Meet Your Councillors

LEANNE PIPER

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Leanne has represented Ward 5 since 2006.  She previously served as a Trustee on the Upper Grand District School Board, and has a long history of active involvement in various community organizations including school councils, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre Board of Directors, Heritage Guelph, Old University Neighbourhood Association, Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods (Ontario), Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, Guelph Historical Society and the Career Education Council.

During her tenure on Guelph City Council, Leanne has served on a diverse range of committees and boards, as follows:

Committees:  Chair, Planning, Building and Engineering and Environment Committee,  Chair, Land Ambulance and Social Services Committee, Operations, Transit and Emergency Services and Governance Committee.

Boards:  Guelph Junction Railway, Guelph Police Services Board, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre Board, Heritage Guelph and Family and Children’s Services Board.

Leanne graduated from McMaster University with an Hons. BA in History and English, and an MA (Leadership) from the University of Guelph.   She has worked in the public, private and non-profit sector, including 15 years as a student affairs manager at McMaster University, five years in communications and marketing with 4-H Ontario, and as a professional writer and publisher.  She is currently Manager, Admissions and Marketing at the University of Guelph.

Leanne has four children, two cats, one dog and has lived in Ward 5 since 1992.

 

CATHY DOWNER

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Cathy was first elected as Councillor for Ward 5 in 1994. During her 12 years on Council, she worked on many committees and boards, including Planning, Works and Environment, Heritage Guelph, Family and Children’s Services, Loretto Convent Task Force and Guelph Non-Profit Housing. She was also chair of the City Hall/Courthouse Redevelopment Committee. After serving four consecutive terms, Cathy decided not to seek re-election in 2006.

Cathy continued to enjoy contributing to the wellbeing of the community. She was on the Boards of the Guelph Community Health Centre and the Guelph Youth Music Centre, where she is still involved in many of its activities. She is also a volunteer mediator with Community Justice Initiatives and the John Howard Society. Cathy was a member of the City’s Committee of Adjustment adjudicating minor variance and lot severance applications from 2012 to 2014.

Cathy was elected again to City Council in October of 2014.

Cathy has an Advanced Mediation and Conflict Management Certification from the University of Waterloo-Conrad Grebel Peace and Conflict Studies. She also holds a Chartered Mediator designation from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario /Canada and currently works in private practice as a mediator.

In addition Cathy was the provincially appointed Returning Officer with Elections Ontario for Guelph from January 2011 until December 2013. She continued to play a significant role in the organization of the recent 2014 Provincial Election in Guelph.

In 2007, Cathy received the Guelph YM-YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Public Service.

Cathy is a long time resident of Ward 5 and has 3 cherished children, 2 adorable grandchildren, 2 friendly dogs, one mischievous cat and a charming husband, Bob.

 

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