Councillor Jim Erb

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Jim has been a lifelong 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 eight 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 leader in business and an active community volunteer. As a small business owner, he successfully owned and operated Erb & Good Family Funeral Home in Waterloo for 30 years, and where he still works part time basis.

His involvement in the community includes eight years on Waterloo City Council and as an active member of many community boards. He was honoured by Governor General David Johnston with the Canadian Caring Award, named KW Citizen of the Year, was the honouree at the Mayor’s Dinner for The Working Centre and the recipient of both the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. He has been an active member of the Kitchener Conestoga Rotary Club for 38 years where for eight years he chaired their annual Turkey Drive for House of Friendship Christmas Hamper Program. Jim was also the founding chair of the Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival, a board member of KidsAbility Foundation, Shalom Counselling Services, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, and both the local and national boards of Habitat for Humanity.

Jim has been a lifelong 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.

Jim was elected to Waterloo Regional Council in 2018 and re-elected in 2022. During the 2018-2022 term, he chaired the Affordable Housing and Homelessness Committee which gave him an opportunity to advocate for some of the most vulnerable in our Region. In addition, Jim has been appointed by Regional Council to the following Committees, Boards, Project Teams, Working Groups and Studies:

Standing Committees

  • Administration and Finance
  • Audit
  • Budget
  • Community and Health Services (Chair)
  • Licensing and Hearings
  • Planning and Works

Other Appointments

  • Grand River Conservation Authority

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