The Town of Aurora establishes local boards and committees to make recommendations to Council regarding some public services. Statutory committees and local boards are established under the authority of provincial legislation and/or municipal by-law.

Board and Committee Recruitments

Applications for the Aurora Public Library Board are now closed.

The Town of Aurora will begin 2022-2026 term recruitment for the remaining Boards and Committees in February 2023.

Applicant Information

Appointment to advisory committees is open to all residents of Aurora, owners of land within the municipality or a tenant of land in Aurora.  Potential applicants are encouraged to review the Committee Terms of Reference, Policy for Committees and Local Boards, and Code of Conduct for Local Boards prior to applying. Applications must be submitted to the Town on the approved application form. Most Committees include volunteer members of the public and members of Council.

How to Apply for a Board or Committee

Application forms can be submitted online or by mail to 100 John West Way, P.O. Box 1000, Aurora, ON L4G 6J1. Contact the Clerk's Office if you require the application form in an alternate format.

Thank you for your interest in serving on a Town of Aurora Local Board or Committee!

Frequently Asked Questions

 Who is qualified to be appointed to a Board or Committee?

Citizen members must be a resident of Aurora, or an owner of land in Aurora, or a tenant of land for business tax purposes as shown on the last revised assessment roll for the Town of Aurora.

Additionally, citizen members cannot be employees of the Town.  The Aurora Public Library Board has an additional requirement that citizen members be at least 18 years of age, and not an employee of the Library.

How often do Boards and Committees meet?
The regular meeting day and time for each Board or Committee is noted in its respective Terms of Reference. The Aurora Public Library Board typically meets once each month, with the exception of July and August.
How many Boards and Committees can I serve on at the same time?
Citizen members may only serve on one (1) Local Board or Committee at the same time without Council’s specific approval.
What is the application process?

To be considered for appointment, you must complete the approved application form online. You are encouraged to upload additional information (such as a resume or personal statement) when submitting your application form.

Contact the Clerk's Office if you require the application form in an alternate format. 

 What is the application deadline?

Application deadlines will be outlined in the recruitment messaging above. 

What happens after I submit an application?

Legislative Services will review all applications to ensure compliance with the Policy for Ad Hoc/Advisory Committees and Local Boards. Complete applications will be provided to Council who will decide which applicants to appoint to the Boards and Committees. All applicants will be informed of Council’s decisions.

If you are selected to join a Board or Committee, you will be asked to take a Declaration of Office, and may be asked to attend a training session. (Training sessions may be scheduled for the first meeting of a Board or Committee.)

Further Information

For further information please contact Jaclyn Grossi, Deputy Town Clerk.

Email: clerks@aurora.ca

Telephone: 905-726-4768

Questions can be directed to Legislative Services by email or by phone at 905-726-4768.

2018-2022 Local Boards and Committees

Accessibility Advisory Committee (statutory)

The Town of Aurora is committed to ensuring equal access to all programs, services and facilities. The Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) is committed to making sure people of all ages and abilities have the same opportunities as they live, work or visit our Town. The AAC advises Town Council in the preparation, implementation and effectiveness of its Accessibility Plan. The AAC provides a forum for persons with disabilities to raise issues and concerns, and provides advice and guidance to Town Council concerning policies, practices, services and programs.

Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) 2018-2022

Member of Council

  • Councillor John Gallo

Citizen Members

  • Matthew Abas (Vice Chair)
  • Max Le Moine
  • John Lenchak 
  • Hailey Reiss 
  • Jo-anne Spitzer
  • Rachelle Stinson (Chair)

Staff Liaison

  • Gregory Peri, Accessibility Advisor

Terms of Reference

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Anti-Black Racism and Anti-Racism Task Force

Anti-Black Racism and Anti-Racism Task Force 2018-2022

Member of Council

  • Councillor Harold Kim

Citizen Members

  • Edlene Antonio
  • Shivangi Bagga
  • Jennie Dekkema (Vice Chair)
  • Noor El-Dassouki (Chair)
  • Keenan Hull
  • Mae Khamissa
  • Mark Lewis

Staff Liaison

  • Techa van Leeuwen, Director of Corporate Services

Terms of Reference

Aurora Appeal Tribunal (statutory)

The Aurora Appeal Tribunal is appointed by Council to conduct quasi-judicial hearings in respect to appeals pertaining to the Town's Licensing By-law and Animal Services By-law.

Aurora Appeal Tribunal (AAT) 2018-2022

Citizen Members

  • Steven D'Angeli
  • Linda Duringer
  • Daniel Lajeunesse (Vice Chair)
  • David Mhango
  • Tom Plamondon (Chair)

Terms of Reference

Aurora Business Improvement Area

The Aurora Business Improvement Area (BIA) is a volunteer run organization committed to improving and promoting the Aurora Historical Business District.

Through investment and advocacy the goal is to build and maintain its position as Aurora's premier shopping, business and entertainment destinations.

Benefits include:

  • Increased community interest and pride in the business area.
  • Improvement of the physical environment, including parking, benches, flowers, planters, special street lighting, improved streetscapes, art and beautification projects.
  • Marketing and promotion of the area as a business and shopping community, including organized community events, public relations programs and advertising campaigns.
  • Advocating on behalf of its members at Council meetings, seminars and public meetings.
  • Increased cost savings to the membership through improved integration of capital funding and promotional activities (competitive edge and economies of scale)
  • BIA Boundary Map

How does the BIA work?
The BIA is managed by a volunteer Board of Management elected from its members.

The Directors, serving a four-year term concurrent with the term of Council, are to be selected by a vote of the Members and subsequently appointed by Council.

The Board works on behalf of the its BIA members and meets regularly to develop budgets, set priorities, implement capital improvements, plan festivals and promote its business area.

Once the BIA members approve the budget and Council ratifies it, funds are raised through a levy on all commercial and industrial properties with the BIA's boundary. The BIA uses their own money in an ongoing effort to draw more prospective customers to their area by improving attractiveness of the area and promoting it as a good place to shop, visit and do business.

After a BIA is approved by Council, every commercial property within its boundaries automatically becomes a member. There are no exceptions, under the principle that all who benefit should be required to bear their fair share of the cost of the program.

Aurora BIA Board of Management
The Directors of the Board of Management act in a position of public trust for the membership along with the community and are responsible for the effective governance of the organization. The composition of the Board is one director appointed directly by Council and the remaining eight directors are selected by a vote of the Members and subsequently appointed by the Council.

Related Documents

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Aurora Economic Development Corporation

The Aurora Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) is a non-share, not-for-profit corporation, incorporated under the Business Corporations Act and Municipal Act, 2001. On behalf of the Council of the Town of Aurora, the AEDC provides strategic leadership and coordination of community economic development. The AEDC works with partners (provincial, regional and federal governments, community agencies, educational institutions and local businesses) to strengthen and diversify existing business, attract new business and investment, and coordinate strategic economic development initiatives within the community.

AEDC Appointed Board Members

Members of Council

  • Mayor Tom Mrakas
  • Councillor Harold Kim

Citizen Members

  • Tim Hammill (Chair)
  • Marilee Harris (Vice-Chair)
  • Nancy Brndiar
  • Vern Cunningham
  • Richard Gong
  • Steve Hinder
  • Mae Khamissa
  • Keith Loo
  • Thai Pham
  • Craig Youdale

Related Documents

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Aurora Public Library Board (statutory)

The Aurora Public Library Board oversees the planning and policy decisions related to the Aurora Public Library service.

Aurora Public Library Board (APLB) 2018-2022

Members of Council

  • Councillor John Gallo
  • Councillor Sandra Humfryes

Citizen Members

  • John Clement
  • Tom Connor (Chair)
  • Adam Mobbs (Vice Chair)
  • Marie Rankel
  • Ken Turriff

Staff

  • Bruce Gorman, Secretary/Treasurer and Chief Executive Officer

Terms of Reference

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Committee of Adjustment (statutory)

The Ontario Planning Act establishes the authority for the Committee of Adjustment to make decisions on minor variances, permissions and consents on property, submitted by the applicant and/or their agent. The Committee of Adjustment is a committee appointed by Council comprised of five residents of the Town that meets on a monthly basis.

Committee of Adjustment 2018-2022

Citizen Members

  • Steven D'Angeli
  • Linda Duringer
  • Daniel Lajeunesse (Vice Chair)
  • David Mhango
  • Tom Plamondon (Chair)

Terms of Reference

For more information regarding Committee of Adjustment applications and guidelines, please visit the Committee of Adjustment page.

Resources

Community Advisory Committee

The Community Advisory Committee advises and assists staff on matters relating to parks, trails, recreation, active transportation, and other matters of interest to the community.

Community Advisory Committee (CAC) 2018-2022

Member of Council

  • Councillor Sandra Humfryes

Citizen Members

  • Shivangi Bagga
  • Earl Cochrane
  • Chris Gordon
  • Balpreet Grewal
  • Denis Heng
  • Janet Mitchell 
  • Jennifer Sault
  • Laura Thanasse (Chair)
  • Sera Weiss (Vice Chair)

Staff Liaison

  • Techa van Leeuwen, Director of Corporate Services

Terms of Reference

Community Recognition Review Advisory Committee

The Community Recognition Review Advisory Committee was formed to support Town staff in various aspects of the annual Community Recognition Awards event and report to Council on any outcomes and/or changes as required.

Community Recognition Review Advisory Committee (CRRAC) 2018-2022

Member of Council

  • Mayor Tom Mrakas

Citizen Members

  • Diane Buchanan
  • Erin Cerenzia (Chair)
  • Paul Martin
  • Elaine Martini
  • Brian North (Vice Chair)
  • Jo-anne Spitzer

Staff Liaison

  • Shelley Ware, Supervisor, Special Events

Terms of Reference

Environmental Advisory Committee

The Environmental Advisory Committee was established to address ongoing climate change, adaptation and mitigation initiatives, energy conservation, environmental matters, and to contribute comments on the development of the Climate Change Adaptation Plan and toward implementation of the Community Energy Plan, the Corporate Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan, the Corporate Environmental Action Plan, and York Region's Climate Change Action Plan.

Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) 2018-2022

Members of Council

  • Councillor Wendy Gaertner (Vice Chair)
  • Councillor Rachel Gilliland (Chair)

Citizen Members

  • Barry Bridgeford
  • Colin Brown
  • Sam Cunningham
  • Ashley Gatto Casagrande
  • Ryan Hamid
  • Sandy Hudson
  • Crystal Robertson

Staff Liaisons

  • Sebastian Contarin, Energy and Climate Change Analyst
  • Anca Mihail, Manager of Engineering and Capital Delivery

Terms of Reference

Finance Advisory Committee

The Finance Advisory Committee assists Council and the Corporation in fulfilling its fiscal responsibilities by reviewing and recommending on the long-range corporate financial planning process, capital planning initiatives, and fiscal policy matters.

The Committee mandate includes proactive advance input into the annual budgeting processes, with a view to enhancing reporting and analysis mechanisms, to ensure we are delivering value programs and services in the most effective and efficient manner.

Finance Advisory Committee (FAC) 2018-2022

Members of Council

  • Mayor Tom Mrakas (Chair)
  • Councillor Harold Kim
  • Councillor Michael Thompson

Staff Liaisons

  • Doug Nadorozny, Chief Administrative Officer
  • Rachel Wainwright-van Kessel, Director of Finance

Terms of Reference

Heritage Advisory Committee (statutory)

The Heritage Advisory Committee advises and assists Council on all matters relating to the conservation of buildings of historic or architectural value and on all matters relating to the designation and preservation of heritage conservation districts in accordance with the Ontario Heritage Act.

The Committee does not advise or assist on new planning and development, except for new applications within the heritage resource area identified in the Town of Aurora's Official Plan and on all properties as defined in Part IV and Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.

Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC) 2018-2022

Member of Council

  • Councillor Sandra Humfryes

Citizen Members

  • John Green (Aurora Historical Society Representative)
  • Matthew Kinsella
  • Jeff Lanthier (Chair)
  • Robert Lounds
  • Bob McRoberts (Honorary Member) (Vice Chair)
  • Hoda Soliman

Staff Liaison

  • (Vacancy), Planner/Heritage Planning

Terms of Reference

For more information regarding applications, please visit the Heritage Planning page, contact the Planner at 365-500-3104, or email the Planning department.

Joint Council Committee (Central York Fire Services) (statutory)

A Joint Committee of the Municipal Councils of Aurora and Newmarket was formed and constituted as of January 1, 2002, for the purposes of providing and administering fire protection and preventive services for both municipalities in accordance with the Consolidated Fire Services Agreement.

Joint Council Committee (JCC) 2018-2022

Members of Council

Newmarket

  • Deputy Mayor/Regional Councillor Tom Vegh
  • Councillor Christina Bisanz
  • Councillor Kelly Broome

Aurora

  • Councillor John Gallo
  • Councillor Rachel Gilliland
  • Councillor Michael Thompson

Central York Fire Services

  • Ian Laing, Fire Chief
  • Rocco Volpe, Deputy Chief
  • Jeremy Inglis, Deputy Chief
  • Claude Duval, Assistant Deputy Chief

Newmarket Staff

  • Ian McDougall, Chief Administrative Officer
  • Mike Mayes, Director of Financial Services

Aurora Staff

  • Doug Nadorozny, Chief Administrative Officer
  • Rachel Wainwright-van Kessel, Director of Finance

Terms of Reference

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Mayor's Golf Classic Funds Committee

The Mayor's Golf Classic Funds Committee was formed to oversee the distribution of a "Community Initiatives Fund" generated from the annual Aurora Mayor's Charity Golf Classic.

Mayor's Golf Classic Funds Committee (MGCFC) 2018-2022

Citizen Members

  • Barb Allan
  • Wendy Browne
  • Rosalyn Gonsalves
  • Koula Koliviras (Chair)
  • Heidi Schellhorn

Staff Liaisons

  • Jason Gaertner, Manager, Financial Management Services
  • Michael de Rond, Town Clerk

Terms of Reference

Related Links

Property Standards Committee (statutory)

The Property Standards Committee is appointed by Council to sit and hear appeals of any Orders to Comply issued by staff under the Town's Property Standards By-law relating to the conditions of properties in Town.

Property Standards Committee (PSC) 2018-2022 

Citizen Members

  • Steven D'Angeli
  • Linda Duringer
  • Daniel Lajeunesse (Vice Chair)
  • David Mhango
  • Tom Plamondon (Chair)

Terms of Reference

2018-2022 Ad Hoc Committees

Governance Review Ad Hoc Committee

The Governance Review Ad Hoc Committee was formed to review and provide advice on governance issues related to the Town, including Council composition, structure, and compensation, and election provisions.

Governance Review Ad Hoc Committee (GRAHC) 2018-2022

Citizen Members

  • Steve Hinder
  • Bill Hogg
  • Terry Jones
  • Tim Jones

Staff Liaison

  • Michael de Rond, Town Clerk

Terms of Reference

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