Advisory Committees

Advisory Committees

Advisory committees fulfil a variety of mandates and make recommendations to Council. Most advisory committees include members of the public, as well as members of Council. Volunteering to serve on an Advisory Committee is one of the many ways residents can get involved in their community. Council relies on Advisory Committees to provide recommendations on pertinent issues throughout the municipality, and draws on the expertise of citizen volunteer members. Council invites you to volunteer your time and experience to participate on such committees dealing with issues ranging from heritage buildings to community facilities and local cultural events. To recognize, promote and strengthen the sense of community, diversity and multiculturalism, all residents are encouraged to get involved.

Interested in applying for an Advisory Committee?

The Township of Centre Wellington would like to extend an invitation to members of the public to serve on various advisory committees. These appointments give citizens from a variety of backgrounds, an opportunity to volunteer and participate as a member of an advisory committee. With the exception of the Committee of Adjustment, these appointments are voluntary and no remuneration is awarded. Fenceviewers, Livestock Investigators and Poundkeepers receive a per diem when required to attend on site. 

We are currently looking to fill advisory committees positions on:

  • Economic Prosperity and Growth Advisory Committee
  • Healthy Communities Advisory Committee

Self Nomination Form (Printable)

Self Nomination Form

Self nominations will be accepted until August 18, 2023. 

If you have any additional questions, or if you prefer to obtain a hard copy of the self nomination form, please contact Devlin Schellenberger, Legislative Coordinator.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Terms of Reference

The Townships Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Advisory Committee is a new advisory body established by Council and staff.  The committee will provide support to staff in the drafting and implementation of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan and shall provide recommendations, advice and information to Council and staff on matters pertaining to DEI.


The Diversity Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee is committed to the promotion of equity, racial acceptance, and multicultural educations where citizens are empowered to achieve their full potential in our community. The advisory committee will provide support to staff in the development and implementation of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy and shall provide a forum for consultation, feedback, and discussion on matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Township of Centre Wellington.


Contact Kristen Drexler, Manager of Community Development for additional information.


Current members of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee: Christine Dunlop, Elnor Walsh Jones, Fernando Marin, Miranda Holmes, Pamela Brown Wass, Robert Robson, Stephanie Jones, Tasha Lake, Councillor Lustgarten-Evoy, Councillor Craddock, Mayor ex-officio.

Heritage Centre Wellington

Terms of Reference

Agendas and Minutes

Heritage Centre Wellington acts as an advisory body to Council and Township staff on matters related to cultural heritage conservation within the Township.  The goals and objectives are to a) identify and help conserve heritage resources of significant aesthetic, historic, scientific, cultural, social, or spiritual importance for past, present and future generations of the Township of Centre Wellington; b) to support and develop a climate of collaborative stewardship of the Township’s cultural heritage assets through conservation programs and consultation with property owners, the community at large, Township staff and members of Council; and c) to increase awareness of the value of responsible stewardship of cultural heritage resources within the Township of Centre Wellington.


Contact Mariana Iglesias, Manager of Planning Services for additional information.


Current members of Heritage Centre Wellington: Barry Martin, Don Evoy, Kaela Anderson, Michael Hale, Nanette O'Sullivan, Nico van der Sluis, Paul Herrewynen, Phil Brown, Susan Taylor, Victoria Nagy, Mayor Watters.

Economic Prosperity and Growth Advisory Committee

Terms of Reference

Agendas and Minutes


The Economic Prosperity and Growth Advisory Committee acts as an advisory body to Council and Township staff that will provide advice on strategies and policies to proactively advance smart, balanced community growth, and economic prosperity that protects and showcases Centre Wellington’s unique character, while enabling residents and businesses to prosper.  The committee will also provide advice in developing overall growth strategies, policies and practices that contribute to the economic sustainability of the community. Liaise and facilitate discussions with the development and business community to effectively communicate preferred growth approaches and strategies between community groups. Provide the necessary infrastructure and related environment to provide for the needs of growth and investment in the Township.


Contact Brett Salmon, Managing Director of Planning and Development for additional information

Healthy Communities Advisory Committee

Terms of Reference

Agenda and Minutes


The Healthy Communities Advisory Committee acts as an advisory body to Council and Township staff that will work in two working groups – the Activity, Health, and Wellness Working Group and the Active Transportation and Environment Working Group. 


The Activity, Health, and Wellness Working Group will provide advice and recommendations on parks, recreation, arts, and culture matters.  The Working Group will also comment on projects ranging from master planning, non-operation policy matters, marketing and promotion initiatives, and support of local arts and cultural events programming.


Contact Pat Newson, Managing Director of Community Services, for additional information regarding the Activity, Health, and Wellness Working Group.


The Active Transportation and Environment Working Group is to provide strategies, programs, and policies to proactively promote sustainable modes of transportation and environmental conservation in the Township. A particular focus is on the implementation and promotion of active transportation and complete streets, as well as providing advice to promote environmental sustainability, stewardship, and conservation in the Township.


Contact Colin Baker, Managing Director of Infrastructure Services, for additional information regarding the Active Transportation and Environment Working Group.  

Committee of Adjustment

Terms of Reference

Agenda and Minutes

The purpose of the committee is to consider applications for fence variances and minor variances to the zoning by-law and extensions to legal non-conforming uses pursuant to the Planning Act. Preference may be given to those with a planning background or knowledge of the Planning Act and familiarity with the Township’s Official Plan and Zoning By-laws.

Contact Chantalle Pelizzari, Secretary-Treasurer for additional information. 


Current members of Committee of Adjustment: Aaron McCrimmon-Jones, Brad Dufour, Janice Sheppard, Kathy Baranski, Michael Ryan.  

Fenceviewers & Livestock Investigator


The duties and functions of the Fenceviewers are to carry out the provisions of the Line Fences Act, R.S.O. 1990 for the purpose of resolving disputes between neighbouring landowners regarding the construction and maintenance of fences. They meet as required.


For additional information on the Line Fences Act, please contact Lisa Miller


Livestock Investigator

The duties and functions of Municipal Investigators are outlined under the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program and the Protection of Livestock and Poultry from Dogs Act.


For additional information on the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program, and to view the contact information of current Livestock Investigators in the Township, please visit our Animal Services page.

Please consult our schedule of meetings for the dates of Advisory Committee Meetings and Committee of the Whole and Council meetings.

Who is Eligible?

Township of Centre Wellington property owners and/or residents, who are at least 18 years of age (unless it is a youth appointment) are eligible to apply. Specific Advisory Committees may require additional qualifications.

Selection Process

Most committees are appointed for a term concurrent with Council. Therefore, after a Municipal Election, the Municipal Clerk will advertise for self nominations to Advisory Committees. However, occasionally throughout the year, there are vacancies to be filled and interested persons are encouraged to complete and submit a self nomination form.  Council will appoint qualified applicants to vacancies based on the self nomination form as submitted. All applicants will be notified of the final decision.

Following Council’s strategic planning exercise (April/May, 2023), additional advisory committees may be established and recruitment initiated later this spring.

Contact Us

Devlin Schellenberger
Legislative Coordinator
1 MacDonald Square, Elora ON N0B 1S0
Devlin Schellenberger: 519.846.9691 x257
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