Who are we?
The South Bruce Community Liaison Committee is composed of citizens from a broad cross section of our community who expressed an interest in learning about Canada’s plan for the long-term management of used nuclear fuel and were willing to take the time to gather as much information as possible about the project to help the community make an informed decision about South Bruce’s continued participation in the siting process.
Members of the CLC were not chosen because of any particular view they might hold. They were chosen because they believe that the citizens of South Bruce can only make a decision of this importance when all of the facts are made available to them.
SBCLC members were selected through an application and interview process.
Your SBCLC members are:
- Mayor Bob Buckle (ex-officio)
- Margie Bates (Councillor)
- Doug Culbert (Vice Chair)
- Mark Goetz (Councillor)
- Jim Gowland (Chair)
- Brian Knox
- Alli Meyer (Student Member)
- George Miller
- Les Nichols
Members of the SBCLC
I reside in Formosa with my wife Mary. Our daughter teaches for the Catholic School Board and our son is going to university in Guelph. I have worked for the County of Bruce Highways Department for the past 22 years. I sat on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Good Roads Association and served as president in 2004. We live on a farm in Formosa and raise Wagyu beef cows and market them under the ‘Ontario Wagyu’ logo. I have also dabbled in land development and presently own urban residential property in Formosa, Mildmay and Teeswater.
I was born in Owen Sound and raised in Wingham.My employment history starts with a job right of high school as a major appliance repairman. I was later employed as an auto body repairman, a wireman for Westinghouse Canada, and a BELL Canada installer/repairman. I moved from Hamilton to Walkerton in 1976 and reported to the Douglas Point site where I remained an onsite technician for 28 years. I retired in 2004 to concentrate with Donna, my wife of 43 years, on our home inspection business. Both our children grew up in Teeswater and now have children of their own. My main objective in being a member of the CLC is to get as much firsthand information as possible about the DGR and assist the committee in developing a strategy to deliver informational material to the public.
I have been a resident of South Bruce for nearly 45 years. I began my farming career at the age of 19 in 1977, and in 1981 married my wife and business partner Judy. We have 4 adult children with all holding careers outside the Gowland farm operation, consisting of approximately 2000 acres of soybeans, corn, wheat, edible beans and forages. We also share workload of seeding and harvesting duties with another local young farmer for a total of 3000 to 3500 acres annually.
Both my wife and I have been active in our community through different organizations and activities such as 4-H, minor hockey, and the local farm cooperative. At the provincial level I served on the board of directors of the Ontario Soybean Growers, the Grain Financial Protection Program, and the Ontario Agricultural Commodity Council.
At the national and international level I was a director on the Grain Growers of Canada, the National Bio-diesel Board of America and the Canadian Soybean Exporters Association. Most recently I initiated the first national grower organization for the commodity of soybeans. On five occasions I led Canadian soybean industry trade missions overseas in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, China and Hong Kong.
I have become involved with the South Bruce NWMO I CLC process as I see an excellent opportunity to investigate the potential merits and impacts of the DGR project for the Municipality of South Bruce. The nuclear energy industry has had a significant positive economic impact for South Bruce and surrounding communities and our community should evaluate the DGR project via this educational assessment process.
I reside in Formosa with my wife Mary. Our two sons’ and their families also live in the Municipality of South Bruce. I have always farmed; was born & raised on a dairy farm and have been involved with cash-crop, beef and hog production for the last 40 + years. I still cash crop a small acreage and a have a 40 cow beef operation. I have also worked in agri-business for the last 30 years and still own and operate Crop Watch Crop Consulting. I served as a councilor for the Municipality of South Bruce for two terms. I am involved with several agricultural and municipal committees including South Bruce Community & Business Association, Source Water Protection Committee, provincial director on Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association and chairman of Farm & Food Care Environmental Council.
My husband Bruce and I are long-time residents of this community and live outside of Teeswater on Bruce County Rd# 6. My educational background is primarily in nursing and for the past 23 years I have been employed by the Bluewater District School Board and work at Lucknow Central School. I am presently a member of the South Bruce Municipal council, and also served two terms on the Village of Teeswater council. Over the years I have been involved in many community organizations eg. Minor Sports, Old Boys Reunion, Swimming Pool Building Project, Church Committees, school volunteer, 4-H leader and many more. Our four grown children were raised here and we are lucky enough to have some of them still living in the municipality. Being a member of the NWMO community liaison committee has been a positive learning experience and I look forward to continuing the educational journey for the benefit of the municipality of South Bruce and its residents.