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Councilor Mary Asselstine's official headshot for King Township. She is wearing a black suit, long silver earrings, and a pearl necklace.

meet mary

Our Community, Your Advocate.

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My Story

Mary Asselstine was elected as Ward 4 Councillor for the Township of King in 2022.

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Looking for a community to settle in north of Toronto, Mary and her husband discovered the quaint rural village of Schomberg in 1985 and made Main Street their home. It wasn’t long before Mary was caught up in rural life.

 

With her growing family, she volunteered on the boards of many established community groups and was actively involved in community events and activities. In addition, she took a leadership role and, recognizing the need and opportunity, helped found three dynamic community groups that are helping to shape the future of King Township today: Dufferin Marsh Nature Connection, Schomberg Community Farm, and Climate Action King. Fundraising became an important part of her advocacy, and she helped raise the equivalent of almost a $1 million to support community building in Schomberg. 

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Mary has worked for both the Township of King and the Conservation Authorities building a network of friends and contacts. Through her employment and education, she has developed skills in municipal planning, project management and ecology.

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Mary will continue to work hard for Ward 4 and will support the vision for King Township, encouraging it towards a more sustainable and community-focused future.  

Community involvement

Dufferin Marsh Nature Connection

Executive & founding member. 32 years of service (active).

Schomberg Community Farm

Executive & founding member. 5 years of service (active).

Climate Action King

Executive & founding member. 5 years of service (active).

Unplugged on Main.

Producer & founding member. 2 years of service (on hiatus due to COVID-19).

Schomberg Business Association

Executive. 1 years of service.

Schomberg Softball Association

Executive. 2 years of service.

Schomberg Figure Skating Club

Executive. 5 years of service.

Emmanuel Presbyterian Church

Secretary, 14 years of service. Elder, 7 years of service (active).

Bakery Business

Small business owner. 3 years.

Community PARTNERSHIPS

Schomberg Lions Club

Schomberg Village Association (A Main Street Christmas)

Schomberg Street Gallery

Nature Conservancy of Canada

Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

Township of King

Community fundraising

Dufferin Marsh Nature Connection

+/- $600,000 in funds

Schomberg Community Farm

+/- $200,000 in funds

awards

Canadian Wildlife Federation

Roland Michener Conservation Award, 2022

Township of King

Volunteer Award

Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

Water Conservation Award, 2012

Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

Education Award, 2001

Education

Trent University

Undergraduate Degree | Geography & Biology

York University

Master's Degree | Geography & Water Resources

Employment

Federal Government

Geologist. 3 years of employment.

Conservation Authorities

Planner. 12 years of employment.

Kortright Centre

Teacher. 10 years of employment.

Township of King

Environmental Stewardship Coordinator. 10 years of employment.

your feedback

Katie Konstantopoulos,

Ward 4 Resident

“How many young folks would spend an hour in a political candidate's office on a late Friday evening? Not many. But positive vibes are already radiating from this office space.
 
So great to witness how these young folks felt comfortable sharing their needs and generating ideas with you!👏🏼 ”

Nominators of the 2022 Roland Michener Conservation Award,

Canadian Wildlife Federation

“Mary Asselstine focuses on protecting cultural heritage, supporting local businesses, promoting energy efficiency, providing walkable, healthy and safe communities, protecting the natural environment and integrating the built environment with the natural environment....
Asselstine is a force of nature and a force for nature. ”
Mary Asselstine focuses on protecting cultural heritage, supporting local businesses, promoting energy efficiency, providing walkable, healthy and safe communities, protecting the natural environment and integrating the built environment with the natural environment.

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Honourable Deb Schulte,

Former MP for King - Vaughan

“I have known mary for many years and had the pleasure of working with mary on her many significant community projects.
 
She is hard working, community inspired, and will do an excellent job of representing you on municipal council. ”
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