Woolwich Township Council consists of 1 Mayor, elected at-large across the entire Township, and 4 Councillors representing 3 wards (Ward 1 has 2 Councillors). 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. The Mayor and 4 Councillors are elected to serve a 4-year term in the fall of an election year with the next municipal election scheduled in November 2014. To view the Township Ward Map click here.
Todd A. Cowan
Mayor of the Township of Woolwich
Home: (519) 669-0591
Office: (519) 669-1647 extension 6101
Cell: (519) 496-9648
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Mayor Todd Cowan was born in Kent County and raised on his family's farm in Tilbury East. He and his family have lived in Elmira since 2000. Mayor Cowan previously worked in Queen's Park for over 10 years in a number of positions such as Policy Advisor to the Solicitor General, Policy Advisor to the Minister of Corrections, Policy Advisor to the Minister of Government Services and Policy Advisor to the Minister of Education. In these capacities, he worked specifically on policy regarding safe schools, crime prevention, government efficiencies and small business Ontario. Mayor Cowan was also the Chief of Staff for a member of Provincial Parliament and Parliamentary Assistant. Mayor Cowan is currently involved in the following committees: Board Member, Grand River Conservation AuthorityBoard Member, Waterloo North Hydro, Board Member, St. Mary's General Hospital, Chair, Waterloo Regional Library Board, Interim Chair, Chemtura Public Advisory Committee, Vice-Chair, Kissing Bridge Trailway Committee, Board Member, Kiwanis Transit, Board Member, Elmira Business Improvement Area (BIA), Board Member, Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, Waste Management Strategic Planning Committee for the Region of Waterloo, Vice-Chair, Southwestern Ontario Library Services Association, Member, St. Theresa of Avila Parish Finance Committee, Member, Knights of Columbus Council 8192 Elmira. This is Mayor Cowan's first term on Council.
Julie - Anne Herteis
Councillor Ward 1 Elmira
Phone: (519) 669-4740
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Councillor Julie-Anne Herteis was born in Gimli, Manitoba and raised in Kitchener, Ontario. Julie-Anne and her husband, Ron, and daughter, Kyla, who is currently away at school, moved to Elmira approximately 10 years ago. Julie-Anne is very involved in the community, particularly with the Elmira Theatre Company where she assists with advertising and promotions. She is also a past president of the Elmira Lawn Bowling Club where she is still an active member and church secretary. She is a self-employed business consultant, which involves helping out local small businesses with bookkeeping, payroll, design and advertising. Julie-Anne has always enjoyed the challenges of learning new things and has obtained many accreditations over the years including Cosmetology, Ontario Management Development, Micro Computers, Machine Tool Setter and many other assorted courses of interest. This is Julie-Anne's first term on Council.
Councillor Ward 1 Elmira
Phone: (519) 669-8074
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Councillor Allan Poffenroth was born on March 6, 1947 at 20 Duke Street in Elmira. He is a lifelong resident of Elmira and currently lives in town with his wife, Darlyn; they have two sons, Aaron and Taylor. Councillor Poffenroth was a member of the Elmira Jaycees in the late 1960s until 1975. He was also a member of and Chair of the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival Committee in the mid 1970s and a member of the Political Affairs Committee of the KW Real Estate Board. Allan has been in real estate sales since 1970; he is an owner, partner and broker of record at Coach House Realty Inc. He is also a part owner and landlord of a few downtown Elmira stores and apartments. Currently, Allan is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Elmira and the St. Teresa of Avila Roman Catholic Church. In the Spring of 2010, Allan proposed a tree planting project in Elmira to the Kiwanis Club known as "Kiwanis Trees for Elmira". So far the Club has planted about 50 trees and it is hoped this project will continue for many years to come. This is Allan's first term on Council.
Councillor Ward 2
Home Phone: (519) 664-3318
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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 fourth term on Council. Mark serves as the Chair of the Township of Woolwich Environmental Enhancement Committee (TWEEC), is a member of the Woolwich Trails Group and has been a volunteer firefighter with the St. Jacob's Fire Department for the past 33 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
Home Phone: (519) 648-3608
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Councillor Bonnie Bryant was born in Walkerton, Ontario and raised in Brampton, Ontario. She has been a resident of the Township of Woolwich for the last 8 years. Councillor Bryant was a member of the OSPCA in Dufferin County for 10 years and was Vice Chair of the Provincial Board of Directors for the OSPCA for 3 years. Her employment background has been in the fields of sales and marketing. This is Bonnie's first term on Council.