Mayor’s Message

Happy 2019!  I hope you had an enjoyable and peaceful holiday season. On behalf of Town staff and Council, I wish all residents much happiness and good health in the year ahead.

I would like to welcome new Council members Jill Burridge, Steve Gallant, Darren MacDougall and Derek Smith, as well as returning Councillors Gary Clow and Gail MacDonald. As your new Mayor, I look forward to working with Council to make Stratford the best community possible. To do that, Town staff, Council and volunteers are organized into portfolios to ensure high-quality programs and services are provided to residents. Each portfolio has an associated committee made up of residents, with councillors serving as chair and vice-chair.  The committees are charged with discussing issues, and providing advice and recommendations to Council. Our committee structure is as follows:

  • Infrastructure and Human Resources (HR) Committee: Chair, Gary Clow; Vice-chair Infrastructure, Jill Burridge; Vice-chair HR, Gail MacDonald
  • Finance Committee: Chair, Gail MacDonald; Vice-chair, Darren MacDougall
  • Sustainability Committee: Chair, Darren MacDougall; Vice-chair, Gail MacDonald
  • Recreation Committee: Chair, Steve Gallant; Vice-chair, Derek Smith
  • Planning Committee: Chair, Jill Burridge; Vice-chair, Steve Gallant
  • Safety Services Committee: Chair, Derek Smith; Vice-chair, Gary Clow
  • Accountability and Engagement Committee: Chair, Steve Ogden; Vice-chair, Jill Burridge
  • Deputy Mayor, Gary Clow

We will be seeking your input in regards to the Town’s spending priorities at a pre-budget consultation meeting on January 16 (time to be announced). Your ideas and comments will be valuable in developing the Town’s 2019-2012 budget.

I believe strongly in citizen involvement and engagement and will work hard to promote increased dialogue with Town residents on issues affecting their lives. Please let me know if you would like to discuss any issues or if you have any information, advice or comments you would like to share with me or with any member of Council.  We will make arrangements to meet with you.

Thank you for the trust you have placed in me by choosing me as your Mayor.  I will do my utmost to ensure that your trust is well founded.

Mayor Steve Ogden