Meet Your 2018-2022 Council

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Mayor George Bridge

Mayor George Bridge

12 James Street. RR#4
Mount Forest, ON

Minto's fifth, sixth and seventh Mayor, George Bridge is following in the footsteps of his father Milton, Harriston Reeve for 12 years and Wellington County Warden, as well as his Grandfather George who served on Palmerston Council for over 30 years with 15 years as Reeve.

Born and raised in Minto, a Norwell District Secondary School graduate, George attended Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. After 30 years with TD Canada Trust, he retired as Branch Manager in Midland and moved back to Harriston. George has always been heavily involved in the community in which he lived and was the General Manager of the Barrie Agricultural Society and Event Centre for 3 years, Chair of the Elmira BIA, Master of the Masonic Lodge, President of the Hanover Rotary Club, and President of the Barrie Agricultural Society. He currently lives outside of Harriston with his wife Sue. His son Aaron lives in Harriston, and his daughter Amy and her husband Grant own Grant's Service Centre in Palmerston and have three children; Ella, Quinn and Evvy. His other daughter Carrie and husband Colin live in California with their twin children Piper and Emmett.

Deputy Mayor David TurtonDeputy Mayor Dave Turton

33 George Street N
P.O. Box 207
Harriston, Ontario N0G 1Z0

Dave Turton is entering this term as Deputy Mayor after completing his 4th term as a councillor of the Town of Minto.  He has lived in Minto his entire life and was raised as the second youngest in a family of ten children. David and his wife Pam are very proud parents of three children, Brooks, Jessica, and Paige.  They love to spend time with their kids and wonderful five grandchildren.

Deputy Mayor Turton just celebrated his 30th year at Rothsay as Manager of Maintenance, Projects and Engineering, with dual tickets in the trades of Power Engineering and Millwright. Presently David is an Elder/Trustee with the Harriston United Church, a member of the Harriston Masonic Lodge, K-40 Club, and Harriston Curling Club.  He is a Past member of the school council, Harriston Kinsmen Club, Palmerston Marlins and Minto minor hockey and ball.

He looks forward in representing the people of Minto throughout the next term.

Councillor Jean AndersonCouncillor Jean Anderson

6362 3rd Line
Harriston, ON N0G 1Z0

Councillor Anderson has been a resident of Minto for over 35 years, she and her husband David have raised their four sons in Minto, they currently enjoy country life on a small hobby farm just outside of Palmerston.

Jean's Career in Healthcare has covered a broad spectrum, including acute care in local hospitals, long term care including owning and operating her own Home for the Aged, a management position for 10 years in our local hospitals and currently in Dialysis at the Palmerston hospital and Emergency Nursing at Groves Memorial Hospital in Fergus. She has been off work for the past three years as she battled cancer successfully, and a subsequent accident breaking her leg in two places, she is currently striving to return to her work as a Registered Nurse. Jean earned her post RN BScN in 2006, and currently holds the CNA certification in both Nephrology nursing and Emergency nursing. Jean is currently entering her second term as a municipal councillor and is the President of the Horticultural Society, her time off work has allowed her the time to become much more involved in the community, volunteering at the Norgan Theatre, she and David host a Community Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day providing home cooked meal and time of fellowship for members of the community.

Jean has thoroughly enjoyed her work on council , and is looking forward to continuing to serve the community in her role as your municipal councillor as well as an active community resident .

Councillor Judy DirksenCouncillor Judy Dirksen

6395 6th Line
RR #2
Harriston, ON N0G 1Z0

Councillor Dirksen has lived in Minto all her life and has been a member of Municipal Council for a total of 17 years, most recently having been re-elected in October 2018.  She served for four years in the Township of Minto and for 13 years in the Town of Minto, including four years as Deputy Mayor from 2007-2010.

As a Council member, Judy has served on many committees in the past and looks forward to some new challenges in the current term.  In 2003 she chaired the Agricultural Tour Committee in conjunction with the Harriston 125 & Minto 5th Celebrations. In 2007 she co-chaired the Township of Minto 150th Celebrations and organized the church service for that event as well. In 2009 Judy was a driving force behind the Minto 10th Anniversary Celebrations. In 2016, Judy served on the IPM Church Service Committee.  Their family farm provided some volunteer transportation in the form of tractor power and drivers for the IPM, and rented some land for the event as well.

Judy and her husband Dick have owned and operated their family farm between Harriston and Teviotdale for over 35 years.  Recently their son and daughter-in-law have joined the business, and they continue to focus on cattle, crops and custom work services.

They are the proud parents of three adult children, two daughter-in-laws and 7 grandchildren. All but their daughter Lisa live right here in Minto as do Judy’s parents.

Along with her duties on the farm, Judy is a long time volunteer in the community, in local schools and in her church. She feels it is important for people involved in agriculture to tell their story and did that in a formal way for ten years as Wellington County’s Dairy Educator. Judy has been a board/committee member and chaired several agricultural related organizations in the province.  Currently Judy is a Board Member of the Veal Farmers of Ontario. 
The Dirksen Family attends the Palmerston Evangelical Missionary Church where Judy currently is the Secretary of the Worship & Music Committee and leads a Praise and Worship Team..

Judy looks forward to continuing to work with Council, Minto Staff and residents of the Town of Minto, making Minto better together!

Councillor Ron Elliott

330 Prospect St.
Palmerston, ON N0G 2P0

Councillor Ron Elliott is a former Mayor of the Town of Minto, Mayor of Palmerston and Palmerston Councillor having over 20 years experience in municipal politics.

A former Governor and now active member of the Lion's Club, Ron has worked tirelessly on the Palmerston Lions Park, the CNRA Building and other community needs. Formerly employed by the Midwestern Regional Centre, Ron and his wife Elaine have resided in Palmerston for over 50 years and have two daughters Sherry and Rhonda, who both reside in Palmerston with Ron’s four amazing grandchildren: Jocelyn, Kaylee, Blair and Brookelyn. Volunteering and participating within the community has always been a passion of Ron’s, and so he serves on the Norgan Theatre Board and Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. Having spent most of his life as a player, coach, official and executive member in hockey, softball and other local sports, Ron continues to umpire with Softball Ontario. Over the past many years, Ron has had the honour of being a part of multiple Town of Minto councils that have seen many successes, and he looks forward to being a part of this new, strong council that will help to shape the future of our community.

Councillor Geoff GunsonCouncillor Geoff Gunson

27 Elora Street N
Harriston, ON N0G 1Z0

Councillor Gunson has lived and worked in Minto for the past eleven years with his wife Sarah and their two beautiful children, Rayven (age 7) and Ryder (age 5). He is a local businessman with Eric Cox Sanitation, as a Sales and Service Consultant. Entering his first term on council, Geoff has taken the opportunity over the last few years to invest his time into learning and volunteering on several committees to prepare himself for this new role. 

Currently, Geoff is a member of the Minto Minor Hockey Executive, and was an essential part of the Sponsorship Committee for the 2016 International Plowing Match, held just outside of Harriston. He is a member of the Harriston Legion Branch 296, a Steward at the Harriston United Church and coaches Junior Development hockey for the Minto Mad Dogs. Geoff has spent the majority of his life involved in local sports, in particular hockey and softball for which he has held the position of player, coach and official, most recently being a member of the coaching team for the Minto 81s Senior A Hockey Club. He is also a volunteer firefighter with Minto Fire. He feels that it is important to give back to the community in which he and his family reside in any way he can. 

Councillor Gunson is excited to be the fresh new addition to Council, and is looking forward to the opportunity to help build a Minto that his children will want to call home. He stands for open mindedness, transparency and accountability, and is confident that he can relate to a demographic that will mould an exciting future for Minto. He is a very hardworking, energetic and dedicated individual that enjoys a challenge, and he looks forward to this opportunity to to serve his community.

Councillor Mark MacKenzieCouncillor Mark MacKenzie

9781 Ski Road
Clifford, ON N0G 1M0

Except for five years of his life, Mark has been a resident of Harriston and Minto. His maternal ancestors were pioneers in Minto dating back to 1853. Mark's family has enjoyed living in a small rural community and states there is no better place to be. Now retired, his working career included Personnel and Safety Administrator with RCA Ltd.,  Recreation Facilities Manager and a sideline training and racing standardbred horses. Mark  is active in sports, volunteer groups and is the current chair of the Harriston Historical Society. He has a keen interest in local politics and a passion for local history. His past political involvement includes former Councillor, Deputy Mayor and County Councillor.  He advocates that one of the best places to be involved with community betterment and working together is being a member of council.

County Councillor David TurtonCounty Councillor David Anderson

6362 3rd Line
Harriston, ON N0G 1Z0

David Anderson has been a lifelong resident of Minto, currently residing on a small hobby farm near Palmerston with his wife Jean. They have raised their family of four boys in Minto and one of their eight grandchildren currently resides in Minto.

He has been involved in local politics for twenty years; twelve as a Councillor within Minto, four years as the Mayor, and four years as the County Councillor. He was a Director on the North Wellington Health Care Board for eight years and he volunteers as a Team Captain at the Norgan Theatre in Palmerston. He manages and operates The Service Ontario office in Harriston, assisting people with Licensing issues and Health Cards in this region for over thirty years. He is passionate about his family, his farm friends, golf, and the community he lives in.  Combining these passions with his love of politics, David is looking forward to representing the citizens of Minto at Wellington County Council for the next four years.