The Town Council of Gander consists of a Mayor and six elected Councillors who are responsible for policy development and general governance of the municipality of Gander. General elections are held on the last Tuesday in September every four years as per the Province's Municipalities Act.
Claude Elliott was born and raised in Twillingate, in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Mr. Elliott trained as a Paramedic and after graduating in 1974 he moved to Gander where he accepted a position with the Gander District Hospital Board and after 27 years of service, retired in 2001. He and wife Gerri have two grown children.
Mr. Elliott was first elected to the Gander Town Council in a 1990 by-election and has served in municipal office since that time. He was elected Deputy Mayor in 1993 and accepted the Mayor’s seat in 1996, when his predecessor was elected Member of the House of Assembly for Gander District in the Provincial Legislature. He was returned as Mayor in the Municipal Elections of 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013.
During his time in office, Mayor Elliott has served on every committee of Council, including the Government Restructuring Committee, the Physician Recruitment Committee and the Annexation of the Local Service District of Benton to the Town of Gander. He has represented the Central Region on the Board of Directors of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL) and has chaired MNL’s Membership Committee.
Mr. Elliott is a member of the Gander Masonic Fraternal and is a past-president of the Rotary Club of Gander. He is a Honourary Member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Retired Veterans Association, a Honourary Member of 9 Wing Gander and is an Associate Member of the Royal Canadian Legion. In 2005, he was presented with the tourism industry’s Ambassador of Newfoundland and Labrador Award. In 2008, he received a Priory Vote of Thanks from the Order of St. John. In 2007, he received the Silver Life Saving Award from St. John Ambulance. In 2014, he received the Terre Neuve York Rite College No. 184 Award and was acknowledged as a worthy brother, as well as an outstanding Mayor and Newfoundlander and in 2012, he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Award.
He enjoys fishing, golfing, and is an avid hockey card collector. He and Gerri spend time with their son Shawn, daughter-in-law Pam and grandchild Penny in Gander and regularly vacations with daughter Tina, son-in-law Lucius and grandchildren Jake and Will in Hawaii.
Cyril Abbott was born in Bonavista in 1955 and moved to St. John's three years later where he lived prior to moving to Alberta in 1981. He returned to Newfoundland in 2010. He and wife Pam (Turner) have three children, Jared, Matthew, and Mikala, who live in Alberta, and a step-daughter Shayna in Gander.
Deputy Mayor Abbott has owned or operated businesses ranging from giftware manufacturing and retail to oil and gas services, and brokering agricultural products. He currently operates a pain therapy clinic in Gander with a Naturopathic Consultant designation.
He has a long history of volunteering in various capacities. He served on the Municipal Council in High River, Alberta, for six years and currently Chairs the Canadian Cancer Society in Newfoundland and Labrador and sits on the National Board of that organization.
Deputy Mayor Abbott chairs the Governance & Community Engagement Committee of Council and sits on the Engineering, Planning & Controls Committee and Finance & Administration Committee. He also sits on the Gander & Area Community Advisory Board on Housing & Homelessness and Wastewater Steering Committee, and represents Council for the Gander & Area Chamber of Commerce.
Robert Anstey was first elected to the Gander Town Council in September, 2001, and was re-elected in the Municipal General Elections of 2005, 2009 and 2013.
Councillor Anstey was born and raised in Gander and has been employed with Canada Post since 1980 until his retirement in early 2016. He was an active member of the Gander Lions Club for many years, holding every office at least once. During his years with the Gander Lions Club he received the Lion of the Year award twice and for his exemplary service received the Judge Brian Stevenson Award. He has been a Boy Scout Leader and served on the Girl Guide House Committee.
Councillor Anstey is the Chair of the Public Works & Services Committee and serves on the Recreation & Community Living Committee and the Economic Development, Tourism & Culture Committee. He also represents the Town of Gander on the Urban Municipalities Group, Civic Enhancement Committee and Affordable Housing Committee.
Councillor Anstey and his wife, Kathy, have two children - Nicole and David.
Brian Dove was born and raised in Twillingate but has lived and worked in the Town of Gander since 1979. He worked in the retail/service industry before joining the Provincial Government’s Tourism, Culture & Recreation Department at the Gander Arts & Culture Centre in 1990. He spent 10 years as Theatre Technician and became the Centre’s Regional Manager in 1999.
He has been active in theatre throughout his life, has been a member of the Avion Players since 1986 and currently chairs the Newfoundland and Labrador Drama Society. He and wife Michele have one son, Alex, who is pursuing post-secondary studies at Memorial University in St. John’s.
Councillor Dove chairs the Finance & Administration Committee of Council and sits on the Recreation & Community Living Committee and Public Works & Services Committee. He also represents Council on the Gander Heritage Memorial Park Committee.
Born in 1962, Councillor Lorenzen attended school in Gander Academy and graduated from Gander Collegiate in 1979. He pursued a career in aviation safety and has worked at Gander International Flight Service Station since 1982. A large portion of his professional career was spent as a local, regional and national union representative and eventually served as the VP for Flight Service for Ontario and East plus several Arctic stations. Mr. Lorenzen and wife Cathy, also a Gander native, have two children, Allison and Steven.
Councillor Lorenzen has been an active community volunteer with 12 years in fire rescue and as a first aid instructor, and is perhaps best known as a long-time Karate instructor. He is also an active swimmer, windsurfer, biker and photographer and is a strong proponent of recreation and an active lifestyle for the Town's citizens. He also runs a motorsports team that competes in Targa NL and through that team raises funds for the Autism Society of NL and the Central North East Health Foundation. He also writes a newspaper column for the Beacon called Perpetual Motion.
Councillor Lorenzen is chair of the Recreation & Community Living Committee and sits on the Economic Development, Tourism & Culture Committee and Governance & Community Engagement Committee, as well as the Gander Heritage Advisory Committee, Airport Terminal Building Committee, Wastewater Steering Committee and Cobb's Pond Rotary Park Committee.
Sarah McBreairty was born in 1983 in Corner Brook and moved to Gander in 1986 with parents Hope and Sheldon McBreairty. She and husband Neal Blackmore have two sons, Kelson and Hayden.
After completing three years of an undergraduate degree in philosophy at MUN, Ms. McBreairty attended the Culinary Institute of Canada at Holland College in PEI. Throughout and following that training, she worked in BC, PEI and in Gander, and is currently completing her university degree.
She serves on the Board of Directors for the Gander Status of Women Council, holding various committee and executive positions during her tenure.
Councillor McBreairty chairs the Economic Development, Tourism & Culture Committee of Council and sits as a member of the Governance & Community Engagement Committee and the Engineering, Planning & Controls Committee. She also sits on the Health & Wellness Committee, Affordable Housing Committee and The Roads to End Violence Committee, and represents Council on the Boards of the North Atlantic Aviation Museum and Destination Gander.
Born on Gander's former townsite, Councillor Gerry Parrott received his education at Gander Academy and Gander Collegiate. After working for a local firm in Gander, he joined Transport Canada/Nav Canada as an Air Traffic Controller in November, 1969, retiring in April, 2005.
Councillor Parrott has been involved with many organizations, including the Gander Curling Club, Gander Golf Club and the Gander and Area Snowmobile Club.
Mr. Parrott was elected to Council in the September, 2012, Municipal By-Election and re-elected in the 2013 Municipal General Election. He chairs the Engineering, Planning & Controls Committee and serves on the Public Works & Services Committee and the Finance & Administration Committee. Councillor Parrott also represents Council on the 91 CEF Advisory Board.
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