Woolwich Township Council consists of 1 Mayor, elected at-large across the entire Township, and 5 Councillors representing 3 wards (Ward 1 and 3 both have 2 Councillors). The Mayor and 5 Councillors are elected to serve a 4-year term in the fall of an election year with the next municipal election scheduled in October 2018.
The Mayor is the head of Council and the spokesperson for the Township on municipal and political matters. The Mayor is also the Township representative on Regional Council.
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Mayor of the Township of Woolwich
Office: (519) 669-1647 extension 6101
Toll Free: 1-877-969-0094 extension 6101
Sandy Shantz is serving her first term as Mayor of Woolwich Township, having served as a Ward 1 Councillor from 2006-2010 where she sat on the Chemtura Public Advisory Committee, the Elmira BIA and the Woolwich Recreation Facilities Development Committee. She also served two terms as a Trustee for the Waterloo Region District School Board including 2 years as Vice Chair and two years as Chair. She held a variety of management positions at a local insurance company where she worked for eleven years.
As Mayor Sandy is also Regional Councillor for the Township and sits as a member of several boards and committees including Waterloo North Hydro, Grand River Conservation Authority, Regional Library Board, Kiwanis Transit Board, Waterloo Region Community Housing Committee, Kissing Bridge Trailway Advisory Committee and Airport Master Plan Committee.
Sandy grew up in Kitchener. She and her husband Brian have lived in Elmira since 1984 and have raised their three sons, Adam, Brad and Luke there.
The strength of the Township is in its people and Sandy understands the value of volunteers. She has actively volunteered at the local, area and national level of her church, as well as held a number of volunteer leadership positions in education, child care, minor hockey and St. Mary's hospital governance committee. She also served as chair of the Woolwich Community Services Capital Fundraising campaign.
As Mayor, Sandy wants to focus on providing opportunities to tap into the talent of our local citizens, encourage service to constituents and continue to develop a reputation for Woolwich as a healthy community.
Councillor Ward 1
Phone: (519) 577-9058
Scott Hahn will be serving his first term as a Ward 1 Councillor for the Township of Woolwich. Scott has been a resident of Elmira for the past 6 years after being raised in Heidelberg and attending Elmira District Secondary School. Scott and his wife Brittany are proud parents to their two daughters, Emily and Sophie. After finishing high school at EDSS, Scott proudly served our country through the Canadian Forces for 9 years including a mission to Afghanistan in 2010. Scott currently works locally as a licensed Electrician and is also a member of the local Legion Branch 469.
Councillor Ward 1
Phone: (226) 266-2432
Patrick Merlihan enters his first term as a Woolwich Township Councillor for Ward 1. Pat has made Elmira his home for more than 40 years and currently resides on Second Street with his wife and two sons. In his final year at the University of Waterloo, Pat was instrumental in launching The Observer community newspaper in 1996. Pat co-owns the publication and serves as the Observer's Print/Web Production Manager. Responsible for all aspects of design, advertising, marketing, website and print, he brings more than 20 years of experience to the job.
Basketball has been a lifelong passion that continues through playing in the KW Men's Basketball League for the past five years. A certified basketball coach, Pat volunteers his time to the Waterloo Wildhawks U13 Bantam Rep team. Previously he has been involved in volunteering with other minor sports organizations as well as a Cub leader with the First Elmira Scouts. When he's not shuttling his boys to various activities, Pat enjoys sitting down with a good read. Authors such as Lee Child and Vince Flynn are guilty pleasures, but biographies and business books grace his bookshelf as well. Listening to music of all varieties, attending concerts, traveling, photography and cooking extravagant meals are favourite activities.
Councillor Ward 2
Phone: (519) 664-3318
Councillor Mark Bauman was born and raised in St. Jacobs. Mark and his wife continue to reside in St. Jacobs today. Mark has two sons and works in sales and design for a home renovation company. This is Mark's fifth term on Council. Mark is a current member of the Chemtura Public Advisory Committee (CPAC). He has also served as the Chair of the Township of Woolwich Environmental Enhancement Committee (TWEEC) in the past and now continues to volunteer as a member of the Woolwich Trails Group. He has been a volunteer firefighter with the St. Jacob's Fire Department for the past 38 years. Mark was also involved with the steering committee for the construction of the new recreation facility in Elmira. In the past he was also a part of the Official Plan Review Committee prior to serving on Council. Mark is an avid birder and also enjoys gardening, hiking and biking.
Councillor Ward 3
Phone: (519) 664-1493
Murray Martin is returning to Woolwich Council after serving as a Councillor from 1994 until 2010. A resident of Woolwich Township for his entire life, Murray had worked in operations for the City of Kitchener for over 29 years until his retirement this year. Murray has also proudly served as a volunteer firefighter for the Woolwich Fire Department in the Conestogo Station for 21 years. He has been an active member of the Conestogo Recreation Association as well as a Trustee for the Calvary United Church in St. Jacobs.
Councillor Ward 3
Phone: (519) 576-8559
Larry Shantz will be serving his first term as a Woolwich Township Councillor, representing Ward 3. Larry has been a resident of Woolwich for 34 years and currently resides in Bloomingdale with his wife Marcia. Larry is the proud father of two adult children and their spouses as well as a grandfather of two. Larry was a partner in his family owned business, the former Shantz Coach Lines Ltd., for many years until his retirement and is currently a partner in Tri-Shan Inc., a property management company. Larry is an active volunteer with the Bloomingdale Recreation Association. He has attended numerous council meetings and wants to focus on recognition of smaller communities, infrastructure deficit and budget, to name a few. He is equally comfortable with a shovel and hammer in his hand as he is sitting at his desk in front of a computer.