Mark Burnham Municipal Election Candidate Profile
I am Mark Burnham. I have lived in Maberly since 1993 and have worked at The Perth Soft Cloth Carwash for more than 25 years. I was first elected to the inaugural council of the newly amalgamated township of Bathurst Burgess Sherbrooke (now Tay Valley). We were sworn in on the afternoon of the 3rd of January 1998 and the icestorm started that evening. I had one unplanned 4 year hiatus but remained the townships appointee to Mississippi Valley Conservation where I served as Chair.
I have served on numerous boards and committees as the council appointee and currently serve as Chair of The Waste Management Advisory Committee, Chair of The Perth Drummond North Elmsley Tay Valley Municipal Drug Strategy Committee. I was appointed to the Mississippi Valley Conservation Board of Directors in 1999 and have served as Vice-chair and Chair. I am MVC’s primary representative to Conservation Ontario Council and have been elected to CO’s Board of Directors as Vice-Chair.
I first ran for Councillor of Sherbrooke Ward in the newly amalgamated township at the urging of neighbours. I grew up in Jordan Ontario it was about the size that Maberly is now. I stood for election because I knew that growth and development were coming our way and I thought that I could contribute to the municipality finding a balance between development and preserving the environmental assets that we share. I think that Council has managed to find that balance.
I believe in open and transparent government when and where that is possible. I am always prepared to listen to residents whether they have a vote or not. I try to make reasoned and balanced decisions based on the best information available at the time I am always willing to listen to new facts and reconsider my conclusion based on new information.