The Mayor and Council of Saugeen Shores are committed to strengthening our community. They strive to improve services, while at the same time respecting our Town's unique diversity.

Role of Council

The primary role of Council is to:

  • represent the public and consider the well-being and interests of the municipality
  • develop and evaluate policies and programs
  • determine which services the municipality provides
  • ensure that administrative practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of Council
  • maintain the financial integrity of the municipality

Meetings

All Council meetings are open to the public and available via webcast, with the exception of “Closed to Public” meetings.

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Agendas and minutes

View Council and Committee agendas and minutes using the Council Calendar.

Council members

Saugeen Shores Council is composed of a Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Vice Deputy Mayor who are elected at large, and six Ward Councillors. Each Council serves for a term of four years.

Read the message from the Mayor.

The current Council members are listed below. Expand each section to view a brief bio and contact information.

Luke Charbonneau, Mayor

Man posing in front of white backgroundMayor Luke Charbonneau lives in Saugeen Shores with his wife Alison and his three young sons, Benjamin, Theodore and Martin. Along with his parents Norm and Nora, he is the owner of the local, fresh fruit and vegetable market Hi-Berry Farm.

Luke was first elected to Saugeen Shores Council, as a representative for Saugeen Township, in 2006 and served as the municipality’s Deputy Mayor from 2010 to 2018; during which time he also served as Chair of the Saugeen Shores Police Services Board.

Luke served on the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority for 11 years between 2006 and 2018; as a member of the executive committee from 2011 to 2015 and as Chairman of the Authority from 2015 to 2018,

Luke was acclaimed as Mayor of the Town of Saugeen Shores in 2018. Working with Saugeen Shores’ team of outstanding councillors and municipal staff, he is dedicated to ensuring that Saugeen Shores continues to be a leading community in Bruce County and a great place to visit, start a business and raise a family.

Email Mayor Luke Charbonneau.

Don Matheson, Deputy Mayor

Man posing in front of white backgroundDeputy Mayor Don Matheson lives in Saugeen Shores, and has all his life. He is married to Sarah (Kennedy) and they have two teenaged children, Victoria and Nicholas.

He teaches High School at SDSS in Port Elgin. He plays and coaches many sports, but is particularly fond of hockey, and spends a lot of time at the arena. Over the past 10 years he has been fortunate enough to have taken students to France, Italy, Germany, Holland and Belgium to trace Canada's history through the World Wars. This has been the highlight of his career.

As a Councillor, his goals over the next four years are to help guide Saugeen Shores in the right direction, so that we are a healthy, vibrant and active community.

Email Deputy Mayor Don Matheson.

Mike Myatt, Vice Deputy Mayor

Man posing in front of white backgroundVice Deputy Mayor Mike Myatt’s career in Municipal Government has spanned over 40 years. Prior to being elected to Council in 2014 as Saugeen Township Ward Councillor, Mike served as your Director of Community Services for a period of 10 years.

Mike and his wife Jean have two sons Jeff and Andy. Jeff and his wife Katie reside in Saugeen Shores with their children Peyton and Colby. Andy and his wife Melanie reside in Binbrook, Ontario.

Mike takes great pride in his past experiences as a Hockey and Baseball coach for over 20 years, a long-time member of Port Elgin Cenotaph Committee, and member of the Port Elgin Legion.

Once elected in 2014 and leading up to 2018 election, Mike served on Physician Recruitment Committee,  SMART (Saugeen Mobility and Regional Transit), Committee of Adjustment, Planning Committee, Saugeen Rail Trail Committee, and Port Elgin BIA Board of Management. Mike looks forward to being a strong voice for all three Wards in Saugeen Shores.

Email Vice Deputy Mayor Mike Myatt.

Matt Carr, Saugeen Councillor

Man posing in front of white backgroundCouncillor Matt Carr - Information will be available soon.

Email Councillor Matt Carr.

Cheryl Grace, Southampton Councillor

Woman posing in front of white backgroundCouncillor Cheryl Grace is serving her second term on Saugeen Shores Council. A Bruce County native, Cheryl and her husband, Mike, summered in Southampton before retiring here in 2011.  They have two children, Lindsay and Perry.

With degrees from the Universities of Toronto and Western Ontario, Cheryl taught high school for thirty years in Ann Arbor, Michigan, founding and coaching her school's state-champion Mock Trial program.  She is an active community volunteer:  Chantry Island tour guide, Bruce County Museum volunteer, Saugeen Rail Trail Association and member of the Southport Canadian Federation of University Women's Executive, Scholarship Committee and Issues Group.

Email Councillor Cheryl Grace.

David Myette, Saugeen Councillor

Man posing in front of white backgroundCouncillor Dave Myette moved to Saugeen Shores from Mississauga in 1997 to work at the then Ontario Hydro BNPD, later Bruce Power. The Myette family moved onto an 8 acre farm just south of Port Elgin where they keep goats, dogs, cats and chickens. Dave is married to his wife Melinda and they have three adult and loving daughters, Renee, Sydney and Simonne.

Dave worked for Ontario Hydro/OPG/Bruce Power since 1982, retiring in January 2015 as an Operations Specialist. 

His initial involvement with the Town was as a member and later Chair of the Parks and Trails Advisory Committee. 

In addition to being a Councillor, he is on the United Way of Bruce Grey Board of Directors and is a member of the Lake Huron Fishing Club Executive Committee and is the Manager of the Port Elgin Salmon Hatchery. He and Melinda also operate a rental accommodation business in Saugeen Shores.

Email Councillor David Myette.

John Rich, Southampton Councillor

Man posing in front of white backgroundCouncillor John Rich is a newly appointed Councillor for Southampton - last term he was the Ward Councillor for Port Elgin. He currently lives in Southampton with his wife Tara Somerville and their three boys, Leif, Hiatt and Eian.  

He believes that we are all better when we are working toward a common goal.  John would like to build on the success of Saugeen Shores and ensure we create a community that inspires health, creativity and economic success far into the future. 

He encourages open lines of communication with residents, if you have an issue please give him a call.

 

Email Councillor John Rich.

Kristan Shrider, Port Elgin Councillor

Woman posing in front of white backgroundCouncillor Kristan Shrider is serving her first term on Saugeen Shores Council. She is a lifelong resident of Saugeen Shores and lives with her wife Tamara and two stepsons Drake and Kaden.

Kristan is the Senior Manager of Property and Parks & Open Space at the City of Owen Sound. Prior her position at the City, Kristan was employed with the Town of Saugeen Shores in the Parks and Recreation Department. She has extensive knowledge and training as a municipal employee that will assist her to becoming an effective community leader in Saugeen Shores. Her diploma in Recreation and Leisure Services is complemented by two designations: CBT (Certified Building Technician); CIT (Certified Ice Technician) and a certified TSSA Refrigeration Operator – Class B Licence.

Councillor Shrider is looking forward to serving the residents of Saugeen Shores and is confident that her experience, education, determination and passion will assist her in providing sound leadership in the community.

Email Councillor Kristan Shrider.

Jami Smith, Port Elgin Councillor

Woman posing in front of white backgroundCouncillor Jami Smith is serving her first term on Saugeen Shores Council. Jami lives in Saugeen Shores with her husband Ryan, and their two young sons Mack and Layton.

Jami is a lifelong resident Saugeen Shores, with significant historical ties to the community. Jami is an active community member who is passionate about perpetuating Saugeen Shores as one of the best places to live in Canada. Jami studied Political Science at the University of Western Ontario, and since graduating has invested in a career as a Nuclear Professional of Bruce Power. She is eager to bring her energy to public service in the Town of Saugeen Shores.

Email Councillor Jami Smith.

Code of conduct

In addition to their statutory obligations, the Mayor and members of Council follow By-law 59-2017, which outlines a code of conduct for Saugeen Shores elected officials, local boards and advisory committees.