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Councillor Profiles

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MAYOR, Gary Serviss

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Gary Serviss was born in Manitouwadge, Ontario and moved to Petawawa with his family in 1969.  He lived for ten years in Baden and Lahr Germany while his father taught at the Canadian Forces Base high schools.  He enjoyed a 30-year teaching career at Dakota Collegiate in Winnipeg, the Pembroke Jail, Fellowes High School, General Panet High School and Valour High School.  I thoroughly enjoyed serving the fine citizens of Petawawa for the last eight years as a member of town council and am looking forward to acting as your mayor during the next term as we work together to strive to make Petawawa and even better community in which to live, work and play.



Councillor Sabourin
DEPUTY MAYOR, Theresa Sabourin

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Deputy Mayor Theresa Sabourin has been serving the Town of Petawawa as a council member since 2004 and as a life-long volunteer.  Over her terms she has sat of numerous committees and working groups, from Accessibility Advisory Committee, Petawawa Business Advisory Network to the Waste Recovery Center and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to name a few, she has worked tirelessly for the Town.  Theresa also donates her time to the Petawawa Pantry Food Bank, a Non-Profit Charity that supports those experiencing food insecurity issues in Petawawa. 

Committee Appointments:
Ottawa Valley Waste Management Board
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee




Councillor Carmody

COUNCILLOR, James Carmody

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Councillor James Carmody was born in Pembroke.  At the age of ten, the family moved to McGuire subdivision in Petawawa.  Councillor Carmody took great pleasure in his new rural environment, snowmobiling and fishing the Ottawa from shore.  Councillor Carmody attended Northern College in Kirkland Lake where he studied computer science.  He then went on to work a 30-year career in software development at AECL.  Councillor Carmody resides in the Black Bay area, where his family have owned property since 1927.  He is a woodworking enthusiast and a lover of the great outdoors.

Committee Appointments:
Petawawa Public Library Board
Petawawa Police Services Board



Councillor Coutu

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Councillor Lisa Coutu adopted Petawawa as her hometown in 2012. She is currently employed as a lawyer in the Petawawa area, with a focus on community legal education and family law. While attending the University of Ottawa, Councillor Coutu studied municipal law, community wealth building, and environmental law. Her passion is for community growth and forward-thinking development that meets our responsibilities to caretake life on this land for generations to come. Councillor Coutu is currently serving as Chair of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee, and as Treasurer of the Public Library.

Committee Appointments:
Petawawa Public Library
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee




Councillor Donovan
COUNCILLOR, Karen Donovan

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Karen Donovan is a long time Petawawa resident and new to the role of Councillor.  Having worked in Petawawa for over 35 years, Karen also coached gymnastics and soccer, volunteered with Girl Guides and sat on local boards such as the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre and now the Accessibility Advisory Committee.  As a councillor Karen is looking forward to representing the residents of Petawawa and being a contributor to the quality of life of our community.

Committee Appointments:
Petawawa Accessibility Advisory Committee
Town Times Committee



Councillor Driscoll
COUNCILLOR, Adam Driscoll

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Councillor Adam Driscoll is in his first term as a town councillor and is very excited about the opportunity to contribute to the future of Petawawa. As a lifelong resident of the town, he has worked for several departments including the fire department, public works, and community services. He takes great pride in his understanding and knowledge of our town. Adam currently works on Garrison Petawawa as a firefighter and has been in the role since 2014. Adam has also been a local business owner since 2018 with his company Valley Respiratory Fit Testing. Councillor Driscoll looks forward to the growth and bright future of Petawawa. 


Committee Appointments:
Pembroke & Area Airport Commission
Town Times Committee


Councillor Rutz
COUNCILLOR , Murray Rutz

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Councillor Murray Rutz is in his third term as a Council member for the Town of Petawawa and has been a resident for 36 years. He is currently a Loblaw Corporate manager and enjoys working with people. Murray is very active in the community and brings true progressive representation. I am amazed by our proficient citizens and the opportunities ahead for our families, and our future, while keeping that DYNAMIC BY NATURE environment setting.

Committee Appointments:
Pembroke & Area Airport Commission
Petawawa Business Advisory Network