We asked the candidates for a short bio and this is what was submitted. They appear in the order they will be on the ballot.
Jim Craigmile is seeking re-election for a second term as Councillor in his home town. Upon graduation at DCVI, Jim pursued studies at Fanshawe College in an Environmental Technology program. He started working for Ontario Research Foundation in Mississauga and became a member of the first emission testing team in Ontario. At ORTECH Environmental Jim provided technical supervision and resource management as the Principal of the emission testing group. He has managed some of the largest emission testing projects in Canada. He is recognized by his peers and regulatory officials in Canada and abroad as an expert in sampling methods, testing strategy and data quality. His experience of working with regulators and private sector, and his leadership, common sense, teamwork, innovation, integrity, confidence, perseverance and commitment are valuable assets for a councillor. The team accomplishments the last four years are evident. A strong working relationship with the Mayor and CAO was developed over the last three years as Deputy Mayor. This positive experience reinforced his commitment to seek re-election.
I am David Cullen. I am running for councillor, which for me will be a full time job to which I will devote all my energy and business expertise. I have attended many of the meetings of the thirteen committees which report to the Town Council, and will continue to do so. In this way, I will have a running start in January, working with the Mayor and your new council.
Since moving to St. Marys in 2003, I have served on several boards: Youth Services, the Farmers’ Market, and St. Marys Community Players. I am a member of St. Marys United Church, and have served on various finance committees. At this time, I work in a variety of capacities, including the Board of Stewards. My continuing membership on the steering committee of the Railway Gallery has been rewarding. I enjoy supporting Stonetown Artists, and helping the Friends of the Library. As the sitting chair of a Men’s Breakfast Group in St. Marys, I help organize guest speakers, who are brought in to inform the group of current business and community activities in our town. Supporting responsible development of the Arthur Meighen property was an easy decision.
My family has been in southern Ontario for five generations, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Cullen family has always been strong. A Heintzman Piano franchise, a hardware store, men’s wear stores and the Cullen Flour Mill in Woodstock are all part of my history.
My business career started 45 years ago as an office boy for the T. Eaton Co. The office boy grew into an appliance and furniture salesperson. My position as a furniture buyer for Stuart’s helped grow the company from $5 million to $96 million. Stuart’s was purchased by the Brick, a $300 million company, where I was promoted to General Manager of Merchandising across Canada. Later, these experiences allowed me to start my own business, marketing furniture to over 300 companies. I invested in rental property and bought a franchise.
At the same time, I did 13 years of night school at Ryerson and U.of T. in marketing. I audited an M.B.A. course at York University. Recreationally, I continued my long distance running, peaking with the Toronto Marathon. Sailing has taken me on many new adventures.
Tragedy struck with the sudden death of Dianne, my wife of 34 years. Eight years later my life was renewed with my marriage to Gretchen Rozek. We share 4 children, and 4 grandchildren, who are very precious.
In my career, I was privileged to work with and learn from business leaders who never forgot their goal, working smart and working long hours. Now retired, it is time for me to give back to my community.
As a resident of St. Marys for the past 18 years I have served a term on council, sat on and chaired Boards for The Library, Museum, BIA, Central School, The Day Care, coached soccer and taught over 1000 people the joy of music. I am an incredibly active member of our community and can be found contributing to or organizing most fundraising events and festivals in our town.
I have operated a successful family business in our downtown for 15 years and I have committed myself, long-term, to the health and vibrancy of our core as a building owner.
As a working class, family man, I am familiar with many of the issues facing our neighborhoods and look forward to working with members of our community to create resolutions that continue to attract and respect industry, strengthen our local economy, while maintaining the health and vitality of our town. I encourage all citizens, youth through to seniors to continue conversation with me so I can be aware of everyone’s concerns. I am easily accessible.
I believe the mission of a Town Councillor is to provide responsible stewardship, attainable goals and inspire our citizens to be actively involved in shaping our future.
Lynn Hainer is proud to say that her hometown is St Marys, Ontario. It is where she grew up and where she chose to raise her family. She wants your support to return to Council for a third term.
In her 30-year professional career, Lynn first worked in financial services and then transitioned her skills to the high-tech sector and is currently employed as a Program Manager of International Expansion for a Canadian computer hardware manufacturer. Her global view brings a unique understanding of the opportunity and challenge that St Marys faces in Southwestern Ontario.
Lynn has received awards from the Avon Maitland District School Board for her leadership in community engagement and fundraising during the build of Little Falls Public School, a recipient of the AMCTO AODA 10th anniversary Accessibility Champion award and is now volunteering in a Change Foundation project that is supporting caregivers improve their experience in the health care system.
She is proud of the many accomplishments this term, including the strong focus on infrastructure renewal and if re-elected will focused on implementing the Strategic Plan and Recreation Master Plan, including the PRC Business Plan.
Lorraine Lori Heinbuch
Recently retired – St. Marys is my home and I want to give back to my community and serve the people of St. Marys as a Town Councillor.
My background and qualifications include Municipal and Public Administration, Masters Certificate Municipal Leadership and Community Emergency Management; recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to community and local government.
I have 40 years of Municipal Public Service; a member of Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario and Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators with the following accreditations held: AMCT, CMC, CMO, MML.
During my 40 years of municipal public service I have worked for 14 municipal Councils’ – “I know what makes a good Council”. I was responsible for Council/legislative services, human resources, public relations, labour relations and technology/management in respect to eight full service departments reporting directly to me: Administration, Finance, Public Works (Roads-Water-Sewer), Recreation, Building/Property, Planning, Economic Development, Tourism and 2 Fire Detachments.
I am very familiar with how the Town and Town Council operates, and the procedures and systems that are in place within the Town’s departments.
Being retired, I have all the time needed to serve as a Councillor for the Town and give my 40 years of municipal public service education, experience and knowledge to benefit St. Marys Residents, Ratepayers, Town Council and Staff.
Richard Daniel Hughes …. married to Teri McLean with whom he shares eight wonderful children. “A great bunch of kids” he says, and “I love them all to pieces” … and as a bonus that all live in St. Marys or very close to town.
A municipal consultant who knows a thing or two about people and how a good town should run, RD is a team leader at Ravenhill Group Inc.
Active in sports; both as a player and coach, he likes to be part of a “winning team.”
Active in charitable work Richard has worked as Chairperson for the Terry Fox run in London, a position he held for six years until a business move took him away. He was also Chairperson and for fundraiser For Camp Trillium, a camp for children that are suffering with cancer. He is a take charge person who prides himself in getting the best out of himself and others. Whether at work or play he’s always done his best… and as his Mum used to say, “if it’s true it’s not braggin.”
With 10 years experience serving as a Town Councillor, I feel I am able to start on Day 1 working for you as your representative. I am aware of how Municipal Budgets are formed and the need to scrutinize dollars spent and manage wisely to keep tax rates affordable for citizens. The next council will face many challenges and decisions are going to need to be made with fairness and good judgement. I am able and prepared to look at all aspects of issues before council, listen with an open mind to citizen concerns and move forward with knowledge and integrity in voting on those issues. We must keep tax rates within reason for those living in this town, while maintaining a strong tax base to protect water quality, waste management, air quality and infrastructure. Affordable and attainable housing is a particular concern and I would be asking that council address this through the Official Plan. Protecting and maintaining all aspects of our infrastructure is very important to avoid huge expenditures in the future.
If elected, I will work diligently and passionately for all citizens of this beautiful town I am so proud to call Home. I would greatly appreciate your support at the polls.
I grew up in Owen Sound, and attended the University of Western Ontario, graduating in 1978 – B.A (Honours Geography) and 1979 – B.A. Education (Geography and Computer Science). In September 1979, I joined the teaching staff of St. Marys DCVI and 34 years later I retired.
I have been a member of the Police Services Board (now CPAC) since 2013. Since retiring I have also worked part-time delivering RVs in Canada and the United States. I have remained active in education through the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario. My term as vice-president ends in November.
Volunteering has a long history in the McAsh family. At DCVI I volunteered with music (playing in the band), drama (most notably Producer for the school/community production Bye Bye Birdie), yearbook (until it became a credit course which I created and taught), and coaching Junior Girls Basketball. With respect to community volunteering, I played in the pit band for a Community Players production, was involved with CARMAR games, Library’s CAP program (which brought the first computer to the Library), and more recently the unofficial official social media photographer for the Front Porch Show.
The McAsh family connection to St. Marys pre-dates my arrival in 1979. My grandmother, Millie McGee grew up on the McGee farm in Zorra Township and she and my grandfather, Lewis, were married at the church in Lakeside.
My inspiration to run for Council comes from and a deep rooted investment in my community. After moving away for a few years I returned knowing this was where I wanted to raise my 3 children.
Actively working as a professional Real Estate Broker for 24 years with Coldwell Banker Homefield Realty gives me a clear understanding of the need for diversity in housing and value of business development and work force retention. Through consultations with zoning, planning and development I’ve acquired a depth of knowledge in several St. Marys municipal departments. I have solid experience in a wide range of areas and a grounded approach in decision making that will serve our town as a councillor.
Volunteering for years has enriched my life and enabled me to give positive support back to our community by bringing people together with the St. Marys Community Players, The Front Porch Show and the United Way. I am in touch with local concerns and my door to door campaign allows me to connect face to face.
Living in St. Marys makes each of us connected and invested in the our communities success. For me, this town is about caring in every sector, young and old, healthy and disabled, poor and wealthy. My goal is to find ways to keep this small-town thriving while being open to new ideas. I am so happy to call St. Marys my home. My heart lives here.
Hello, my name is Pete Vossen!
I was born in St. Marys to parents John and Helen Vossen and that’s when my identity started. I became the barber’s son and then brother to Willy, Maryjane, Helen, John, Stephen, Kit, Chris, Paul and David. Then 35 years later I became a builder, five years later I married a wonderful person and became Barb’s husband. One year later I became Stepheny’s dad and a year after that became Devin’s dad.
I am a member of the Legion and received my 25 year pin at ANAF. I have been a golfer, curler, ball player, pool and dart player in the community.
For the last 35 years I worked very hard at being a good son, a good builder, a good husband and a good dad.
So now that my parents have passed, Barb and I have settled our children into their own homes. I am no longer a builder and would like to spend my time to be one of your councillors.In my life time I have been a member in the community, son, brother, builder, husband, father, uncle, great uncle, neighbour, friend. Councillor?
Tony Winter is married to Susan and they have four children, Stephen (Tracy)
Marc (Christine) Sherri (Craig) Peter (Trish) and eight grandchildren.
He has lived on Elgin Street since1970.
Graduate of Stratford Teachers College and the University of Western Ontario
Taught elementary school in St. Marys for 30 years and still volunteers at Little Falls School.
In the past he was always willing to serve on Boards and the executive of clubs and minor sports. Presently a Mason and a Shriner, he partakes in parades in a little minikar to raise money for Shriner Children’s Hospitals.
Previously he served on the former Public Utilities Commission and is a veteran member of Council having served 11 years.
“I am running for re-election because I care about this town. Being the most experienced Councillor, I want to continue the steady progress that Council has made this term”.