Biography

Mary Smith was elected to the position of Mayor of the Township of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield (now called the Township of Selwyn) in 2010 and again in 2014.

Her municipal career began in 1998, when she was acclaimed as Deputy Reeve of the Village of Lakefield and automatically became a Councillor for the County of Peterborough. Elected Lakefield Ward Councillor for the new Township of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield in 2000, Mary served two terms in that position. In 2006, she was elected Deputy Reeve for the Township of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield and once again served on Council for the County of Peterborough, as she does presently.

Since 2001, she served on the Peterborough Lakefield Police Services Board, serving as Chairperson for 2013 and 2014. She is also a member of the Peterborough County-City Board of Health.

A strong advocate on environmental issues and knowing the importance of clean water to our quality of life, Mary is pleased to be the Chairperson of the Municipal Sub-Committee and a member of the Trent Conservation Coalition – Drinking Water Source Protection Committee.

Mary is an appointee from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario on the Board of Directors of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation for Ontario.

Mary believes it is a privilege to be involved in politics! She enjoys meeting people and the many opportunities to learn about the local community.

Mary has deep roots in the Kawarthas, as she grew up on a dairy farm in the former Emily Township and has lived in Lakefield with her husband Al for 36 years. They proudly raised their 3 children here.