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Volunteering Opportunity

Individuals interested in volunteering on a Board or Committee may submit their Volunteer Application Form, indicating committee(s) of interest to the attention of the Municipal Clerk.

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Accessibility Advisory Committee

The purpose of the committee is to review and advise Council on the development of policies, renovations, purchases, etc. in an effort to remove barriers in all municipal facilities in accordance with the 2001 Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Candidates possessing knowledge and experience related to disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Contacts

Stephan Poulin
Director of Economic Development and Community Services
705-753-6902
spoulin@westnipissing.ca

Lynn Duhaime
Coordinator of Community Services
705-753-6930
lduhaime@westnipissing.ca

Resources

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005
Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001
Accessibility Plan 2021-2025
Municipal Policy – Accessibility Customer Service Policy
Terms of Reference
Accessibility Feedback Form

Members

Roland Larabie
Brian Robert
Sylvie Belanger
Roberte Giroux
Céleste Auger-Proulx
Yvon Gauthier
Rachel Gagnon
Agricultural Advisory Committee

The mission statement of this committee is to provide priority and direction for municipal concerns relating to agriculture that will contribute to a prosperous and sustainable farming community in West Nipissing. It is essential to recognize the importance of agriculture to the local economic base, as an employment source and as a foundation for the rural way of life. Experience in agriculture or conservation, volunteer work on other farming or rural committees and boards and good communication skills would be considered assets.

Contacts

Pierrette Desrochers
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (Verner)

Melanie Ducharme
Municipal Clerk / Planner
705-753-6926
mducharme@westnipissing.ca

Resources

Terms of Reference

Members

Denis Sénécal
Hubert Beaudry
Dan Schwartzentruber
Diane Deschatelets
Normand Roberge

 

Cemetery Board

The West Nipissing Cemetery Board oversees the effective operation of municipally-owned Cemeteries, such as the Cache Bay Cemetery, Field Cemetery, Sunnyridge Cemetery, Verner Cemetery and Westside Cemetery, and provides guidance to the cemetery caretakers.

All operations and proceedings of the West Nipissing Cemetery Board shall be governed by the rules and regulations of By-law 2012/37 as amended by By-law 2013/09, and as amended, revised or superseded from time to time in accordance with the provisions and regulations of the Cemeteries Act, as amended, and the Funeral, Burial and Cremations Services Act, as amended.

Contact

Melanie Ducharme
Municipal Clerk / Planner
705-753-6926
mducharme@westnipissing.ca

Members

Roland Larabie
Denis Sénécal
Jean-Pierre Martin
Jenniffer Ritchie
Jean-Pierre Courchesne
Hubert Beaudry
Normand Roberge

 

Committee of Adjustments

The Committee of Adjustments is a quasi-judicial body that has broad powers under the Planning Act and is responsible for such items as the approval on consents (land severances), minor variances to the Zoning By-law and Site Plan Approval.

Contact

Melanie Ducharme
Municipal Clerk / Planner
705-753-6926
mducharme@westnipissing.ca

Members

Chris Fisher
Denis Sénécal
Roger Gagnon
Fern Pellerin
Normand Roberge
Committee of the Whole

This is a Committee of all Council members which deals with matters in a less formal manner than at Regular Council Meetings. Resolutions are not formally adopted however reports are discussed and recommendations are made to Council. Following a Municipal Election, the Mayor determines the Council member who shall be the Chair for each Committee on the Committee of the Whole.

The Committee of the Whole Chairs for the Municipality of West Nipissing are as follows:

  • Community Services – Temporarily vacant
  • Economic Development – Mayor Joanne Savage
  • Environmental Services – Councillor Roland Larabie
  • General Government – Councillor Lise Sénécal
  • Planning – Councillor Denis Sénécal
  • Emergency Measures and Public Safety – Councillor Christopher Fisher
  • Public Works – Councillor Yvon Duhaime
  • Water & Sewer – Councillor Dan Roveda
  • Social Services and Health – Councillor Léo Malette

For more information, or for Committee of the Whole Meeting schedules, please visit our Council Meetings page.

Court of Revision (Drains)

The Court of Revision is a body which hears appeals on assessments pursuant to the Drainage Act. The Municipality of West Nipissing has approximately 125 Municipal Drains located primarily in agricultural areas and rural areas.

Contact

Melanie Ducharme
Municipal Clerk / Planner
705-753-6926
mducharme@westnipissing.ca

Resources

Drainage (Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs)

Members

Hubert Beaudry
Dan Schwartzentruber
Janet Parsons
Economic Development Committee

The West Nipissing Economic Development Committee is Council appointed, and primarily responsible for promoting economic development and enhancing quality of life in the Municipality of West Nipissing. The Committee acts as an advisory committee to Council on matters of an economic development nature. The committee is responsible for the development of an economic development strategic plan designed to assist with job creation/retention through expansion and new investment projects in our community. To learn more, visit the Economic Development page.

Contacts

Stephan Poulin
Director of Economic Development and Community Services
705-753-6902
spoulin@westnipissing.ca

Members

Joanne Savage
Lise Sénécal
Serge Bourgouin
Jean-Pierre Martin
Carole Lafreniere-Noel
Patrick Gladu
Rachel Quesnel
Bruno Lepage
Stuart Seville
Emergency Community Control Group

The CCG oversees the development, implementation and maintenance of the Municipality’s Emergency Plan. It is imperative that this committee be equipped with members from key municipal organizations in order to ensure the effective deployment of all resources required to minimize the loss of life and property arising from an emergency and its effects.

Contact

Richard Maranda
Chief, West Nipissing Fire Services
705-753-1171
rmaranda@wnfs.ca

Resources

Emergency Preparedness Plan (Public Safety Canada)
West Nipissing Emergency Plan

 

Environmental Services Board

The Environmental Services Board is responsible for providing guidance and direction on all issues relating to environmental services, community sustainability, solid waste management, recycling initiatives, and where necessary, development of recommendations related to the fulfilling of environmental responsibilities of the Municipality of West Nipissing.

Contact

Jason Sullivan
Manager, Environmental Services
705-753-6910
jsullivan@westnipissing.ca

Members

Roland Larabie
Louise Allaire
Bertrand Bizier
Raymond Marleau
Daniel Olivier
Ginette Rochon
Planning Advisory Committee

The West Nipissing Planning Advisory Committee provides recommendations to the Municipal Council for planning applications including Zoning Amendments, Subdivision Agreements, Official Plan Amendments and Site Plans. For additional information, see the Planning and Development page.

Contact

Melanie Ducharme
Municipal Clerk / Planner
705-753-6926
mducharme@westnipissing.ca

Members

Joanne Savage
Denis Sénécal
Dan Roveda
Yvon Duhaime
Chris Fisher
Fernand Pellerin
Normand Roberge
Police Services Board

The West Nipissing Police Services Board’s mandate is legislated by the Police Services Act and can be summarized as general management and setting of policing policies. The Chief of Police is responsible for daily policing and other operational matters. Generally, the Board’s role in shaping the structure of policing is very broad, limited by legislation only in the realm of daily operations. For more information on policing in West Nipissing, visit Emergency Services.

Secretary

Mélanie S Hébert – secretary@wnpb.ca

Chair

Chris Fisher – cfisher@wnpb.ca

Members

Daniel Gagné – dgagne@wnpb.ca
Rachelle Laflèche – rlafleche@wnpb.ca
Denis Sénécal – dsenecal@wnpb.ca
Roch St-Louis – rstlouis@wnpb.ca

Property Standards Committee

The function of the West Nipissing Property Standards Committee is to hear appeals, filed by owners or occupants of property within the Municipality of West Nipissing after they have been served with an order to maintain their property according to the standards prescribed by the Municipal Property Standards By-law.

Contacts

Alain Bazinet
Chief Building Official
705-753-6906
abazinet@westnipissing.ca

Resources

Appointing a Property Standards Committee (By-law 2007/48)

Members

Brian Robert
Public Library Board

The West Nipissing Public Library Board is governed by the Public Libraries Act and is accountable to the Municipal Council. The Board prepares annual budget estimates and submits them to Council, ensures the budget is administered properly and reports regularly to Council about the library’s activities and operations. A Board member shall hold office concurrent with the term of Council.

Contacts

Émélie Keenan
CEO, West Nipissing Public Library
705-753-6931
ekeenan@wnpl.ca
wnpl.ca

Resources

About the WNPL Board
Guidelines for the Position of Public Library Board Member

Members

Steven Friedrich
Suzanne Pilon
Anne Langevin
Danielle Venne
Susie Michaud

 

Sturgeon River House Museum Advisory Committee
The Sturgeon River House Museum Advisory Committee advises Council on the promotion and support of matters relating to the Museum.

Contacts

Stephan Poulin
Director of Economic Development and Community Services
705-753-6902
spoulin@westnipissing.ca

Members

Joanne Savage
Léo Malette
Suzanne Pilon
Jean-Pierre Martin
Monique Robitaille
Sandee Guindon

 

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