Mary Smith was elected to the position of Mayor of the Township of Selwyn for the term of 2010-2014. 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 (now called the Township of Selwyn) 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 continues to serve as the township member on the Peterborough Lakefield Police Services Board and is presently the chairperson. She is also a member of the Peterborough County-City Board of Health, Peterborough County Land Division Committee, the Peterborough County Awards and Bursaries Committee and the Ennismore Community Centre Renovation Project Committee.
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 has recently been appointed to 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 Kawartha Lakes Region, as she grew up on a dairy farm in the former Emily Township and has lived in Lakefield with her husband Al for 37 years. They proudly raised their 3 children here, who are now 34, 31 and 29.
Mary enjoys swimming, cycling, gardening, canoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, camping and spending time with family.