Meet your new Kitchener city councillors
Kitchener's incoming city councillors and the mayor-elect will be inaugurated in a ceremony on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. at city hall.
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Here is a quick introduction to Kitchener's new council.
Candidates who have been re-elected to the same position are marked with an (R).
Mayor: Berry Vrbanovic
Berry Vrbanovic was a Kitchener city councillor since 1994 – for five terms – before being elected mayor this year. Prior to being elected in 1994, he worked full-time for the city in the computer systems department. He also served as the president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities from 2011 to 2012. Vrbanovic runs a small consulting business, and previously owned a promotional marketing business.
Ward 1: Scott Davey (R)
Scott Davey was first elected in 2010. He served as the chair of the finance and corporate services committee in his last term and sat on the Kitchener Power Corporation board of directors. Davey's background is in finance and information technology.
Ward 2: Dave Schnider
Dave Schnider is a radio broadcaster who has worked for AM 570, CHYM FM, KFUN, KOOL FM and OLDIES 1090, and has taught radio programming at Conestoga College. He also sits on the board of directors at Conestoga's radio station. He is the PA announcer for Kitchener Rangers games at the Aud and will continue to do that during his council term.
Ward 3: John Gazzola (R) (Acclaimed)
This is John Gazzola's fifth term as a councillor - he was first elected in a byelection in 2002. Gazzola worked with an accounting firm in London before being hired as the city's finance director in 1973. He held that position until he became city treasurer in 1985, and then chief administrative officer from 1995 to 2001.
Ward 4: Yvonne Fernandes (R)
Yvonne Fernandes was first elected in 2010, and sat on the city's cycling advisory committee and the environmental committee. She worked for 12 years as an educator for children with special needs at Laurentian Christian School.
Ward 5 Kelly Galloway-Sealock (R)
This is Kelly Galloway-Sealock's third term as a Kitchener city councillor. She was first elected in 2006. In her past term she served as the chair of the Huron Natural Area Joint Venture Committee and vice-chair of the planning and strategic initiatives committee.
Ward 6: Paul Singh (R)
Paul Singh is starting his second term as a councillor. He served as the vice-chair of the finance and corporate services committee as well as the economic development advisory committee, and sits on the board of governors at Wilfrid Laurier University. He runs a real-estate management business.
Ward 7: Bil Ioannidis (R)
Bil Ioannidis is starting his second term as a Kitchener councillor. He works as a financial planner at Investors Group. In his last term, he was chair of the city's community and infrastructure services committee.
Ward 8: Zyg Janecki (R)
Zyg Janecki was first elected to council in 2010. In his last term he served as vice-chair of the planning and strategic initiatives committee, the committee of revision as well as the Centre in the Square's board of directors. Janecki hosts a weekly radio show on CKWR 98.5 FM every Thursday evening called Starlight Concert that features classical music.
Ward 9: Frank Etherington (R)
Frank Etherington is entering his second term in office. In his last term, he served as the vice chair of the community and infrastructure services committee and on the Heritage Kitchener committee. Etherington also worked as a journalist, columnist, assignment and city editor with The Record. He was written four children's books, and an award-winning play for high school students.
Ward 10: Sarah Marsh
Sarah Marsh runs a small consulting firm called Marsh Consulting that focuses on non-profit organizations. She is also involved in her husband's family business, Afterglow Ltd., which sells heating and cooling supplies, like air conditioners and heaters. Marsh has taught English for the Waterloo Region District School Board.