Joanne Vanderheyden
Third Vice-President
Joanne Vanderheyden is the mayor of the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc, ON.

The Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc is the place where I was born, raised, attended school and church, worked, was married, and raised my children. My family has deep roots here and I am proud to say that my mother and each of my five brothers and sisters still live right here because we know this is a great place to live, work and play.

As a lifelong resident, I have seized every opportunity to volunteer, to build my community, and to hone my leadership skills. Whether as a 4-H leader, a mentor to several young women, as a two-term Recreation Board member, or as the Chair of the London-Middlesex Health Unit, each of these roles prepared me for the next by pushing me to give even more. This progression prompted me to serve my community by running for Council, by serving four terms as Deputy Mayor, and as Mayor.

Innovative economic development, sustainable infrastructure renewal, job creation, fiscal prudence and responsible growth each formed key planks in my administrative focus since first being elected as a Councillor in 1994. Then, as Warden of Middlesex County in 2006, 2010, 2011 and again in 2014, and as Mayor of Strathroy-Caradoc starting in 2010, I found opportunities to be an advocate for the people and communities of Strathroy-Caradoc. 

I have cooperatively worked with government agencies, community groups and with charities such as the Women’s Rural Resource Centre, Community Living, minor sports, Scouting, my church and with other organizations to build our neighbourhoods into inclusive and well-serviced communities; and I am tremendously proud of the work that we have accomplished together.

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