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Marguerite Ceschi-Smith 

Ward 5 Councillor Marguerite Ceschi-Smith

Ward 5 Councillor

City Hall
100 Wellington Square
P.O. Box 818
Brantford, Ontario
N3T 5R7

519-758-5093 tel
519 761-7752 cell
519 759-7840 fax

Email Marguerite Ceschi-Smith (mceschi-smith@brantford.ca)

Profile

Marguerite Ceschi-Smith was first elected to represent Ward 5 on Brantford City Council in November 1994. During her five terms on City Council, Marguerite has been committed and actively involved in working towards ensuring the long-term sustainability of Brantford and the well being of all residents.

To accomplish this, Marguerite continues to work with Community members and City Boards, Commissions and Advisory Committees taking leadership on priority issues that affect Ward 5 and the City as a whole. Included among the many issues she has been involved with are:

  • Placing greater priority on repairing aging sidewalks and infrastructure and improving transit service;
  • Environmental initiatives including:
    • Chair, Brantford Waterfront Master Plan Taskforce
    • Chair, former NW Gateway Committee that initiated protection of “Perched Fen” and built a viewing platform in partnership with Brant Waterways Foundation
    • Member of the Lake Erie Region Source Water Protection Committee
  • Trails and Bikeways Committee (Founding Chair) responsible for development and implementation of the original Trail and Bikeway plan;
  • Brantford’s Cultural Network (Founding Chair) initiated Arts & Cultural plan including designating downtown as a Cultural district;
  • Development and implementation of municipal aging plan; Attracting nurse practitioners and a community health centre now established on Colborne Street; Community Safety; Downtown renewal and Greyfields redevelopment.

Brownfields

Integral to the creation of sustainable and livable cities is also the need to reintegrate “brownfields” into the social, environmental and economic fabric of a community. For more than a decade, Marguerite has championed “brownfields ”, not only in Brantford but also provincially and nationally strongly encouraging removal of the current legislative, policy and bureaucratic obstacles impeding “brownfields” redevelopment. Through her leadership she has successfully drawn attention Canada wide, to the important role federal, and provincial orders of government also play in reclaiming these sites.

Marguerite is an active Director on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Board, chaired FCM’s Brownfields Committee (former), and served on the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) Brownfields Taskforce, which developed a national brownfields strategy in 2003.

Marguerite is also Chair of AMO’s (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) Brownfields Taskforce and a member of the Ontario Brownfields Stakeholder Group working to address provincial brownfields policy. She also chairs Seneca College’s Advisory Committee and is a former professor in the new “Environmental Site Remediation” applied bachelor’s degree program at Seneca College.

Marguerite was awarded the Canadian Urban Institute’s 2004 National Brownfielder of the Year Award and presented the “Eco Councillor of the Year Award” in June 2007 by former Alberta Premier, the Hon. Ralph Klein.

Previous Community Involvement

  • Teen Esteem Program - Founding member
  • Peace and Diversity Circles
  • Mayor's Taskforce on Family Violence
  • Brant Women in Action - Municipal Election Campaign School

Committees

  • City Council
  • Committee of the Whole – Community Services
  • Committee of the Whole – Operations and Administration
  • Appointments Committee
  • Estimates Committee
  • Social Services Committee, Chair
  • John Noble Home Committee of Management, Vice Chair
  • Brant-Brantford Local Housing Corporation Board of Directors
  • Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation Board of Directors, Chair
  • Brant County Board of Health
  • Brantford Public Library Board
  • Brownfields Community Advisory Committee
  • Environmental Policy Advisory Committee
  • Town and Gown Advisory Committee
  • City/County Liaison Committee
  • Trespass Order Appeal Committee
  • Colborne Street East Revitalization Task Force

My Goals

To continue working towards the redevelopment of the Greenwich-Mohawk brownfields site and the development and implementation of a Waterfront Master Plan for Brantford.

Councillor Ceschi-Smith and her husband operate a heritage property management business. Marguerite holds a MSc. and BA from the University of Guelph and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. She speaks English, French and German.