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Ian Rice - Councillor : Ward 1

75 McNab Street
Elora, ON


Ian Rice is a 35+ year resident of Centre Wellington. Ian is married to Sharon, a retired educator. Formerly an officer in the O.P.P., his career has spanned social work/counseling, construction, sales and management. His training is Counseling Psychology & Human Relations.

Ian has been active in the community for many years.

  • Habitat for Humanity Wellington affiliate – executive member
  • St. John’s, Elora – member for more than 30 years, past warden on two occasions, member of finance committee and parish council
  • Rotary Club of Centre Wellington - charter member and past president
  • NeighbourWoods – active volunteer
  • Elora Festival –volunteer (production & hospitality) since 1982
  • Elora Community Theatre – past president
  • Theatre on the Grand – charter director & past Chair
  • Canadian Ski Patrol System – volunteer since 1989 – Zone & National executive – recipient of a CSP, the highest National award

Ian’s hope is to be able to make a difference in our community through careful listening to voters and acting on their behalf. He believes that he can make a difference by considering the wellbeing of the Township & defending its interests. Ian will listen to the voters of Ward 1 and represent them in a manner that illustrates his respect for their concerns. Voters are entitled to be listened to and respected.

Ian believes that taxpayers are entitled to get the most for their tax dollar. Oversight and accountability for the expenditure of tax dollars must be the highest priority of council.

To be a truly inviting municipality, we must have a vital and active arts and cultural atmosphere. Our community is recognized as home for many visual, artisanal and musical artists. Recreation is another vital component as it provides opportunities for an active life style for our citizens of any age.

It is important to encourage the growth of knowledge based business which can then employ some of the 7,000 workers who leave our municipality daily to work elsewhere. Residents that work here spend here. We must also maintain the expansion of new business and residential units while remaining within the capacity of our services.

What makes our community unique its architecture and history. We must do everything possible to encourage the retention of our history. Specific areas that need focus are: the development of Victoria Park in Elora as it is a feature for the pleasure of tourists and residents; the walking bridge replacement on Mill St.; and protection of our rich agricultural heritage. It is important to continue support of the “Buy local, Buy fresh” program with the local farmers markets. We must preserve and enhance our urban forest.

Our health care is outstanding, professional & well balanced with a superb hospital; family health teams and excellent staff make Centre Wellington an attractive place to settle. Continued systematic recruitment of medical professionals is necessary to meet our aging population and the anticipated growth of our community.

Ian’s agenda will promote Centre Wellington as a well rounded, rich and desirable place to live and work.

As part of his effort to preserve the beauty of our community and to preserve our resources, Ian will not be using signs.

Voters are encouraged to contact Ian through his interactive website at

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