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Mayor Jamie McGarvey

Portrait of Jaime McGarvey

Jamie McGarvey was a Municipal Councillor for 29 years before being elected as Mayor of the Town of Parry Sound in 2010, a position he has held since then. 

Jamie has been a Customer Service Advisor with Parry Sound Home Hardware for almost 45 years. He is a fourth generation Parry Sound resident and is married to Alison Scarrow. They have three children: Michael, Aaron and Bronwyn. 

Jamie has an extensive lifetime of experience in Parry Sound; he has served on many local, area and district committees over the last 40 years and has had many dealings with all levels of government:

Record of Experience:

  • Senior Customer Service Advisor and Product Specialist, Parry Sound Home Hardware, 1978 to Present - Currently Manager
  • Councillor - Township of Christie, December 1985 to November 1991
  • Councillor - Town of Parry Sound, December 1991 to 2010
  • Mayor - Town of Parry Sound 2010 to Present
  • Director - Ontario Small Urban Municipalities (OSUM) Board of Directors 2011 to Present; Chair from 2016-2018
  • President - Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) 2018 to 2020 and November 2021 to August 2022; Past-President 2020 to 2021, and 2022 to 2024; Director on Board of Directors 2011 to 2018, and 2020 to present; Chair of AMO Housing Task Force, Committee Member of AMO Indigenous Task Force
  • Director - Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association Board of Directors 2011 to 2014, Governance Committee of Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association
  • Board Member - Parry Sound District Social Services Administration Board 2003 to Present
  • Chair - Parry Sound District Land Ambulance Committee 2001 to Present
  • President - Parry Sound Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation 2010 to Present
  • Chair - Parry Sound District Provincial Offences Advisory Committee 2004 to 2006
  • Chair - Parry Sound Area Community Policing Advisory Committee 1998 to 2006
  • Board Member - Parry Sound Police Services Board 1994 to 1997
  • Commission Member - Parry Sound Area Economic Development Commission 1986 to 1994
  • Board Member - District of Parry Sound Youth Employment Services 1987 to 1991 

Over the years Jamie has worked with Federal and Provincial politicians and staff to help create opportunity for the Parry Sound Area. His work to get natural gas to the Parry Sound Area and to get a Community Futures Committee, which was able to get a Community Business Development Corporation here, has definitely helped the Parry Sound Area.

Jamie has assisted in building one of the best Land Ambulance services in Ontario. He has been recognized by the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association for taking initiative in trying to change federal and provincial policy so that more affordable housing can be built and current housing stock maintained. Jamie continues to work in the Parry Sound community to help create growth and greater opportunity.

Mayor McGarvey can be contacted via email.  No anonymous communications are accepted.  Contact information is requested for follow-up.