What a wonderful evening hanging out with longtime Guelphites at the Wayne Pitman Ford & Lincoln dealership!

As you can see above, they launched the upcoming Lincoln MKX tonight. Available sometime this fall it’s a beautiful vehicle!

Wayne and his family were all there along with the wonderful staff to greet everyone. 

It was nice to see them partner with many other local businesses such as Foodies Anonymous and Jovet De LaTorre from Edible arrangements was there too.

The dealership, like many others on Woodlawn Road went through some renovations lately and it looks great! I know the Hyundai, Robinson GMC & Chevy dealerships have gone through great expansions recently too which is good for jobs and our local economy.

Thank you again Wayne and staff for inviting me! I wish you all success for many more years to come!


A great evening at the Italian Canadian Club in Guelph celebrating new inductees into the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame!

Shown above was the head table! From bicyclists, referees, football and hockey players and the list goes on, it was power house of a table! To see all the names and a great article about the event, see HERE.

This event is an annual Kiwanis Guelph night that also raises funds for the good work they do in our community. A big thank you to them and the sponsors who made this all happen!

Was able to meet some new Guelph Storm hockey players as well.  All the best boys!

While we there to celebrate the inductees, they took time out to acknowledge local teens that are making a huge difference in sports. Here’s a picture of them as well:

I had a great time! Hope to see you next year!



Cheesy statement? Perhaps not.

Since taking office I have been focused on maintaining existing relationships, searching for new relationships and (what I feel is the most important) – restoring broken relationships. I believe this is the critical foundation for which our city needs to have.

Today’s Guelph Mercury “Mayor Guthrie aims to improve relationship” summed this up perfectly where it stated:

Guthrie has said repeatedly on the campaign trail and since taking office that his priority is to improve relationships — with Wellington County, with the business community, with City Hall staff, and with Guelph residents in general.”

With this in mind, I have been in discussions with Wellington County since taking office on exploring whether city council representatives could/should be welcomed back to the Joint Social Services committee. The response from those I’ve talked to feel it’s well worth exploring. So let’s explore.

In 2010 the council of the day, for reasons to them, voted to remove themselves from the committee. There were also lawsuits and finger-pointing. Then –  what some would define – it became an entrenched  broken relationship.

This rocky relationship even formed an Ontario doctoral thesis by Zachary Spicer who, while interviewed,  said  “.…without official linkages there is nothing compelling them to work together. So it comes down to actions and the values of cooperating.”

I for one want to cooperate on this issue. As the picture at the top states, hopefully we can “fall back together”.

There’s a lot more to come on this topic so stay tuned.






Staff Food Drive

Look at these wonderful people! Initiated by our staff, (through one individual I’d like to point out – Karen Kawakami, she’s hiding in the corner!) – Everyone has been encouraged to bring in food to donate to the community food drive! I can’t thank all staff enough for stepping up to help those in need in our community.



Our Deputy CAO Derrick Thomson sent out the following email to staff and it sums up well what’s going on:

For those of you who have already contributed, thank you!  If you haven’t had a chance yet, there’s still time!  Donations are being collected until Friday, June 12th.  I hope you’re able to support the community’s goal of raising 20,000 pounds of food for our local food bank and pantries.  There’s too many people in our community who are food insecure.  Household food insecurity is associated with:

  • Chronic diseases
  • Including heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, anemia, dental decay and bowel disorders
  • Insufficient consumption of fruit and vegetables can increase the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease

Nutritionally inadequate diets:

  • Poor nutrition in children can affect the development of their intellectual, social, and emotional skills

School success:

  • Children in food insecure households are more likely to have growth and development problems, are more likely to be absent from school, and have difficulty concentrating and learning.

Needed food items include:

  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta & pasta sauce
  • Canned fish & meats
  • Peanut-free school snacks & 100% juice boxes
  • Canned vegetables & fruit
  • Canned soups & stews

Monetary donations and gift cards are also welcome. They are used by the food banks to purchase fresh food such as milk, eggs, vegetables and fruit.  Financial donations can also be made online at: https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/7869


Let’s do this Guelph!