Council is elected for a four-year term. The current term of Council began in December 2018 and will end on November 14, 2022. All eligible voters in the Township elect the Mayor and Council at large.
For information on the 2022 Municipal and School Board Election, visit our Election Page.
Mayor Norm Hofstetter
Mayor Norm Hofstetter was elected as Mayor in 2014, and has been on Council since 2010. Norm has been a resident of the Township of Perry for over 18 years. Norm is very active in the community and wants to see improvements to the Township’s parks, municipal facilities and to the environment. As Mayor, Norm wants to move the Township forward with a strong community involvement.
Councillor Jim Cushman
Councillor Jim Cushman has lived in the Township of Perry for almost 50 years. Born and raised in the Niagara area, Jim was attracted to the area for its natural beauty, clear waters and fresh air. Jim and his wife Jennifer, have four children, two daughters and two sons. Jim relocated to Novar and carried on with the family business of Cushman Stone & Gravel. Jim’s sons will be taking over the business becoming the 5th generation in the gravel pit and quarry industry. This is Jim’s 4th consecutive term on council and he became involved in municipal government so that he can speak for the people. Councillor Cushman likes to keep costs under control while still maintaining infrastructure.
Councillor Joe Lumley
Councillor Joe Lumley was born and raised in Novar, Ontario. He feels deeply connected to the community and has a strong pride in Perry Township. He is a second-generation councilman, following in his father’s footsteps. After graduating from Almaguin Highlands Secondary School, Joe earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Nipissing University in North Bay. Joe is a first-time Councillor and his community interests include parks and recreation, economic development and social welfare. Joe is grateful to the people of Perry for entrusting him with the responsibility of Councillor and is looking forward to serving them over the next four years.
Councillor Margaret Ann MacPhail
Councillor Margaret Ann MacPhail was elected to Council in 2014. She has lived in the Township of Perry for ten years and ran for Council to get more involved and help further the interests of the Township for the ratepayers. Margaret Ann likes to be seen as a fair minded person with the best interests of the Township and ratepayers at heart. She has always had a big interest in volunteering her services. Margaret Ann is a health conscious person who loves to swim, especially in Clear Lake, as well as bike and run all over the Township. She loves to be around people and believes that she has much to learn from others and she would like to impart some of her knowledge where appropriate.
Councillor Paul Sowrey
Councillor Paul Sowrey was born in St. Catharines and moved to Perry Township in 1966, when his parents bought a camp on Deer Lake. Penbrook Resort was his home until he married his wife Elizabeth in 1977. Paul has 2 adult sons, a daughter-in-law and one adorable granddaughter. Paul feels blessed that they all reside in the Township of Perry. Paul has owned and operated a plumbing business in the area for over 30 years and is planning on turning it over to one of their sons in the near future.
Paul has been involved in a variety of activities within the Township over the years, but this is his first time on council. He is looking forward to being a part of the team and learning all the duties and responsibilities associated with being a Councillor in Perry Township.
Back Row: Councillor Joe Lumley, Councillor Jim Cushman
Front Row: Councillor Paul Sowrey, Mayor Norm Hofstetter, Councillor Margaret Ann MacPhail
Role of the Mayor
- To act as Chief Executive Officer of the Township and:
- Support the purposes of the Township
- Encourage public involvement in the Township’s activities
- Act as the representative of the Township both inside and outside the Township and promote the Township in this area, the country and the world
- Participate in and foster activities that enhance the well-being of the Township and its residents.
- To chair Council meetings so that business can be carried out efficiently and effectively
- To provide leadership to Council
- To represent the Township at official functions
- To carry out the duties of the Head of Council under the Municipal Act or any other Act
- To act as Council’s representative when working with other levels of government and business
- To serve as an ex officio member of all committees or other body established or appointed by Council (the Mayor may vote and otherwise participate, unless prohibited by law, in the business of the committee of other body on the same basis as any other Committee member)
Role of Council
- To take care of the interests of residents of the Township
- To create and assess policies and programs of the Township
- To decide which services the Township provides
- To make sure that policies and procedures are in place to follow Council’s instruction
- To make sure that all business done by senior staff is done fairly and responsibly
- To protect the finances of the Township
- To carry out the duties of Council under the Municipal Act or any other Act
Role of Council
Code of Conduct
Bill 68 introduced a number of amendments to the Municipal Act, Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, Municipal Elections Act and Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
The amendments to the Municipal Act, included changes to Codes of Conduct and the role of the Integrity Commissioner which came into effect on March 1, 2019.
Municipalities are now required to establish:
- Code of Conduct for Council and Local Boards and Committees
- Council / Staff Relation Policy
- Integrity Commissioner Protocol
Should you wish to present at an upcoming Council meeting, please visit our Appear as a Delegation page for more information and to learn how to submit your request.
Regular meetings of the Township of Perry Council are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month unless otherwise specified by resolution of Council.
Municipal Council is the level of government closet to the citizens and provides the most accessible forum for citizens to communicate with their elected officials. Council welcomes and encourages members of the public to comment on matters of interest to them.
Council Meetings are open to the public unless authorized to be closed under legislation and take place in the Council Chambers at the Township of Perry Municipal Office at 1695 Emsdale Road, Emsdale, ON.
As a result of the pandemic, Council Meetings are currently held electronically.