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Mayor & Council

Mayor Shawn Watters

Mayor Shawn Watters has been serving Centre Wellington since 2022. 

My business career as a Landscape Architect has provided me the opportunity to design communities and build parks, streetscapes, trail networks, open spaces, commercial and residential landscape developments, restaurants, golf courses and music festivals. I have also been involved in climate mitigation projects. My political and business resume demonstrates leadership, team building and vision. I am excited to work with our new council to accomplish common goals, and engage in meaningful dialogue, making informed decisions that support our community.

I have served five terms of council, and now as Mayor of Centre Wellington. My strong vision for the community includes:
• Attainable Housing Strategy
• Building a Sustainable Community
• Protect our Water and Farmland
• Preserve Cultural Heritage
• Provide Cost-Effective and Timely Solutions to Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Rebuilding

I will continue to be open, transparent, and available to our citizens. I can be reached by phone or email, please reach out anytime with questions, ideas, or concerns.

Mayor Shawn Watters

Find your Councillor

Visit our Wards page to find your Ward. 

Ward 1

Councillor Lisa MacDonald has been serving Ward 1 since 2022.

Ward 2

Councillor Kimberley Jefferson has been serving Ward 2 since 2022.

Ward 3

Councillor Barbara Lustgarten-Evoy has been serving Ward 3 since 2022.

Ward 4

Councillor Jennifer Adams has been serving Ward 4 since 2022.

Ward 5

Councillor Bronwynne Wilton has been serving Ward 5 since 2022.

Ward 6

Councillor Denis Craddock has been serving Ward 6 since 2022.


Council approved the 2023-2026 Strategic Plan, a comprehensive plan for this term of Council and beyond. It was a collaborative approach with Council and staff, that involved numerous stakeholder sessions, surveys, and Council workshops. The Council approved goals are:

1. Create the Conditions for Economic Prosperity
2. Improve the Activity, Health and Wellness of our Community
3. Managing Growth while Enhancing the Community's Unique Character
4. Championing Environmental Stewardship
5. Provide Innovative and Sustainable Governance

View the 2023-26 Strategic Plan Overview

Watch Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings or review current or past Agendas and Minutes here.

Invitation Process

Individuals and organizations wishing to invite the Mayor to an event must submit a formal request in writing to the Mayor's Office. Please be sure to include the date, time, location and the Mayor's role during the event. This information can be sent in any of the following methods:

By Mail

Mayor Shawn Watters
Township of Centre Wellington
1 MacDonald Square
Elora, ON  N0B 1S0

By Fax

519.846.2190 or by Email

Process for Certificates

Certificates can be requested from the Mayor to commemorate anniversaries, birthdays, retirements, other special life events and special honours.

To request a certificate please contact legislative services at 519.846.9691 x901

Generally, certificates are issued for birthdays of 80 years or more and anniversaries of 50 years or more, however, other special requests will be considered. The Mayor is also happy to issue a certificate for a significant accomplishment by an individual or a group/team.

Process for Pin Requests

Township of Centre Wellington Pins can be requested by writing a letter outlining the group or organization you represent, the purpose for the pins, the date of the event and how many pins are required.


All persons wishing to speak at a Council or Planning meeting shall register with Legislative Services by submitting a Delegation Request Form no later than 1 business day prior to the meeting. If the meeting is on a Monday, the request must be submitted by noon on the Friday before the meeting.  If participating remotely, delegates will receive an email from the Municipal Clerk or Municipal Deputy Clerk with confirmation and instructions for electronic participation. The Township uses Zoom as it's electronic meeting platform.  A unique link with access to the electronic meeting is not to be shared with other individuals unless directed to do so.


You may also submit the Delegation Request Form in person to Legislative Services, 1 MacDonald Square, Elora

Community Delegation

Members of the public who wish to make presentations to Council on their own behalf or on behalf of special interest groups or organizations are called "Community Delegations." Centre Wellington Council welcomes and encourages members of the public to comment on matters of interest to them.

Before you decide to appear before Council, you are encouraged to discuss your concerns with Township staff. If your issue cannot be resolved, staff will assist you with the process of registering as a community delegation.

If you are interested in addressing Council, please submit a Community Delegation Form. Should you wish to fill out a paper form you may submit in person to Legislative Services.  Staff will review your request and schedule a date and time for the presentation. The completed Community Delegation Form will become part of the agenda and all of the information contained in the form, including names, will be available to the public through the meeting agenda.

For more information please review the Community Delegations Report of Council's Procedure By-law.

Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25 for the purpose of registering a Community Delegation for a presentation to the Council of the Township of Centre Wellington. The requester's name and address, as well as any material submitted, become part of the public record, and may be published in a report to Council, included in a Council Agenda and posted on the Township's website. Questions relating to the collection, use and disclosure of this personal information may be addressed to the Deputy Municipal Clerk at 1 MacDonald Square, Elora ON N0B 1S0. Telephone 519.846.9691 ext. 242.

For more information on Delegations, visit our Delegations page here.

The lands we know today as the Township of Centre Wellington have been home to Indigenous peoples since time immemorial. We acknowledge that we are on the treaty lands and traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee.

With increasing encroachment by non-Indigenous settlers in the Township of Centre Wellington, the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee could not continue their traditional lifestyle and settled in their villages along the Credit River and in the Grand River Valley. These Indigenous nations uphold their Treaty Rights within our jurisdiction.

Today, the Township of Centre Wellington remains home to Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island. We are grateful to have the opportunity to share and respect Mother Earth and are committed to building constructive and cooperative relationships with Indigenous nations.

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