About Mary

Hello, my name is Mary Asselstine. Many of you may know me for my advocacy for the Dufferin Marsh and my passion for the environment. In fact, some of the local kids call me the “frog lady.” And while that is true, I have many other passions, including safe, healthy and vibrant communities.

Schomberg has been my home for more than 30 years. During this time, I have advocated through volunteer activities, school events, and sports clubs and worked for and with the Township to strengthen and build our communities. I have built strong relationships with other groups and volunteers to ensure that everyone has a voice in change. In addition to my years of experience in the volunteer sector, I ran a local business for a number of years on Main Street Schomberg and understand many of the opportunities and challenges of local business owners.

With a Master’s degree in Geography from York University, I have worked for the federal, provincial and Township governments. Through my many years of experience I have gained diverse skills in municipal planning, budgeting, grant writing and project management. In my teamwork advocacy, I have helped raise or leverage almost a million dollars for projects in King Township. I am currently an active member in the Schomberg Community Farm and the Dufferin Marsh Nature Connection. I have worked hard for this community and will continue to work for positive change for Ward 4.

Background and Experience

Education
Undergraduate Degree – Trent University – geography and biology
Master’s Degree – York University – geography – water resources

Employment
Federal Government – geologist – 3 years
Conservation Authorities – planner – 12 years
Kortright Centre – teacher – 10 years
Township of King – environmental stewardship coordinator – 10 years

Community Involvement
Bakery Business – 3 years
Schomberg Business Association – executive – 1 year
Dufferin Marsh Committee (Nature Connection) – executive – founding member – 28 years
Schomberg Softball Association – executive – 2 years
Schomberg Figure Skating Club – executive – 5 years
Schomberg Community Farm – executive – 4 years – founding member
Emmanuel Presbyterian Church – bulletin secretary 12 years – elder – 3 years

Community Partnerships
Schomberg Lions
Schomberg Village Association

Community Fundraising
DMNC – +/- $600,000
Schomberg Community Farm – +/- $200,000

What I believe

I believe in a Vision for King that focuses on local job creation, effective public transportation, and protecting ecosystems.

I believe in a vision for Ward 4 that focuses on protecting cultural heritage, supporting local businesses, promoting energy efficiency, providing walkable communities, providing healthy and safe communities, protecting the natural environment, and integrating the built environment with the natural environment.

I believe that this can be done through effective two-way communication, supporting and empowering local community groups and businesses, and promoting planning and development that address the needs of the community first.