Pray for the Municipal Government

Father, we ask for Your wisdom and Your guidance for the Regional Government. Help them to see, understand, and trust Your plan for our Region. We ask You would reveal where corrections need to be made for our Region to best serve people of all demographics, races and socioeconomic situations. May our elected officials continue to find joy and strength as they serve the people of Waterloo Region and conduct themselves with integrity, excellence and with a deep commitment to service. Amen.

Below is information on all the members of the Regional Council and the committees they serve on. Please take time to pray for them individually.

Please note that all 7 mayors are also part of the Regional Council. Watch for a separate post about the mayors later on in the 50 days of prayer on May 13.


Karen Redman
Regional Chair

Karen has been dedicated to public service for more than 20 years. She has represented the community at several levels of government including federal, municipal and the board of education. Prior to being elected as Chair, she served on Regional Council as a representative for the City of Kitchener.

Karen has a Master’s degree in Political Science, as well as an Honour’s Bachelor’s degree in English.

Among her professional endeavours, Karen served as Chief Executive Officer at Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region from 2010 to 2018.

In other community activities, Karen has served as Chair of the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region, President of the Rotary Club of Kitchener 2014-2015 and a Board Member of Martin Lutheran University College (formerly Waterloo Lutheran Seminary). Karen is also an elder at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian church in Kitchener. Karen is the recipient of the Queens Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.

Karen Redman is a life-long resident of Waterloo Region. She currently resides in Kitchener and she and her husband Warren have four grown children.


Elizabeth Clarke
Councillor, Kitchener

Elizabeth is the Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo, where she has worked for the past 18 years. She is a part-time Practicum Professor with Wilfrid Laurier University’s Master of Social Work program, and has over 25 years’ experience as a social worker and social work manager and administrator in the not-for-profit sector. Elizabeth is married and has three adult sons.

Standing Committees

  • Administration and Finance
  • Audit
  • Budget
  • Community Services, Chair
  • Licensing and Hearings
  • Planning and Works

Jim Erb
Councillor, Waterloo

Jim has been a life long resident of Waterloo Region. He was fortunate to be raised in small town Ontario – the Village of Wellesley, by parents who modelled the importance of caring for one another and the community you live in. He is married to Marianne (Schmidt) Erb and together they have two married sons and seven grandchildren. Jim values the opportunity to have lived in both the rural and urban settings of our Region. His Father, Albert Erb, was Mayor of Wellesley and a member of Waterloo Regional Council from 1981 to 1991.

Jim has been a life long member of Erb Street Mennonite Church in Waterloo where has assumed a variety of leadership positions. He has also been part of many interfaith and ecumenical initiatives to help create an inclusive and tolerant community.

Standing Committees

  • Administration and Finance
  • Budget
  • Community Services
  • Economic Development
  • Licensing and Hearings
  • Planning and Works

Tom Galloway
Councillor, Kitchener

Tom is a life-long resident of Kitchener, having gone to local elementary and secondary schools and the University of Waterloo, where he received his Bachelor of Arts. Tom is retired from a career at the University of Waterloo. Tom lives in Kitchener and has five grown children and ten grandchildren.

In his free time, Tom is very active in the community. He is well-known for his more than 50 years as an off-ice official for the Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club. He was also Associate Chair for the World Fastball Championships and was a member of the bid committee for Canada’s Special Olympics. He has coached minor hockey, ringette and T-ball.

Standing Committees

  • Administration and Finance
  • Audit
  • Budget
  • Community Services
  • Economic Development
  • Planning and Works, Chair

Michael Harris
Councillor, Kitchener

Michael is a tireless advocate for the people of Waterloo Region and looks forward to continuing his service as a Regional Councillor (Kitchener). After almost 7 years as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener Conestoga Michael brings a wealth of experience and leadership at the provincial level.

Michael is a proud graduate of Conestoga College and The University of Guelph and has completed the Leadership Waterloo Region program. In October 2017 he graduated from the University of Guelph with a Masters in Leadership from the school of Business & Economics.

Michael currently resides in Kitchener’s Doon South with his wife Sarah, children; Brayden, Murphy, Lincoln, Rosy and their dog Eliot.

Standing Committees

  • Administration and Finance
  • Budget 
  • Community Services
  • Economic Development
  • Planning and Works

Helen Jowett
Councillor, Cambridge

She believes strongly that a healthy prosperous community is achieved by the ability of leaders in business, education and government to collaborate and engage constituents.

Helen is a Certified Human Resources Professional and Mediator and holds a Master’s in Business Administration. She has also been an advocate on various business and community boards.

As a member of Regional Council, the three areas that Helen plans to focus on are taxes, infrastructure and jobs.

Helen lives with her husband Marc. She has two adult daughters, Ashlee and Dani, and four grandsons, Caleb, Eli, Lockie, and Iver.

Standing Committees

  • Administration and Finance, Vice-Chair
  • Audit
  • Budget, Vice-Chair
  • Community Services
  • Economic Development
  • Planning and Works

Karl Kiefer
Councillor, Cambridge

He has lived in Cambridge for 64 years, and served as a Ward Councillor there for 23 years.

As a member of Regional Council, Karl believes that some of the most important issues are transportation and infrastructure, affordable housing, and the local economy and employment. Karl also strongly believes in the importance of accountability to the people that elected him to office, and hopes to serve the Region with a candid and approachable mentality that will allow him to be responsive to the needs of the Region.

Karl is Director of Business Development for The Steele Group in Cambridge. He is also involved with his community as a volunteer for Preston International Hockey Tournaments, Tim Horton’s Camp Days, and McDonald’s McHappy Days. Karl is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 126), the YMCA and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Cambridge.

Karl and his wife, Kathryn, have a son, daughter, granddaughter and grandson.

Standing Committees

  • Administration and Finance
  • Budget
  • Community Services
  • Planning and Works

Geoff Lorentz
Councillor, Kitchener

Geoff is retired from Canada Post where he was employed for 38 years. The former owner of Winexpert Kitchener, Geoff is currently the on-site property manager for several Commercial properties owned by the Voisin Group of Companies. He is also the owner of a small business.

Geoff is an Honorary Life Director for United Way Waterloo Region Communities and volunteered for the Heart and Stroke Foundation for a number of years.

He is an involved grandfather and father. Geoff and his wife Debbie have three adult children and five grandchildren. In his free time, Geoff enjoys travelling, kayaking and reading.

Standing Committees

  • Administration and Finance
  • Budget
  • Community Services
  • Licensing and Hearings
  • Planning and Works

Sean Strickland
Councillor, Waterloo

Sean is a life-long resident of Kitchener-Waterloo and lives in Waterloo with his wife and two children. He attended St. Jerome’s High School in Kitchener and graduated from Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Institute. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Waterloo. He has also completed the Master Manager program at Wilfrid Laurier University and has attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

Sean has been committed to the community throughout his life. He served as the executive director of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region from 1990 to 2003 and was active on the Executive of the Ontario Association and Canadian Association of Food Banks. He is also the proud recipient of the Canada 125 Medal for Community Service. He has served on numerous community boards and committees including the Highland-Stirling Community Group, Catholic Family Counselling Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University Board, Project Lift Board and the Grand River Hospital Board. Sean has also been active coaching minor sports in Kitchener, Waterloo and Woolwich.

Standing Committees

  • Administration and Finance, Chair
  • Audit, Chair
  • Budget, Chair
  • Community Services
  • Planning and Works