City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor and Council 2014–2018
The governing body of the City of Kawartha Lakes is City Council. It consists of the Mayor and Councillors, one from each of the City’s sixteen wards. Members of Council and Mayor are elected by residents to a four year term of office.
Mayor’s Office Services and Information
The City of Kawartha Lakes, through the Mayor’s Office, will receive invitations for the Mayor or Ward Councillor to attend a significant event within your community.
There are many events throughout the City so please give as much notice of the event as possible. The Mayor and Ward Councillors regret that they cannot attend every event; however, they do try to attend as many as possible.
The City of Kawartha Lakes, through the Mayor’s Office, also recognizes significant personal events and team/individual sports achievements. The Mayor’s Office provides a certificate, signed by the Mayor, to those celebrating these significant milestones.
Please contact the Mayor's office to make arrangements for any of the above services.
City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor’s Office
P. O. Box 9000
26 Francis Street,
Lindsay, Ontario K9V 5R8
(705) 324-9411 extension 1310
Please find the direct contact information for the Mayor and/or your Councillor:
Mayor Andy Letham
Telephone: 705-324-9411 extension 1320
Mayor Letham has lived in the Cameron area for twenty five years.
He was a successful small business owner for thirteen years and manager of the Lindsay Fairgrounds for seven years prior to election as Mayor.
Mayor Letham is married with three children and three step-children. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and traveling.
Executive Assistant to the Mayor and Council
Telephone: 705-324-9411 extension 1310
Councillor: Rob Macklem
Councillor Macklem is a self-employed cabinet maker, father of three and grandfather of two who resides in Ward 1.
He loves living, working and playing in the City of Kawartha Lakes. In 2014, he chose to run for Council in order to contribute to the future of his community.
Councillor Macklem is involved in Community Volunteer Management Boards, Culture and Heritage Task Force, Heritage Victoria, Property Standards, Order to Restrain Appeal and the Waste Strategy and Planning Committee.
Councillor: Emmett Yeo
Councillor Yeo resides in Norland and is the proud father of two boys along with his wife Sharon.
He has been a business owner in Kawartha Lakes for the past twenty years and a strong proponent of volunteerism. He takes tremendous pride in his community and those who choose to call it home.
Councillor Yeo serves on the Norland Volunteer Management Board, Norland Festival Committee, Coboconk Train Station Restoration Committee, Coboconk Summit Committee, Shadow Lakes Association, City of Kawartha Lakes Property Standards Committee, Property Disposition Task Force, Kawartha Innovation Center Committee, City of Kawartha Lakes Audit Committee and the Waste Diversion Task Force.
Councillor: Gord Miller
Councillor Miller was raised in Lindsay and lived in various places across Canada prior to settling in the Burnt River area about five years ago with his wife of 35 years.
He is an avid musician and engaged citizen active in volunteerism. Along with his wife Cathy, Councillor Miller also operates a Human Resources Consulting business in the City of Kawartha Lakes and enjoys spending time with their three children and five grandchildren.
Councillor: Andrew Veale
Councillor: Stephen Strangway
Councillor Strangway is now in his third term of representing the residents of Ward 5.
Prior to joining Council, he spent 35 years working in the field of public education and more than a decade in the marine industry.
Alongside his wife Marion, Councillor Strangway has resided in the Balsam Lake area for the last nineteen years on a full time basis and previously on a seasonal basis for more than 40 years.
He is always pleased to hear from residents with their suggestions and concerns.
Councillor: Doug Elmslie
Councillor Elmslie is in his third term on Council representing Ward 6, which includes Fenelon Falls and the area surrounding Cameron Lake.
He and his wife Daryl have been married for 46years and have three children and four grandchildren.
A former senior administrator with a world-wide chemical company, Councillor Elmslie has lived in Fenelon Falls since his retirement.
Councillor: Brian Junkin
Councillor Junkin has served on Council since he was elected in a by-election in 2010.
He is a lifelong resident of the Bobcaygeon and Fenelon Falls area where he lives as the fifth generation on the family farm with his wife Lucille. They have two children, Laura and Launcelot.
Councillor Junkin retired from General Motors Engineering Centre in Oshawa in 2008.
Councillor: John Pollard
Councillor Pollard has lived in Kawartha Lakes for the past twelve years with his wife. He has three children and three grandchildren.
His career in sales and management with IBM took him to many locations throughout Canada. Currently he is a realtor with twenty five years of real estate experience.
Councillor Pollard served as a board member with the Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative and is involved with the Waste Management Committee of Council.
Councillor: Isaac Breadner
A long-time resident of the area, Councillor Breadner resides in Ward 9 in Lindsay.
He holds an Advertising and Communications diploma from Mohawk College and an honours degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. In 2006, he moved to Ottawa for the opportunity to work with former cabinet minister Jim Prentice as his executive assistant at both the Department of Industry and Environment Canada.
In 2010, Councillor Breadner returned to Kawartha Lakes to pursue a career in real estate. He is actively involved in the community including his role as Vice President of Board for the City of Kawartha Lakes Humane Society Board and board member of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA).
Councillor: Pat Dunn
Councillor: Patrick O’Reilly
Councillor O’Reilly has lived and worked in Ops Township and Lindsay all his life and his family has resided here for several generations. He is active in the political, social, religious, recreational and business communities of the area and has worked as a business person, consultant, farmer, realtor, contractor and auctioneer. For three decades he has volunteered extensively in the non-profit social services and health care fields. In recognition of these efforts he has been awarded the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and the Province of Ontario Volunteer Service Award.
Councillor O’Reilly has served on a wide variety of committees including the Development & Public Works Services Committee, City of Kawartha Lakes Police Services Board, Tourism Advisory Board, Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund Committee and the Wilson Estate Advisory Board.
Councillor: Gord James
Councillor James is a lifelong resident of Ward 12 and has served as Councillor for the past two terms.
He has two children, Tim and Dustin, and two grandchildren.
Councillor James has served on the Police Services Board, BIA Board and Transit Advisory Board.
Councillor: Kathleen Seymour-Fagan
Telephone: 705-324-9411 extension 1310
Councillor Seymour-Fagan was born in Toronto and spent her childhood at the family cottage on Sturgeon Lake.
Her professional background ranges from business ownership in the music production industry to Shiatsu Therapy. Most recently, since 2005 she has been the owner/operator of Kawartha Coffee Co., a farm to table restaurant in downtown Bobcaygeon. She has twice been nominated for the prestigious RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award and won Outstanding Business Achievement from the Chamber of Commerce.
Councillor Seymour-Fagan lives in Dunsford with her husband and two sons – Liam and Aidan.
Councillor: Gerard Jilesen
Councillor Jilesen was raised on a local farm and lives in Downeyville with his wife of nearly 30 years, Jill. They have four wonderful children - Tim, Megan, Kayla and Jessica.
Councillor Jilesen has a longstanding relationship with the community having served Emily Township as a volunteer firefighter for twenty nine years and Captain for nineteen of those.
He has also been involved in Jilesen’s Service Centre, a family-owned business, for the past thirty seven years. With deep roots in the community, he has been involved in coaching and training youth hockey and baseball teams for several years.
Councillor: Mary Ann Martin
Councillor Martin resides with her husband in Ward 15 and is honoured to represent her community on Council.
Her professional background is in advertising and sales. She was an elected School Board Trustee for 23 years in Durham Region.
Since election in 2014, Councillor Martin has worked diligently with the Mayor, fellow Councillors and staff to ensure that ratepayers are receiving the best possible service for their tax dollars.
Councillor: Heather Stauble
Telephone: 705-324-9411 Extenstion 2416
Councillor Stauble was first elected to represent Ward 16 in 2010.
She has owned and operated a farm in Pontypool since 1988. She is also a professional Equine Canada Certified Competition Coach, horse trainer and former national level competitor. Her professional background also includes theater, non-profit administration and working for the Financial Post. She holds a degree from Queen's University and attended the Banff School of Fine Arts.
Current Board appointments include Kawartha Conservation (Chair), Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, Otonabee Region Conservation Authority, Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge Board of Health, Kawartha Lakes Planning Committee and Kawartha Lakes Transit Advisory Board.