Town of Holyrood Council is made up of seven (7) citizens from the town. The Council meets regularly and is active in all area of Municipal governance.
Gary was first elected to Council in 1993, and has served as Councillor, Deputy Mayor, and the past 11 years as Mayor.
He holds the designation of NFPA Level 2 firefighter from Oklahoma State University. He has also obtained diplomas in Fire Service Leadership & Fire Service Administration from Dalhousie University.
Gary retired from the department in 2022 after a wonderful and rewarding career.
In 2012, he was honoured to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his leadership and dedication to his community.
As current Mayor, Gary remains mindful of the trust and confidence placed in him and his Council as they make important decisions on behalf of residents.
Deputy Mayor Michele Woodford is serving her first term on Council. She was born and has lived most of her life in Holyrood with her husband, William Synyard and their 2 children, Dylan and Ashley.
Over the years, she has volunteered on school councils, serving as Chair of both Holy Cross and Roncalli High schools. Her ability to connect with people helped build the Holy Cross School Breakfast Program
to one of the best on the island, serving almost the entire school population every morning with the help of over 60 volunteers she had recruited. Michele’s belief in volunteering and giving back to your community led her to the Royal Canadian Legion where her work on the Ladies Auxiliary bought her to Chair the Entertainment Committee and eventually President of the Auxiliary. She also volunteered with the Holy Cross Church children’s liturgy program, the Roncalli Christmas Raffles, Graduation Committees, and Chair of the Roncalli 50 th Anniversary committee. Michele has also served many years on the Executive of the Personal Care Home Owners Association and was also a member on various Liaison Committees within the Department of Health.
Michele believes that the strength of community lies in the strength of the connections we have with each other. Her goal is to help build a stronger relationship between Council and residents through open and transparent dialogue and community engagement.
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Laura is looking forward to serving as a Councillor for the next four years and helping to promote family, community, and well-being in our town. She has a BSc in Biology from Dalhousie University, a BEd in Primary/ Elementary from Memorial University, a MEd in Information Technology along with several diplomas, certifications in technology and education.
Bruce is looking forward to serving as a member of the Holyrood council for the next four years and helping to move our town forward for the benefit of all its residents. He is originally from a small community in Conception Bay North, called Perry’s Cove. After graduating from high school, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces on Aug 19, 1976.
Bruce and his wife Dorothy moved to Holyrood in April 2001, their son Adam was born on May 20th 2002. Being on council is a great opportunity to give back to the community he now calls Home.
Sadie was born and raised in Holyrood. She graduated from Memorial University with BA(ED) and taught school in Holyrood for 32yrs. After 24 years on Council, Sadie is looking forward to serving the residents for another 4 years. After serving her community for this long, she remains very passionate and proud of her community.
Councillor Winsor moved to Holyrood almost 10 years ago with his family.
With over 20 years of experience in Engineering & Project Management, he was suited for the Infrastructure and Public Works Committee. Steve has extensive community volunteering experience;