical Society
- Founding Member: Sarnia Lambton Industrial Alliance
- Past Member: County of Lambton Community Development Corporation,
- Past Member: Building Committee Maxwell Park Place(affordable Housing for Seniors)
Anne Marie serves her Community as Chair and Champion of Communities in Bloom in Sarnia, Sacred Heart Church Music Ministry and formerly as a SMAA Girls Soccer Coach, Board Member of Safe Communities .
Anne Marie is proud to be a City County Councillor and believes and practices the City of Sarnia’s Mission Statement of People Serving People.
Mike Kelch, City Councillor
Councillor Mike Kelch is serving his sixth consecutive term on council after winning his initial victory in the 1997 election, and again in 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010 and 2014. Since his election to council, Mike has served in the following additional capacities: - Steering Committee, Sarnia Business Retention & Expansion Project - Chairman, Tourism Sarnia Lambton Human Resources Committee - Chairman, Tourism Sarnia Lambton Strategic Planning Committee - Board of Directors, Lawrence House Center for the Arts - Board of Directors, Tourism Action Team (TAG) - Board of Directors, Convention and Visitors Bureau - Board of Directors, Tourism Sarnia Lambton - Chairman, Sarnia / Chippewa Band Liaison Committee - General Assembly, Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership - Bluewater Trails Committee - St. Clair Conservation Authority – Board of Directors, and in 2012 was appointed by council to sit on the Sarnia Centennial Legacy Project Committee as council's representative.
Mike also worked full-time as Training and Development Advisor within the Safety, Health & Environment department of Imperial Oil, employed by that company since 1974 and completing 41 years of service as of January 2015. Retirement is planned for May 1/15.
In 1998, Mike established his own “city councillor” website at his own cost, the first such effort ever undertaken by a Sarnia councillor. He closed that site in 2014 to shift his online focus more toward social media sites such as Facebook. In 2000, Mike was named to the Mayor’s Honour Roll for his work with the Business Retention and Expansion Leadership Team. In addition to council and committee work, Mike has donated time and service to the United Way, Huron House, St. Clair Child & Youth Services, the Sacred Heart Parish Council, and the Scouting organization.
Mike married Joy Kinsman in 1973. They have 2 grown children, Stephanie in Edmonton AB and James in St. Thomas. Joy is a retired Registered Nurse and held various nursing positions in local senior - care homes. Her final role was as Director of Care at Twin Lakes Terrace.
Bev MacDougall, City and County Councillor
228 Maria Street
Sarnia, ON N7T 4T1
City/County Councillor Bev MacDougall was first elected to Sarnia and Lambton County councils in 2003. Bev served as Deputy Warden of Lambton County during 2013/14 and was elected as the 156th Warden of Lambton County in December 2014 - a post she will hold as the 4th woman to hold this office for the 2015/16 term.
In her capacity as Warden Bev serves on the boards of the Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership, Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park, Tourism Sarnia/Lambton, CAER, RAIL and Western Warden's Caucus. Towards implementation of the Municipal Cultural Plan for the County of Lambton and growing the 'creative economy of our region, Bev serves in an advisory capacity to SLEP's Creative Industries Project and is Chair of the Creative County Committee that among other activities awards grants to creative initiatives - events, festivals and projects at the grass roots level throughout Lambton County. Bev sits on the Lambton County Regional Trails Committee as a Sarnia Council representative and for the next two years plans to revive local municipal engagement in the Lambton County Tree Legacy Program through her leadership capacity of that initiative.
Underpinning her political service Bev is a passionate community developer - at work in the not for profit sector as Executive Director of the Lochiel Kiwanis Community Centre - providing management oversight but stepping aside from day to day operations during her two year term as Warden. Married with 3 grown children Bev has lived in her 130 year old home in downtown Sarnia for the past 36 years, with deep commitment to her Central Sarnia neighbourhood and the rich diversity that has for all time defined it.
Matt Mitro, City Councillor
607 Rayburne Ave.
Sarnia, ON N7T 7A5
- Sarnia Resident - 42 Years
- Graduated St Pats, University of Waterloo Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Minor Political Science
- Married to the 'Sweetest Woman in World', Pat Tait, Retired JK/SK Teacher
- Two Grown Children; Brendon and Leah Mitro, Two Grown Step Children; Geordie Tait and Melissa Dillon
- Local Business Production/Marketing Manager of Mitro Elevating Devices – 4 Years
- Local Business Owner/Manager of Up-Rite Door Ltd. – 30 Years
- Lambton College Business Professor and Entrepreneurial Trainer,
- Business Planning Coach - 5 Years
- Employer Member Employment Insurance Board of Referees – 2-1/2 Years
- Active Volunteer
- Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce - 30 Years
- Lambton Area Builders Exchange - Founding Member, Former Executive Director - 11 Years
- Sarnia City Committee of Adjustment Member - 10 Years +
- Libro Credit Union Branch Council Member - 5 Years
- WSIB Sarnia Area Safety Groups Member - 3 Years
- County of Lambton Circles Program Mentor - 1 Year
1321 Sweden Street
Sarnia, ON N7V 3V9
Office hours: Scheduled as needed
Cindy Scholten, owner of Scholten Marketing & Communications, successfully won her first time run as a City Councillor on October 27th, 2014. Cindy is known to be the youngest female elected to Sarnia City Council.
Sarnia-born and raised, Cindy graduated on the Deans Honor List at Lambton College for the Human Services Foundations program. She has 20 years combined experience in the Marketing and Communication and Sales & Advertising fields. Having further updated her skills in 2012 and 2013, she completed the “Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring” and “Managing Multiple Projects” programs with Lambton College.
Cindy has successfully marketed programs, services and events generating thousands of dollars in new revenue in the not-for-profit, retail and healthcare sectors. Cindy continues to work with entrepreneurs and businesses to build their brand and increase their bottom line through the use of social media marketing, personal branding workshops and Marketing & Communication Plans.
An International Key Note Speaker, Cindy is known across North America for her innovative marketing and recruitment initiatives. Her efforts have been recognized locally, nationally and internationally. Voted #1 by the peers in her field, Cindy won the Community Marketing Award (for Sarnia-Lambton) among 100 Canadian Healthcare Recruitment/Marketing organizations. Having successfully recruited 12 Family Physicians to Sarnia-Lambton, she has also assisted with the recruitment of several specialists and continues these efforts through freelance work.
Locally Cindy is known for her work with the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce and the Physician Recruitment Taskforce of Sarnia-Lambton and through program management of several other local not for profits. A highly skilled Special Events Planner, she has brought in speakers such as Emm Gryner, Margaret Trudeau and Kevin O’Leary. She has successfully launched countless community events such city wide walk-a-thons, business awards galas, MP & MPP community breakfasts, corporate AGM’s, golf tournaments and much more.
Cindy is a former community columnist for The Observer and former writer/photographer for the “Ask the Experts” business section for the Sarnia This Week. Her extensive experience also includes writing, photography and ad design.
A known community advocate, Cindy is a two-time President of the Seaway Kiwanis Service Club (a global organization dedicated to youth) and has been a member for a decade. Cindy is the media chair for Seaway Kiwanis Club and annual volunteer for Christmas on the Farm, Libro Family Movie Night, Easter in the Park, the Canada Day and Christmas Parades.
Cindy is former co-chair of the Young Professionals of Sarnia-Lambton, member of Sarnia Connects and past Chair of Harmony For Youth. Her long list of volunteer experience also includes The Celebration of Lights, The Inn of the Good Shepherd, Scouts Canada, Workplace Wellness, Victim Services, St. Clair Tae Kwon Do, St. Vincent De Paul, Irish Miracle, Easter in the Park and more.
Cindy is the recipient of several service awards including; Most Distinguished Service Award, Outstanding Leadership Award and Outstanding Dedication to Membership Growth.
Cindy Scholten is a dedicated councilwoman and believes strongly in community engagement and advocacy.
Brian White, City Councillor
c/o City of Sarnia
255 Christina St. N., Sarnia
Business: 519 464-2585
Brian was born and raised in Sarnia and is married with 2 young children. He has lived and worked in Nova Scotia and in the remote northern Community of Wemindji, QC. Through his work in documentary, he has traveled and worked in every province and territory, except for Yukon. Brian's community activism is spread across the country, but has been locally based since returning home in 2007. Brian is currently serving his second term as Board President for St. Clair Child and Youth Services, Lambton County's front-line mental health provider for people 18 and under. He also serves on the agency's Services and Programs Committee, and Community Relations Committee. Brian served on Sarnia's Save The Jail Committee, the Sarnia Lambton Health Coalition and Lambton Environmental Action Plan. Brian has also organized or assisted in organizing many community meetings, such as the Citizen's Addiction Awareness Meeting, steered towards giving our community a voice in the path towards an addiction and recovery centre. He gives a lot of time working with groups to strengthen their own missions, by speaking publicly or strategizing at their tables. Along with his wife Jessi, he is the organizer for the local Trek for Tourette. Serving his first term on Council, he has been appointed to the Sarnia Environmental Assessment Committee and the Lambton County Rural Game Protective Association.
General questions about Sarnia City Council may be directed to the City Clerk's Department at 519-332-0330 extension 3263.
This page was reviewed or revised on Friday, September 1, 2017 4:21 PM