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 not currently looking to fill advisory committees positions, but interested individuals are invited to submit self nomination forms to be retained on file. 

Self Nomination Form

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.

Community Services Advisory Committee

Terms of Reference

Agendas and Minutes

The Community Services Advisory Committee (CSAC) acts as an advisory body to Council and the Managing Director of Community Services providing advice and recommendations to Council on parks, recreation, cultural & tourism matters.  Projects and issues of interest may include parks, recreation, culture & tourism master planning, facilities, open space, and trail planning, non-operational policy matters, marketing and promotion initiatives, support of local arts and cultural events and programming for youth adults and seniors, and the Fergus Grand Theatre.  The Township is looking for persons with knowledge and/or interest in minor sports, arts and culture, environmental or landscape planning, special events, etc.  

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.

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.

Economic Development Task Force

Terms of Reference

Agendas and Minutes

The Economic Development Task Force acts as an advisory body that provides recommendations to Council to take action to establish and maintain an environment (policies, practices, processes, incentives and fees) to enable businesses to prosper, grow and create jobs in Centre Wellington. The purpose of the Task Force is a) to advise Council in developing an overall economic development strategy and implementation plan, for the long term economic sustainability of the community; b) monitor and advise on the implementation of the economic development strategic plan; c) advising Council on the coordination of economic development strategies and initiatives with other regional organizations; d) seek additional partnerships, where appropriate, with other community and regional groups and organizations to further economic development opportunities in the Township; e) advising Council on marketing strategies to attract jobs, investment and promote local business opportunities and employment; f) advise on behalf of the business community regarding policies which may be seen as beneficial or detrimental to business attraction and retention, and to advise on behalf of economic development in the community; g) help businesses to navigate government processes and requirements; h) leverage our relationship with Wellington County to optimize economic growth in Centre Wellington while contributing to the County economic development strategy.


Contact George Borovilos, Manager of Economic Development for additional information. 

Healthy Growth Advisory Committee

Terms of Reference

Agenda and Minutes

The Healthy Growth Advisory Committee acts as an advisory body to Council providing recommendations to Council on strategies and policies to proactively advance a smart and balanced approach to growth that protects and showcases Centre Wellington’s unique natural environment, heritage features and small town feel. The goals and objectives are to a) advise Council in developing overall growth strategies, policies and practices that contribute to long-term quality of life within Centre Wellington; b) monitor, advise and steer Township growth-related projects and initiatives (e.g. Official Plan revisions, Growth Management Strategy updates, Urban Design Guidelines, Development Manual), recommendations and/or implementation plans from approved Master Plans; c) seek and develop community partnerships to ensure a coordinated and community-focused approach to healthy growth; d) liaise with the development community to effectively communicate preferred growth approaches and strategies and facilitate discussions between community groups and the development community and e) work with the Township Communications Coordinator to communicate with the public on growth related issues/opportunities.

Committee of Adjustment


Five (5) persons required for a four-year term ending upon reappointment. 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. 

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.


Fenceviewers Self Nomination Form


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.


Livestock Investigator Self Nomination Form

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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