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
    Claude Elliott Mayor

    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
    Cyril Abbott Deputy Mayor

    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.

    Mr. Abbott was elected to the Gander Town Council in the 2013 Municipal Election. He received the most votes from the residents for position of a Councillor and Council voted him as Deputy Mayor.

    Deputy Mayor Abbott chairs the Governance and Community Engagement Committee and is a member of the Finance and Administration Committee and the Recreation and Community Living Committee. He is also a member of the Mayor’s ad hoc Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee, the Wastewater Steering Committee and is Council’s representative on the Board of the Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce.

    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 has 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.

  • Robert Anstey
    Robert Anstey Councillor

    Robert Anstey was born and raised in Gander and has been employed with Canada Post since 1980 until his retirement in early 2016.

    Mr. Anstey was first elected to the Gander Town Council in the 2001 Municipal Election and was re-elected in the 2005, 2009 and 2013 Municipal Elections.

    Councillor Anstey is the Chair of the Public Works and Services Committee and is a member of the Recreation and Community Living Committee and the Economic Development, Tourism and Culture Committee. He is also Council’s representative on the Urban Municipalities Group, Civic Enhancement Committee and Affordable Housing Committee.

    Councillor Anstey 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 and his wife, Kathy, have two children – Nicole and David.

  • Brian Dove
    Brian Dove Councillor

    Brian Dove was born and raised in Twillingate but has lived and worked in Gander since 1979. He worked in the retail/service industry before joining the Provincial Government’s Tourism, Culture and Recreation Department at the Joseph Smallwood Arts & Culture Centre in 1990. He spent 10 years as Theatre Technician and became the Centre’s Regional Manager in 1999.

    Mr. Dove was elected to the Gander Town Council in the 2013 Municipal Election.

    Councillor Dove is the Chair of the Finance and Administration Committee and is a member of the Recreation and Community Living Committee and the Public Works and Services Committee. He is also Council’s representative on the Gander Heritage Memorial Park Committee.

    Councillor Dove has been active in theatre throughout his life and has been a member of the Avion Players since 1986. He is currently the Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Drama Society.

    Councillor Dove and wife, Michele, have one son, Alex, who is pursuing post-secondary studies at Memorial University in St. John’s.

  • Sarah McBreairty
    Sarah McBreairty Councillor

    Sarah McBreairty was born in 1983 in Corner Brook and moved to Gander in 1986 with parents Hope and Sheldon McBreairty. 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 Gander.

     

    Ms. McBreairty was elected to the Gander Town Council in the 2013 Municipal Election.

     

    Councillor McBreairty is the Chair of the Economic Development, Tourism and Culture Committee and is a member of the Governance and Community Engagement Committee and the Engineering, Planning and Controls Committee.  She is also Council’s representative on the Affordable Housing Committee, the Roads to End Violence Committee, the Gander International Airport Authority Consultative Committee, the Gander Community Garden Committee, the Gander Refugee Outreach Committee, the Gander Heritage Advisory Committee and the North Atlantic Aviation Museum Board.

     

    Councillor McBreairty and husband, Neal Blackmore, have two sons, Kelson and Hayden.

  • Gerry Parrott
    Gerry Parrott Councillor

    Gerry Parrott was born on Gander’s former townsite. He 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.

    Mr. Parrott was first elected to the Gander Town Council in the September, 2012 Municipal By-Election and was re-elected in the 2013 Municipal Election.

    Councillor Parrott is the Chair of the Engineering, Planning and Controls Committee and is a member of the Public Works and Services Committee and the Finance and Administration Committee. He is also Council’s representative on the 91st Airfield Engineering Committee and the Wastewater Steering Committee.

    Councillor Parrott has been involved with many organizations, including the Gander Curling Club, Gander Golf Club and the Gander and Area Snowmobile Club.

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