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Jo-Anne Gignac - City of Windsor Councillor

Councillor Jo-Anne GignacCouncillor Jo-Anne Gignac is a lifelong resident of the Riverside area. Jo-Anne was first elected to City Council in 2003 representing Ward 5. A few of Jo-Anne's extensive committee appointments include Licensing Commission, Rail Issues, Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority, Essex Region Conservation Authority, Lou Romano, Planning Advisory Committee, WFCU, Windsor Canada Utilities, Environmental Master Plan, Service Delivery Review and many more. Her work on the Operating and Capital Budget Committees has been very productive in addressing the financial challenges the City has and will continue to wrestle with.

Additionally Jo-Anne has represented the community at the School Board level; she was elected in 1988 as a Trustee and subsequently served as Vice-Chairperson and Chairperson of the School Board until 2000 when she decided not to seek re-election. Jo-Anne has also been involved with a number of Community organizations including the Children's Achievement Centre, Windsor Catholic Family Services, Habitat for Humanity, Maycourt and Committee of Adjustment.

Councillor Gignac says her continuing priorities are to attract diversified investment in Windsor to create jobs; continuing our fiscal focus on reducing costs and taxes; promoting safe and clean neighbourhoods, and investing in improved sewers and roads.

Jo-Anne says she is committed to working tirelessly with residents and business, making the tough decisions to achieve an attractive, vibrant community at the forefront of social and economic innovation.

Gary McNamara – Town of Tecumseh Mayor

Mayor Gary McNamaraGary was born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario and moved  to Tecumseh 33 years ago. He was employed at Hiram Walkers and Sons Ltd. as a Power Engineer until his retirement in 2011. Gary has been married to Heather for 40 years, and is the father of two grown sons and proud grandfather of two grandchildren.

Gary was first elected to Tecumseh Town Council in November of 1991. In 1998 he was elected as Deputy Mayor and in November 2003 was elected Mayor for the Town of Tecumseh. Gary was re-elected as Mayor in 2006, acclaimed in 2010, and re-elected for the 2014-18 term. His County Council colleagues entrusted Gary with the responsibilities of Deputy Warden for 2000-2003 and again for 2010-2014.

As part of the restructuring of the electricity sector in Ontario in June 2000, four municipalities joined to form Essex Power Corporation. Gary has been elected as Chair since its incorporation, and has been instrumental in its strategic planning.

Gary has served as Tecumseh’s representative on the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit since 1999. He was elected as Chair for 2006-2009 and again since January 2011.

Gary was first elected in 2004 as a Director for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), Small Urban Caucus. In 2006 he was elected Chairman of Ontario Small Urban Municipalities (OSUM). In 2011 and again in 2014, Gary was acclaimed as President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, a position he will hold until August 2016. Gary also serves as Chair of AMO’s Local Authority Services.

Gary has been a strong community leader for over 30 years. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his public service.

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