Town of Ajax Council

 Mayor Shaun Collier 

Mayor Shaun Collier

Cell: 905-409-6891
Tel: 905-683-4550 ext. 3332

shaun.collier@ajax.ca

Twitter: @mayor_collier
Facebook:  Mayor S Collier

Since his election as Mayor in 2018, Shaun Collier has worked to bring long-term social, and environmental sustainability to the Town of Ajax, while strengthening our economic position. Prior to becoming Mayor, Shaun served as the Ward 1 Councillor, and Regional Councillor representing Wards 1 and 2. 2023 marks his 20th anniversary of public service.

Under Mayor Collier’s leadership, Ajax has become a champion of economic development by cutting red tape and innovating to deliver new housing and business opportunities faster. In his first term as Mayor, development related construction value in Ajax topped $1-billion dollars.

Continuing the Town’s strong history of environmental stewardship, Mayor Collier has fought for growth within our urban boundaries and has been vocal against the development of the Carruthers Creek headwaters.

In 2019, Mayor Collier introduced the Ajax Mayor’s Gala with the aim of addressing homelessness and supporting not-for-profit and community groups. Under his leadership, more than $700,000 have been invested into the community thanks to the success of the gala and the support of its sponsors.

Mayor Collier represents the voice and needs of Ajax on several committees. He is Chair of the Durham Regional Police Services Board, sits on the Durham Region Planning and Economic Development Committee, is the Treasurer of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Board of Directors (2022-2023), serves on the Elexicon Corporation Board of Directors where he Chairs the Administration Committee, is an active member of Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM), and is the Past Chair of the Durham Region Transit Executive Committee.

Mayor Collier also served as Council Liaison to the Ajax Anti-Black Racism Task Force. The task force was set up to listen to local Black voices and initiate concrete actions to support the Black community and other racialized groups in Ajax.

Mayor Collier is also an Armed Forces Veteran, accountant, and a chartered director. He raised his two children in Ajax and is proud husband to Rose Collier. 

 
Regional Ward 1 Councillor - Marilyn Crawford

Marilyn Crawford - Regional Councillor Ward 1

Marilyn Crawford

Regional Councillor Ward 1

Marilyn.crawford@ajax.ca 

Cell: 905-550-1133

Twitter: @CllrMCrawford
Facebook: Regional Councillor Marilyn Crawford, Deputy Mayor
Instagram: @Regional_Councillor_Ward_1

 

Marilyn has been active in politics since 2000 when she put her name on the ballot for Trustee of the Durham District School Board. Marilyn was a member of Ontario School Boards Association for 10 years representing trustees and school boards at the provincial level and was eventually elected as the Chair of the board in her last two years as a trustee.

In 2010, she ran for local council in Ajax and has served in this position for two terms. During these terms, she has been part of the Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee, Transportation Advisory Committee, Library Board, Ajax Municipal Housing Board, and Pickering Village BIA.

Since 2018 Marilyn has been a part of the Regional Council of the Town of Ajax and is currently the Chair of Durham Transit, and also sits on the Works Committee, Durham Region Community Safety and Well-Being Plan Steering Committee, Durham Region Vision Zero committee, Central Lake Ontario Conservation (CLOCA), Ajax Municipal Housing Corporation and Climate Change roundtable. 

Over the years, she has also become an advocate for parents of children with special needs.

Marilyn is a mother of two and grandmother of one and is a strong supporter of local Active School Travel initiatives and has a personal interest in an active lifestyle through activities like walking, running, biking and recently CrossFit.

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Councillor Ward 1 - Rob Tyler-Morin  

Rob Tyler Morin - Councillor Ward 1

Rob Tyler-Morin

Councillor Ward 1

Cell: 905-409-0572

rob.tylermorin@ajax.ca

Twitter: @CllrRTylerMorin
Facebook: Councillor Rob Tyler Morin
Instagram: @councillorrobtylermorin

Councillor Rob Tyler-Morin moved to Ajax in June 1992 with his wife Lisa (married 1988) and raised their 3 daughters Courtney, Jessica, and Bridgette here. He is also a very proud grandfather to Presley, Carter and Anthony. 

After attending Centennial College Business Program Rob co-founded and is a managing partner of the award winning, multi-national entertainment and event production company Two for the Show. Two for the Show is a member in good standing with the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade and Connecting GTA and has operated since 1990. Working at events in every Canadian province is a milestone that has fostered Rob a very unique perspective, knowledge and love of Canada. 

This is Rob's second term as Ward 1 Councillor but he has been active and committed to community service for many years. Rob has been the Town of Ajax Regional Councillor Alternate, Budget Chair, Council rep at Ajax Municipal Housing board and a member of Aiax/Pickering Road Watch. 

He has also served as Council Rep to Pickering Village BIA, Recreation and Culture Committee Chair, Chair of DRPS Neighbourhood Watch, member of the Lakeview Boulevard Community Group, member of the Ajax Volunteer Recognition Selection Committee and many more community initiatives. 

Additionally, through his business and in partnership with the Durham Regional Police Service, Rob is the founder of the Two for the Show/Durham Regional Police TSA Hope Annual Toy and Food Drive. He has also been a nominee for the Town of Ajax Civic Award for Outstanding Achievements and Contributions to the Community.

In the summer, when not performing his Council duties he enjoys getting away with family to their Bobcaygeon residence and boating on the Trent–Severn Waterway, Kawartha Lakes. 

Rob continues his commitment to full-time availability to his constituents.

Regional Ward 2 Councillor - Sterling Lee 

Sterling Lee - Regional Councillor Ward 2

Sterling Lee 

Regional Councillor Ward 2

Cell: 289-314-3861

Sterling.Lee@ajax.ca 

Twitter: @yourvoice4ajax 
Facebook: @yourvoice4ajax
Instagram: @yourvoice4ajax 
YouTube: @yourvoice4ajax. 

A resident of Ajax with his wife and 4-year-old son, Sterling Lee is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University where he majored in English Literature and Political Science. After 12 years within the technology sector; working with the likes of Rogers Communications and Microsoft, Sterling decided to make his way back to working in his past field of study: Politics.

For four years, Sterling served as the Senior Advisor and Stakeholder Relations Manager for the Honourable Mark Holland; where he was able to connect with Ajax residents and understand the needs of the community.

In 2018, Sterling won his first political campaign, becoming Ajax and Durham's youngest Regional Councillor. Throughout his term, he has had the pleasure of sitting on the Ajax Library Board, Durham Region's Planning and Economic Development Committee, the Durham Region Local Housing Corporation, the Business Advisory Centre of Durham Board, and Durham Region's Anti Racism Taskforce where he sits as its inaugural Chair.  As of June 2021, Sterling had made history as the Town of Ajax’s first racialized Deputy Mayor.

Councillor Ward 2 - Nancy Henry

Nancy Henry - Councillor Ward 2

Nancy Henry 

Councillor Ward 2

Cell: 289-660-2623

nancy.henry@ajax.ca 

 

Twitter: @CllrNHenry
Facebook: @cllr.nancyhenryajax 
Instagram: @cllrnhenry 
Website: www.nancyhenry.com 

Born in Toronto, Nancy and her family have been proud and active residents of Ajax since 2006.

Nancy’s community advocacy in Ajax dates back to her concern for the safety of her neighbours, stemming from the Twigg Drive pedestrian walkway, which had become a hot spot for high school student skirmishes.

Marshalling the community, Nancy chaired a group that worked with the local and regional Ward 2 Councillors to address this concern.  It took two years of diligent follow-up to get the walkway closed.  This successful initiative made it clear to Nancy that community advocacy was something that she felt strongly about, and something that her community looked to her for.

Realizing that safety was the primary concern, Nancy suggested a Neighbourhood Watch Program for her community with the Durham Regional Police. Soon after, Fishlock Park North Neighbourhood Watch, with over 300 homes was born.  

Nancy’s next community project, was to be the voice of residents who were against a 15-storey condo being built at Rossland and Harwood. 

Over the past 16 years Nancy has been advocating for residential causes not only within Ajax but has also been a committed volunteer on many boards and NGOs. Nancy has been a co-chair of the parent council at her child’s school and then at the board level with the Durham Catholic Parent Involment Committee. 

In 2017 Nancy was the proud and humble recipient of the Catholic Volunteer Award.

Since 2011, it has also been an absolute pleasure for Nancy to put together a float under the group name, The North Ajax Community Group, in the Ajax Santa Claus Parade.

Nancy brings several ‘firsts’ with her to the Town of Ajax: She is proud to be the first female Councillor of Ward 2. Count on a perspective from a different lens, as Nancy is also the first Councillor with multiple disabilities.

In the business world, Nancy was the first female Executive member of CAPPEM (Canadian Association of PPE Manufacturers), founded during COVID 19.

As a business owner of a Medical Supplies company, Nancy understands the pressures and needs of small businesses and their owners. She has lived experiences with the hard work, sacrifice and long hours of small business owners, and appreciates what these businesses mean to the owners and the community.

When she has some personal time, Nancy enjoys movies, reading, ComiCon, FanExpo, swimming, and time with her family.


 

In January 2024, I sent a letter to the Chair of the Durham District School Board to advocate for educational infrastructure for the students of Northeast Ajax and the Castlefield Community.  I will continue to advocate for action in planning for a new school for the area in need.  

Click here to view letter to DDSB re Educational Needs in Northeast Ajax

 Regional Ward 3 Councillor - Joanne Dies

Joanne Dies - Regional Councillor Ward 3

Joanne Dies 
Regional Councillor Ward 3

Cell: 905-626-1916

Joanne.dies@ajax.ca 

Twitter: @JoanneDies
Facebook: @JoanneDiesRegionalCouncillorWard3
Instagram: @joannedies

Joanne lives with her husband and two children in south Ajax. She is a certified dental assistant and worked in the field of dentistry for 25+ years, she has now left the dentistry field to focus on her Council duties. Joanne has been an active community volunteer for more than 20 years. She brought along 11 years of community experience to the Council when she was elected as Councillor for Ward 3 in 2003. She now boasts 15+ years of Ajax Council experience after being elected as Regional Councillor Ward 3.

As an environmentalist, she works to protect Ajax's green space and parks while fighting to protect the Ajax waterfront. Joanne has been co-chair of PACT-POW, Pickering Ajax Citizens Together Protecting our Water, since 2012. This grassroots organization successfully made the algae issue on the waterfront the number one issue in the provincial election.

Joanne also championed the creation of Ajax’s first community garden. St Andrew’s Community Garden has been open and thriving since fall 2010. Likewise, she has advocated space for off leash parks, Ajax was the first municipality in the Region of Durham to open two leash free areas.

A proven advocate for Ajax's history and built heritage, she initiated "Doors Open" and supported the Heritage Conservation District in Pickering Village.

As one of the founding members and past president of the Pickering Concert Community Band, Joanne became active in promoting cultural arts in the community. She is a past member of the PineRidge Arts Council, and helped organize the first Juried Art Show for Durham artists and Artfest on the Esplanade.

Joanne was also very committed to public education. She was the former Durham liaison for People for Education, the School Community Council (SCC), Chair at Duffin's Bay Public School and a member of the Durham District School Board SCC Steering Committee and Special Education Review Committee. Joanne is also the past chair and member of the Ajax Cultural Arts Advisory Committee, and past president of the Board for Community Development Council Durham.

 Councillor Ward 3 - Lisa Bower

Lisa Bower - Councillor Ward 3

Lisa Bower 
Councillor Ward 3

Cell: 905-409-0464

lisa.bower@ajax.ca

Twitter: @Lisaforajax
Facebook: @LisaForAjax
Instagram: @lisaforajax

 

Born in Ajax, Lisa grew up in Toronto and moved back to Ajax in 1999 to raise her family. She is the proud single mother of two wonderful adult children and their partners, and her loyal dog Jojo!

Lisa's journey to Ajax Council began decades ago with her involvement in the community, starting at her children's schools and then at the school board level.

An ingrained enthusiasm for volunteerism has guided Lisa's involvement with many organizations throughout the years including Feed the Need Durham, Food Banks Canada, Canadian Cancer Society, Fiesta Filipina Dance Troupe, and most recently with Durham Outlook for the Needy, and Girls Inc.

Professionally, Lisa has worked for over 30 years in the financial and insurance industry with expertise in training & development and building client service relationships.

When Lisa was first elected to Ajax Council in 2018, she became the first female elected official of Filipino heritage in Ajax and Durham Region. 

Since joining Council, Lisa has served on the Ajax Heritage Advisory Committee, Ajax Accessibility Committee, Downtown Ajax BIA, Ajax Homelessness Task Force, Ajax Indigenous Community and Healing Garden Committee, Ajax Pickering Butterflyway Rangers, and the Ajax Pickering Road Watch Committee. Lisa enjoys being part of a team and welcomes opportunities to learn and grow.

Lisa’s involvement in the community is her passion and she was voted Ajax Pickering News Advertiser Readers’ Choice Best Local Politician in 2020 & 2021. 

In her personal time, Lisa enjoys movie and game nights and planning road trips with her family!