Our Mission

Our mission is to help make Amherstburg the best small town in Ontario to live, to visit and to enjoy as judged by its economy, quality of life, environment and inclusiveness.


our vision

Amherstburg - a great place to visit and an even better place to live.


Our Values



To work towards an environment that helps maintain or improve overall health (body, mind, spirit) of all citizens and visitors.



To encourage citizens and visitors to do something, learn more, create more, become motivated and feel good about themselves and the town.



To be inclusive and welcoming to all by including diversity and tolerance in all aspects of our governance.

Our Team


Richard Peddie – president

Like many growing up in Essex Country Richard enjoyed Boblo as a child and a teen. So when he and is wife Colleen were looking for a special second residence he chose to come back to his roots and build a home on the island. Retired as president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (Maple Leafs, Raptors,Toronto FC), today Richard is an author (best selling Dream Job and 21 Leadership Lessons), climate activist (Climate Reality graduate), mentor (American Marketing Association Hall of Legends), naturalist (ERCA Clifford Hatch Conservation Award), philanthropist (Richard & Colleen Peddie Foundation) and leader (Richard Peddie Leadership Initiative Odette business school).


Chris gibb – vice-president

Chris Gibb is the owner of Gibb Insurance Brokers Inc. a local provider of property & casualty insurance for Amherstburg and the surrounding region. Chris began his career in the financial services industry in 1996 and for the last 10 years has been building and managing Gibb Insurance. A "life long" Amherstburg resident, Chris graduated from the University of Windsor with a degree in Psychology, is married to his wife Sarah and they have three wonderful daughters.


DAvid Beneteau – treasurer

David Beneteau is President of CenterLine (Windsor) Ltd, a manufacturer of
turnkey assembly systems for the global automotive industry. David’s
Amherstburg roots go back many generations and four generations of his
family are spread throughout the Town. While David would prefer to stay out
of the public arena, the Amherstburg Community Foundation is a unique
opportunity to work with community leaders who are passionate and committed
to realizing community projects that will make Amherstburg an even better
place to live.


Lori Wightman - Administrative director

Lori Wightman is a resource assistant at Amherstburg's historic Carnegie library which is the perfect career for someone who always wants to be learning and helping. Lori has spent the last 20 years working to bring the best outcomes to the people she represents on Parent Advisory Committees, the Ontario Library Workers Committee and on the Executive Board of CUPE Local 2974.0 - Essex County Library Workers. Lori lives in Amherstburg with her partner Kevin, she is the mother to three amazing children and grandmother to her beautiful and smart granddaughter, Harper.


Tom Manherz - Director

Tom Manherz is proud to call himself a business owner and resident of Amherstburg for the past 20 years. Tom is the founder and President of Timberwolf Forest Products, manufacturers of crates and pallets. Timberwolf has just recently celebrated 30 years in business, having relocated to the current location on Howard Avenue in Amherstburg some 10 years ago. Three years ago Tom took the plunge into a new business venture by opening Wolfhead Distillery, along with business partners Larry Girard and wife Sue Manherz.  With the community’s support, Timberwolf and Wolfhead currently employ approximately 80 people, and have demonstrated leadership in their respective industries. Tom recently purchased a building in downtown Amherstburg, with a vision to one day open a Wolfhead retail location, offering easy access to Wolfhead products to Amherstburg residents and visitors.

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Dan Gemus - Director

Community involvement has always been a top priority for Dan and the Gemus Group. Broker/Owner and CEO of The Dan Gemus Real Estate Team Ltd., as well as President and owner of Duby's Home Centre Ltd, Gemus Homes Ltd, Goldmar Property Management Ltd. and Gemus Holdings Ltd., Dan and his teams have spend countless hours and resources raising nearly $120,000 for charitable causes since 2013. Dan is excited about the momentum and the direction in which the town is headed and looks forward to continued growth and prosperity of the town and all of its residents.  A resident of Amherstburg and married to his wife of 10 years. Dan and Nicole love to spend time around town with their 3 wonderful children.


Jen Desjardins-Grondin - Director

Jen Desjardins-Grondin is an Amherstburg native, wife and mother with an enthusiastic focus on the well-being of our residents, local business development, and the growth of tourism. A Communications Studies graduate from University of Windsor with over 25 years in management at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Jen brings deep leadership experience in the realms of Manufacturing, Global Supply Chain Operations, Customer Service, and Marketing. Jen is co-founder/owner of GL Heritage Brewing Company, Amherstburg’s first full-service brewery. In 2018, she was a recipient of the first Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab Award for initiatives to bring attention and traffic to Amherstburg. 


Linden Crain - Director

Linden Crain first began learning about what it takes to be a leader in high school as the student council Prime Minister at General Amherst. From there, Linden has gone onto the University of Windsor becoming a University of Windsor Students’ Alliance Senator, a member of Enactus Windsor, Executive on the Georgie-Odette Leadership Symposium, and contributing hundreds of hours volunteering outside of school throughout Amherstburg and Windsor-Essex. Linden brings his experience with marketing, team leadership, and entrepreneurship to the Amherstburg Community Foundation!


Michelle Stein - director

Michelle is the founder of Firehorse Leadership Organization, a grassroots non profit organization in Amherstburg since 2013. Firehorse Leadership provides leadership and capacity building life skills development for youth through the art of horsemanship.Michelle has over 20 years of non profit business and management experience, and over 10 years experience in small business, from startup to community investment. Michelle is married with two beautiful adult children. She resides in Wheatley, ON, which is her husband’s farming hometown. She is passionate about the spirit of Amherstburg, believing in supporting the heartbeat of a community, leveraging our youth and doing the right thing for the right reasons and creating an even brighter future together.